Is Sleeping In A Bra Bad For You? Here’s What Wearing A Bra To Bed Can Do To Your Body
When I lay down to go to sleep at night, you'll never catch me wearing a bra with my PJs.
Actually, if you know me, then you're probably aware I do not wear bras at all, period (I practically invented #FreeTheNipple).
TBH, I've always wondered why some women wear bras to sleep. Isn't that the time of day when you'd want to be the most comfortable and snuggly (two words that are pretty much never associated with a bra)?
Some women believe it prevents your breasts from sagging, among a slew of other ridiculous grapevine tales.
But this is what really happens when you wear your bra to sleep.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Wearing a bra while you sleep is basically a nonsensical thing to do.
Dr. Seth Rankin, founder of private GP chain London Doctors Clinic, spoke to Cosmopolitan about how a woman's breasts actually sag over time, and why snoozing in a bra will do essentially nothing to stop that natural process:
Sagging is caused by the downwards pull of gravity on the mass of your breasts. That's why bigger breasts sag more, as there's more fat within the tissue for gravity to work on. When you're lying down flat, the effect of gravity pushes the breast tissue back towards your chest, instead of down towards your toes. So wearing a bra (the purpose of which is ultimately to support breasts from below) is essentially redundant in bed, as breasts naturally compress back down onto the chest.
Dr. Rankins added, regardless of whether or not you wear a bra while you sleep sleep, any prolonged period of lying down can technically delay the inevitable sagging of the breasts that come with age.
So, if you're worried about your boobs getting saggy, I guess you can stay home and lie down all day in a fruitless attempt to fight gravity.
But I'm sure you don't need me to tell you why that might be a little problematic.
What you should really concern yourself with is the comfort of your bra, and whether or not it's too tight for you.
If your bra straps are pressing too tightly into your skin, it can actually create indents in your tissue in the long run. And, let's just say, your body really, really doesn't like that.
Dr. Rankins explained,
The same goes for the lymphatic system: A tight bra may restrict the flow of lymph to the many important lymph nodes around the breast and armpit, hindering the system's vital function of flushing toxic waste-products from the body.
A couple of bra straps can do all of that?! Now that is mind-blowing.
So, while I can understand vanity to a certain extent, your overall health should come before literally anything else in this world.
Things like your breast tissue, lymph nodes, and keeping toxic waste out of your body are all way more important than potentially saggy boobs.
Whether you feel like you're mentally prepared for it or not, your boobs will sag one day. It's going to happen to all of us.
So, rather than trying to win an impossible fight with gravity, how about you just enjoy the ride with where your chesticles are right now?