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Is It Bad To Sleep With A Bra On

Imagine wearing a bra for 8-10 hours and then putting on another bra before going to sleep. Did you just shudder at the thought? I know I did. Many of us can’t wait to take off our bra at the end of the day. It signals a welcome transition to relaxation. It allows us to finally breathe easy and not feel restricted. Not wearing a bra can feel like a luxury, so we look for alternatives, like dresses with built in support up top and other ways to go braless. For those of us who are fuller busted, bras might be our least favorite article of clothing, especially when we have to wear them for hours on end. Because of this, we celebrate little victories, like making it through the workday without adjusting our bras and wanting to tear them off or surviving airport security without being subjected to a pat down.

That being said, sometimes a bra can help provide necessary comfort for a peaceful night’s sleep or even peace of mind. How, you ask? For most women, the ideal sleeping bra is wireless and lightly lined and has the ability to keep everything in place during those 6-8 hours of slumber. Is this a bra of miracles and myth? Perhaps, but maybe not. With the possibility of waking up rejuvenated, restored, and well rested, is it bad to sleep with a bra on? Can a bra actually help provide a good night’s sleep? Additionally, while the idea of sleeping with a bra on doesn’t sound particularly appealing, are there any health benefits to wearing a bra to bed? And if so, is sleeping with a bra on the secret to avoiding sagginess and premature aging? The answers might surprise you.

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1.  Can sleeping with a bra on cause the wearer to develop breast cancer?

The short answer is a heavily debated no. Though some studies have tried to prove that sleeping with a bra on can cause the wearer to develop breast cancer, this is not true according to the many renowned medical doctors and experts who have expelled this myth.

2.  Can sleeping with a bra on help alleviate breast discomfort and pain?

Yes, but it depends on the type of bra that you select. Women who wear a C or larger cup size are sometimes advised to sleep in a lightweight bra. It’s often especially recommended if the wearer frequently suffers from breast discomfort while sleeping. Some have even suggested women wear underwired bras to bed, but there is no evidence that bras with underwire are more beneficial at night than bras without underwire.

3.  Can sleeping with a bra on prevent sagginess and premature aging?

Not exactly. While a bra can help with breast pain, it will not prevent sagginess or premature aging. For every study that promotes this myth, there’s a study that promotes the exact opposite (don’t wear a bra at all to prevent sagginess).

4.  Is wearing bra to bed bad for your health?

It can be. Wearing the wrong size bra can cause restless, irritation, poor circulation and discomfort, regardless of the time of day. If you prefer to wear a bra to bed, look for one without underwire. If you choose to wear a bra to bed with underwire, please make sure you’re wearing the right size. Check out ‘Why All Women Should Get A Professional Bra Fitting’ if you’re unsure about getting a bra fitting or if you’ve never been fit for a bra. Once you’re ready for a bra fitting, these retailers can help.

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While wearing a bra to bed may not be the answer to sagginess, premature aging, and gravity, it can help you get a good night’s sleep if you regularly suffer from breast discomfort or tenderness. Ultimately, there aren’t many proven health benefits for wearing a bra to bed. Is it bad to sleep with a bra on? Not necessarily. If you’re happy wearing a bra to bed, go for it! If wearing a bra to bed makes you uncomfortable, skip it! Above all, wear what makes you most comfortable. 

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Whether you’re shopping for new everyday bras or lingerie for a special occasion, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find bras that fit well and feel good, especially when you’re doing it on your own. If you’ve ever felt unsure about your bra size or you just don’t know where to go to find good bras, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings. Their expert bra fitters will take the pain and frustration out of bra shopping and do all the work for you. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best bras are hiding.

If you’ve struggled with finding bras in the right size, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy bra shopping!


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Katie Donnelly

Katie Donnelly is a full-time freelance writer, content manager, and founder of Katie Rose Creative. An experienced bra fitter, Katie has helped hundreds of people shop for lingerie. Her favorite bra is the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra.

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