The whole reason behind wearing a bra is to apportion some or all of the weight of your bust onto the shoulders and waist area. When a bra is properly fitted, about 85 to 90% of this weight is carried by the band, while the remaining work is done by the shoulders. When a bra fits poorly, most of the weight is on the shoulders. This might cause headaches, or pain in the shoulders and neck.
Women and girls wear bras for a variety of reasons. Below are some things bras do.
- Hide nipples
- Delay (but not prevent) sagging
- Prevent bouncing of breasts, and thus avoid pain and discomfort
- Make some clothes look better
- Help show cleavage
- Control sweating under the bust
- Enhance beauty
- Prevent backache and spine issues in busty women
- Act as underwear (adding insulation and reducing friction) for the upper part of a woman’s body
Why you should not wear your bra to bed
For some women, there is no better feeling at the end of a long day than returning home and taking off their bras. But most women are still wearing them, because we think that it can keep breasts young and healthy. Before we delve properly into why we should never sleep with our bra on, let us first dislodge the notion that going to bed wearing a bra makes your breast perkier. Science and researches carried out over time has proven that bras have little or nothing to contribute to the health of your breast.
Although, sometimes, you don’t plan to go bed wearing as bra. You come home after a completely exhausting day and all you can think of is flopping straight into your bed, curling up under the covers and falling asleep instantly. Sometimes, you don’t even remember to put on a pajamas when your bed looks very comfy and irresistible. And we even tend to fall asleep in our jeans or whatever it is we came back from work or any function with. In all these, we also forget to remove our bra.
Probably, if you learn about the health effects of wearing a bra to bed, it could bludgeon you to use your last resolve and unhook that tool of utmost discomfort. Though wearing a bra to bed may appear very harmless to you, the truth is, it can result in a number of drastic health problems.
Below are some of the problems wearing your bra when sleeping can cause:
- Impacts blood circulation
Sleeping in your bra, especially if your bra has underwire, impacts blood circulation. If the wire is too tight against your skin, your muscles will be constricted, affecting the circulation of the nerves in your arms, thereby affecting your nervous system. Wearing a snug-fitting bra to bed, including a sports bra, can hurt breast tissue due to constantly restricted circulation.
- Causes discomfort
Being constricted, even slightly, can affect your sleep. Much like wearing clothing to bed that’s too tight, wearing a bra can cause restlessness due to irritation that you may not even notice. Wearing a bra to bed can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.
- Can result to hyper pigmentation
Hyper pigmentation is another word for dark spots, discoloration or uneven skin tone. It is a condition caused by increased levels of melanin, which is the pigment in the body that damages skin color. Bras that are too tight can cause hyper pigmentation by constantly rubbing against your skin, causing friction, irritation and damaging your skin. Bras are usually well-fitted. When worn for a longer period, they may cause pigmentation, discoloration, dark spots and in some cases even skin rashes.
- Fungus may affect your breast health
Growth of fungus can be facilitated by wearing bra while sleeping since it may create moisture around the bosom area. Also, regularly wearing an ill- fitting bra to sleep can also create a perfect moist environment for fungi to breed in. As unpleasant as it sounds, most women are wearing bras that don’t fit properly, so the chance of developing breast fungus may be more likely than you think. This is especially if you wear bra to bed. Avoid wearing bra while sleeping and give your breasts time to breathe.
- It can cause skin irritation
Wearing a bra to bed is strongly advised against. This is because it can easily cause skin irritation. The hooks and straps can protrude into your skin, eventually causing lesions or even cysts if left for too long, particularly if the bra is underwire. While you may not notice any discomfort while falling asleep, your body is sure to suffer irritation throughout the night.Which is why you should save yourself the stress by removing it before sleeping. Also, make sure to remove your bra whenever you fell any kind of discomfort especially when you’ve worn them for a long time.
- It can affect the psychology of your breast
Wearing a constrictive bra to bed can negatively affect the lymphatic system. By impairing blood flow and lymphatic drainage, a too-tight bra can lead to chronic inflammation and fluid retention. The lymph glands help remove toxins from the breast area, so impaired lymph drainage can negatively affect the liver, kidneys and other parts of the body by keeping toxins in, instead of pushing them out. It could also cause breast cancer.
“Sleeping in a bra is the worst thing to do for the breasts. Bra-free women have about the same incidence of breast cancer as men, while the incidence rises the tighter and longer a bra is worn, to over 100 times higher for a 24/7 bra user compared to bra-free. The compression of the breast tissue by the bra, which is evident by seeing red marks or indentations in the skin from the bra, results in fluid and toxin accumulation, causing pain, cysts, and ultimately, cancer. To find out if your bra is harming your breasts, try going bra-free for one month and feel the difference.” So it’s probably best to steer clear from wearing a bra in bed, and that’s not to mention the effect it might have on your quality of sleep, especially if it’s underwired
.The bottom line from a doctor’s point of view, it seems, is that there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t wear your bra to bed; breast sagging just isn’t one of them