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Is It Bad To Sleep In A Bra

Do you wear a bra to bed? Some women feel comfortable wearing a bra to sleep, while others wouldn’t dream of sleeping with a bra on.

It might seem like a terrible idea to keep your bra on but wearing a bra to bed does have its perks. Read on for the pros and cons of sleeping with a bra on.


1.  Provides lightweight support

If you’re choosing to wear a bra to bed, it’s best to look for a bralette that is lightweight and constructed in a soft, stretchy fabric. Bralettes provide comfortable support and can be worn as sleeping bras and lounging bras. We love the Serene Unlined Triangle Bra in Ivory, Sea, or Black – it’s so comfortable you won’t want to take it off!

2.  Keeps your breasts in place

A good bralette will keep your breasts feeling supported and in place during the full eight hours. Be sure not to choose anything too restrictive as you want to focus on comfort first. Also, avoid anything with a lot of seams, cut-outs, and straps. Minimal, simple designs with comfortable fabrics are key here.

3.  Can provide comfort for sore breasts

Bralettes can provide comfort for sore, tender breasts. They’re great for wearing while you’re on period or for when you want the freedom of a wireless bra. Of course, bralettes aren’t miracle workers – they won’t relieve the pain completely – but they may help a little.


1.  Bras with underwire can cause discomfort

We wouldn’t recommend wearing a bra with underwire to bed. The underwire may dig into your skin as the bra moves while when you’re tossing and turning in your sleep. Underwire bras can also be made of sturdier, supportive fabrics (like power mesh, for example) that provide more support than you might need at night.

2.  Ill-fitting bras can do more harm than good

Bras that are too small or too big may cause more pain than anything else. You could experience skin irritation, soreness, and bruising, among other concerns if you wear a bra that doesn’t fit to bed. Instead of a wearing a bra that doesn’t fit, you could try going braless instead.

3.  You’ll have to try on a bunch of bras before you find the right one.

It can be challenging to find a comfortable bra that you’ll actually want to wear to bed. You might need to try on a few bras before you find a good one. We recommend visiting a local lingerie store for a fitting and help with finding a comfortable bra for bed (if you decide that you want to wear one). The bra fitters at your local lingerie boutique will ensure that you’re wearing the right size and make suggestions on the styles and fabrics that are best for sleeping bras.


These might not apply if you’ve recently had a breast augmentation or breast reduction surgery. It’s best to consult your doctor because they’ll have suggestions for what you should wear while you’re healing and after you’re done healing. Also, be sure to talk with your doctor before you start wearing a bra to bed.

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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!

Featured image lingerie:
Serene Unlined Triangle Bra A1562 | Serene Bikini A1563 in Sea
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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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