Sleep is essentially linked to your physical and emotional health. A good night sleep will boost your mood and also improve your looks.
Quality sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Inadequate or poor quality sleep can lead to a wide range of medical problems, including stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, depression, weight gain, and even heart attack.
Among a long list of factors that hamper good sleep are the things we sometimes wear to bed.
So, for good, quality sleep, here are five things you should not wear to sleep
There is widespread misconception that putting on bra to sleep can prevent breast from sagging, the reason why most women go to sleep with bras. But wearing a bra to bed can hamper ones ability to achieve a good sleep. That is apart from making one vulnerable to numerous health issues.
The lead consultant breast surgeon at the London Breast Institute of the Princess Grace Hospital, Professor Kefah Mokbel while speaking with DailyMail UK, women about the dangers of wearing bra to sleep.
“Wearing a constrictive bra to sleep affects the physiology of the breast,” he said. “It can impair the blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which, at worst, can lead to chronic inflammation, oedema (fluid retention) and discomfort.”
As a woman, you don’t need to wear panties to bed except when menstruating.
Wearing panties to sleep during the night can create a moist and warm breeding ground for yeast infections.
An Obstetrician-gynaecologist, Michigan State University, Nancy Herta, highlights conditions such as yeast infections, vaginismus, and bacterial vaginosis as health issues wearing of panties to sleep can cause.
Dr. Herta said that between discharge and sweat, your vagina is prone to product moisture overnight. Underwear can trap that moisture, creating a breeding ground for the bad bacteria that cause those conditions.
“Allowing that area to get some air helps to keep it dry and clean. Giving your vagina some breathing room lets it take better care of itself.”
If you are prone to vaginal issues, you really should sleep without panties. And if you have not experienced it, you still need to stay away from panties at night.
Another Obstetrician-gyneacologist, Pari Ghodsi, said that, “Going underwear-free is a good idea if you have a yeast infection right now or you are very prone to them and get them often.”
3. Make up
Sleeping with make up can do you more harm than just mess up your sheets.
When you leave your makeup on all night, the dirt and oil build up on your face and block your pores.
When your pores are blocked, it could lead to pimples. For women who are already prone to pimples, this could agravate the situation.
Samer Jaber, MD, of Washington Square Dermatology in New York City said that, “sleeping with makeup is really bad, as your pores will get clogged. It can significantly increase breakouts, acne, skin dryness, and irritation.”
Sleeping with make up will make you get wrinkles faster which may aid speed up the aging process.
The List quotes Andrea Rodriguez of Chalet Cosmetics, as saying: “Sleeping in makeup clogs pores causing breakouts, dries out the skin causing redness and sensitivity, and speeds up the aging process leading to premature wrinkles.”
Dr. Jaber steadfastly recommends that women wash their face in the evening to make sure to erase all makeup from their skin. “How to wash and clean your skin is up to each individual patient, and depends on skin type,” Dr. Jaber says. “For those with more oily skin, foaming washes and wipes may be more effective. For those with sensitive skin, a gentle non-foaming cleanser may be better.”
So no matter how exhausted you may be, try and take off your make up before going to bed.
You need to say no to jewelry in bed if you want sound sleep. Although you may not want to remove significant item like your wedding ring but sleeping in your jewelry is not a good idea.
Sleeping with jewelry makes you vulnerable to a wide array of health issues. The longer you keep it on, the more you’re exposing yourself to developing various skin irritations or allergic reactions from the jewelry’s materials.
You can also scratch yourself unknowingly when sleeping and your jewelry can get tangled in your hair.
5. Contact lenses
When you wear contact lenses and take care of it properly, it provide safe and effective vision correction. But sleeping with contact lenses increases your risk of eye infections.
Andre Horn, senior optometrist and managing director of Mellins i-Style told Mens Health said its not a good Idea to sleep with contact lens.
He said :“When you sleep with your contact lenses in, your corneas don’t get enough oxygen as the contact lens, which fits snugly over the surface of the cornea, acts as a barrier between the closed eyelid and the cornea.”
The science is simple, when you’re awake, by blinking your cornea receives oxygen from the air. However, because no blinking is done while asleep, no oxygen is received.
Clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr Thomas Steinemann says the lack of oxygen can have some serious effects on the cornea.
“Without oxygen, the cornea swells up – not a cartoonish, popping-out-of-your-head amount, but enough so that gaps appear between the eye’s surface cells, where bacteria can sneak in. These bacteria may increase your risk of eye infection by nearly seven-fold.