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Should You Wear a Bra at Night or Not?

Ladies, do you wear a bra at night? What are your reasons?

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<p>You don’t want to go down the sagsville road but love your comfort too much. What do you do?&nbsp;</p>
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The single best feeling in the world is taking OFF your bra after a long day at work! Whether you are the underwired-type, the sports bra-type, the pushup lover or the racy lacy one, all you women will agree that few things in life feel better than letting go of the restrictive cage!

But anyone with breasts will also agree that a nice, supportive bra is a necessary thing in life. And even though it gives that perky lift during the day, sometimes they just gotta go. There are so many voices around the notion of sleeping in a bra - some like me, will recoil at the idea, others can’t unstrap for the fear of sagging, so what should a girl do?

There is no out an out verdict anywhere which says that you should or shouldn’t wear a bra to sleep, so the best thing is to decide for yourself after reviewing all the facts.

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Breathe Woman, Breathe!

(Photo courtesy: Instagram/@calvinklein)
(Photo courtesy: Instagram/@calvinklein)

If you are well endowed, sleeping in a bra might feel more comfortable, given the weight of your bust. If your breasts are constantly tied, then circulation is one of the main things that suffer, especially true if you wear an underwire. If the wire is too tight against your skin, your chest muscles will be constricted, affecting the circulation of nerves in your arms.

For a sleeping bra, it’s less about support and more about containment, so you can skip out on the underwire because that is just pressing your breast tissue too much!

No, Bras Do Not Cause Cancer

Even if you still believe the bra-cancer myth, remember that correlation does not imply causation! (Photo courtesy: Instagram/@BeyonceBlue)
Even if you still believe the bra-cancer myth, remember that correlation does not imply causation! (Photo courtesy: Instagram/@BeyonceBlue)

The idea that bras, specifically underwire bras, increase the risk of breast cancer is a persistent myth, that doctors have tried to dispel for years.

A large-scale study published in Cancer Epidemiology, found no evidence of bra-wearing habits and any type of cancer in 1500 post-menopausal women. Once again, there is no connect between how many hours of bra you wear, to the kind of bra and breast cancer.

Need more proof? Here:

We do not know of any epidemiological studies published in scientific journals that suggest bras directly contribute to breast cancer risk or that lymphatic compression by bras might cause breast cancer.

American Cancer Society

Most of the claims that your bra is trying to kill you come from a 1995 book, Dressed to Kill: The link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)
(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Here’s the thing, the book is based on a study of 5500 women and draws a parallel between breast cancer and bras but the study in that book didn’t actually factor in known breast cancer risk factors, like family history, weight, etc. It just found a correlation, not a cause-and-effect relationship, albeit a scary one that is still quite popular.

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Hyperpigmentation!

The breast cancer link of wearing bras hasn’t been proved but hyperpigmentation or blemishes are a known side-effect of too much clamping your jigglys! So if you don’t want marks and spots in your assets, moisturise well and give them a night’s break.

Pregnancy, breast feeding, weight gain can all result in a fluctuating size, so get sized and opt for the size which makes you feel the best.

Halle Berry Wears It To Bed!

Halle Berry says her boobs defy gravity because she wears a bra in the night!
Halle Berry says her boobs defy gravity because she wears a bra in the night!

My ribcage hurts just thinking about it! Imagine, Halle Berry has never experienced the bliss of free-boobing!

Whatever! Let Berry’s perky assets not be your reason to be constantly uncomfortable in the name of beauty.

A French study done over 15 years found that breasts actually gained no benefit from the support of bras. In fact, the study says that boobs gain more tone and support from free-boobing!

The bottom line from the study: breasts need to jiggle. It actually strengthens the breast ligaments when you set them free. The authors feel, boobs get lazy, similar to what would happen if you put your arm in a sling and never used it.

But since the study was done only on 330 girls, we aren’t suggesting bra-burning, just yet!

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Bottom line: Wear a bra, don’t wear a bra, do whatever you like! But until the day men start sleeping in bras, I’ll be taking mine off the second I get at home. I hope Halle Berry starts doing the same!

Also Read: Anyone With Boobs Should Read This!

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