Finding earrings comfortable enough to sleep in can save time on a bedtime routine.
However, many people remain unsure if they should remove earrings before bed. Some of us never remove our earrings, while others would never consider wearing jewelry to bed.
Sleep in new earrings to prevent pierced skin from healing. After this, it’s a matter of choice.
Leaving earrings in saves time reduces the risk of bacterial infection, and keeps the earrings close. However, prolonged sleeping in earrings can lead to sagging skin and damage the jewelry and bedding.
If you have delicate skin, remove your earrings at bedtime. If you choose to keep them in, ensure that your jewelry won’t disrupt your sleep. Thankfully, this can be achieved effortlessly.
Are You Supposed to Sleep with Earrings In?
Healthcare professionals usually suggest that earrings should be removed before bed in the name of comfort as much as anything else. Not everybody heeds this advice, though. In many cases, sleeping with or without earrings is a matter of personal choice.
Newly pierced ears need to always contain earrings, including while sleeping. Removing the jewelry could allow the hole to close over in these instances. Ears that have been pierced for some time are usually OK to be left alone overnight.
You can decide for yourself if sleeping with your earrings is right for you. Before making this choice, ensure that you fully understand the implications of your decision.
Pros and Cons of Sleeping with Earrings In
There are some minor advantages to sleeping with earrings in place, but there are risks and hazards. Let’s review the pros and cons of wearing earrings to bed so that you can decide.
Reasons to Sleep with Earrings In
If the idea of removing your earrings before heading to bed is unappealing, here’s some good news. There are reasons it could be considered advantageous to sleep while wearing earrings.
Easier Bedtime Routine
Many of us already have a lengthy bedtime routine. We need to shower, possibly remove any make-up, clear our mind of the day’s events, change into pajamas (or remove clothing altogether), which is a lot to consider before we’ve even made it into the bedroom.
For some, the idea of removing jewelry is another step in an already-exhaustive list of pre-bed rituals. If you can get away with wearing earrings in bed, you may prefer to do so, especially if the process of removing the earrings is complex and frustrating.
Reduced Risk of Bacterial Infection
We should not lose sight of what piercing our ears involves: punching a hole into the flesh. According to Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses, post-piercing complications, including bacterial infection and inflammation, are quite commonplace.
You can reduce this hazard by cleaning the wound regularly until it heals. Also, sleeping with your earrings in offers a measure of protection, though. If you keep studs in your ear, there is no open hole for bacteria to enter while you sleep.
Security of Treasured Possessions
Earrings are often more than mere decorations. Jewelry may have been presented as a gift, bringing priceless sentimentality to the earrings. In such cases, you may prefer to keep your earrings in while you sleep.
We’re rarely more vulnerable than while we doze, and it is impossible to guard our valuables in such an instance. If you don’t live alone, you may not feel comfortable leaving earrings on a bedside table, potentially in clear view of other residents of your home.
Theft isn’t the only concern. If you live with pets, earrings may be knocked or even accidentally swallowed while removed. Also, it’s easy to drop and lose a small, delicate earring. If they are being worn, you’ll know precisely where your earrings are.
Reasons Take Out Earrings to Sleep
Naturally, for every reason that sleeping while wearing earrings is a positive move, there are also reasons to remove your jewelry.
Before committing to sleeping while wearing earrings, consider these potential disadvantages:
Less Potential Discomfort
The most significant benefit of sleeping without earrings is comfort.
As you can imagine, an earring will apply pressure to your face when you lean upon it. If you like to sleep on your side, this can quickly become uncomfortable and disturb your sleep.
Also, consider that the human body tends to sweat while we sleep, increasing the risk of allergic reactions. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology explains that many lower-cost earrings contain nickel – something you may be allergic to.
An allergic reaction, especially one that unfolds overnight, can lead to significant discomfort. If you experience headaches, swelling, pain, or a build-up of pus around the ears after sleeping with earrings in, you must cease doing so at once.
Reduces Risk of Loss or Damage to Earrings
We discussed how sleeping in your earrings means you always know where they are. Earrings can fall out while we sleep, especially if we toss and turn. If this goes unnoticed, as is likely, an expensive earring can be lost permanently.
Imagine you do not notice the earring has fallen out until mid-morning the following day. By this point, you’ll have made your bed – possibly even stripped and laundered the sheets – and changed your clothes. The earring could be anywhere by now.
Taking out your earrings the night before and placing them somewhere secure takes time, but less than searching for a lost earring. Removing the jewelry overnight can spare hours of searching the entire house for a small, delicate trinket.
Less Wear and Tear to Pillows and Bedsheets
If you have spent a substantial sum of money on luxurious pillowcases and bedsheets, you’ll want to protect them. To avoid stains, you may remove your make-up, but earrings can catch material and lead to snags and rips. Over time, this can grow increasingly frustrating.
You’ll likely need to replace your bedding constantly. Even with cheaper items, the cost may eventually exceed the value of your earrings, no matter how lavish.
It could be more effective to remove the jewelry before bed.
Can I Sleep with My Earrings Out?
Once enough time passes to remove earrings for any period, you can consider taking your jewelry out at bedtime. In fact, as per the information laid out above, this could be deemed advisable.
Before removing your earrings at bedtime, ensure that ear and jewelry maintenance becomes part of your pre-sleep ritual.
Steps to include here include:
- Wash your hands thoroughly – never touch a piercing hole with dirty hands
- Clean the pierced area thoroughly with a cotton bud. Once the ears have been pierced a while, cold water should be sufficient. If it makes you more comfortable, use a saline solution
- Dry the ear before getting into bed
- Place your earrings somewhere safe and secure, so they don’t get lost
There’s no general rule as to when you need to re-apply your earrings. In some cases, you may need to put them back in as soon as you wake.
Other piercings may be able to wait several weeks. The important thing is protecting your jewelry while also enjoying high-quality sleep.
When Can I Take My Earrings Out to Sleep?
If you have had your ears pierced, you must allow your skin time to heal.
If you remove your earrings before this occurs, you risk exposing the piercing site to bacteria. Bacterial inflammation will need to be treated with antibiotics, with a risk of scarring if ignored.
In most instances, ears will heal up following piercing within six weeks. This is likely the length of time a professional piercer will recommend before taking out your earrings for any reason, including sleep. However, it could take as long as three months in some cases.
Clean the pierced area with a saline solution each evening to bolster the healing, and if in any doubt, seek the advice of a healthcare professional.
As a rule, if you feel that your pierced ears are not fully healed, they probably aren’t.
How Long Can You Leave Earrings Out Before the Hole Closes?
Avoid leaving your earrings out for longer than 24 hours for the first six months of ear piercing.
Although your skin will theoretically repair within six weeks, it can reheal if left unpierced for long. A night’s sleep is fine, but anything else is pushing your luck.
Beyond these first six months, you should enjoy a little more flexibility. Exactly how long depends on your unique skin, but it’s rarely less than a week. You can certainly remove your earrings at bedtime and, in many respects, should seriously consider doing so.
How to Sleep with Earrings Comfortably
If you have recently bought some jewelry, you’ll need to know how to sleep with new earrings. As we’ve discussed, you’ll need to keep your earrings in for a while to prevent the piercing hole from closing.
Any new ear piercings must be cleaned before bed. If you miss out on this step, you’re not taking appropriate precautions against bacterial infection.
Other steps must also be taken to comfortably sleep in earrings, especially if you’re new to the jewelry.
Wear Stud Earrings
If you plan to sleep wearing earrings, it’s advisable to stick with studs. Hoop earrings are designed with aesthetics in mind over practicality, especially when oversized. Studs are smaller and sturdier, thus likelier to remain in place while you sleep.
Even within this remit, shop for styles of stud earrings that encourage wear in bed. Screw back earrings, rather than butterfly backs, are considerably more secure. These earrings are unlikely to loosen and fall out while you sleep.
If you insist on wearing larger earrings in bed, including hoops, shop for silicon stoppers. You’ll find these online or in reputable jewelry stores.
These stoppers will keep the earrings in place and prevent metal rubbing on the skin.
Practice Sleeping Positions
Finding the ideal position for sleeping in earrings may take a little practice and trial and error, especially if your ears are newly pierced. The pressure placed on the ears will dictate how comfortable you feel in bed.
Sleeping on your back’s ideal because this minimizes any impact on the ears. Just be aware that you will likely toss and turn, and unexpected pressure on the ears may wake you. Pack your body and head with pillows to reduce the risk of disturbed sleep.
The idea here is to prevent you from changing your position too drastically. It may initially feel restrictive, especially if you’re not used to sleeping on your back, but the ends justify the means. You’ll not damage your earrings or place undue pressure on your ears.
Keep Hair Under Control
Long, loose hair and earrings can be a recipe for disaster while sleeping. If your hair is left to flow, it could wrap around your earrings. As you naturally move in your sleep, hair may tug at your jewelry.
If this happens enough, or even once with sufficient force, you could tug the earring out. This will potentially lead to lost jewelry, pain in the ear, and even injury if the unwitting earring removal is forceful.
Consider covering or braiding your hair before bed to avoid any such mishaps. Don’t use tough, tight elastic hairbands, as that’s just exchanging one discomfort for another.
A silk scarf or loose fabric band will do the trick.
Get The Right Type of Pillow
Ensure that your pillow is soft enough to accommodate the wearing of earrings in bed. Solid pillows may feel initially comfortable, but they’ll eventually dig into your jewelry and become uncomfortable.
If you’re particularly serious about sleeping in earrings, you could look for a specialist pillow. For example, a horseshoe pillow will encourage back sleeping and keep pressure off the ears.
Alternatively, look into getting earhole pillows. As the name suggests, these pillows contain a hollow segment where your jewelry-clad ears can rest. If you get the latter, you may even get away with wearing hoop earrings in bed.
Sleeping in earrings is a matter of personal choice. Find an approach that works for you and maximizes comfort, hygiene, and safety. Remember, new earrings should be worn as much as possible, including during sleep. Otherwise, act in whichever way makes you feel most comfortable.