It turns out that it’s not just discomfort that should prevent you from wearing earrings to sleep. Not taking your earrings off before going to bed has a host of consequences.
These range from skin irritation to sagging skin and infections. Sure, you may get away with wearing your earrings to sleep a few times, but the consequences of doing so can catch up with you later.
You should take your earrings out when you’re going to sleep. If you don’t want to take them off, there are some ways you comfortably sleep with your earrings, such as using specialty backings, changing your sleep position and replacing your pillow.
Important Reasons to Take Out Your Earring before Sleep
First, let’s talk about why it’s bad to sleep with your earrings in.
1) Your Earrings May Not be Clean Enough
Cleaning your jewelry is essential to maintain their original appearance and make them look good as new. However, chances are you’re probably not cleaning them often enough. Bacteria, dirt, and dead skin can build up in your earrings during each wear. Therefore, it’s vital that you clean them with an antibacterial agent or wipe after every use – especially if you’ve just pierced your ears.
Unclean earrings can irritate your skin, resulting in blisters and rashes. Metals that are typically added to silver and gold jewelry, such as nickel can be irritating. Some people may even be allergic to the nickel present in jewelry.
According to the National Health Service, older women, people with sleep conditions and those taking certain medications can be more prone to night sweats. Increased perspiration in the night can cause jewelry to react with the skin, resulting in skin troubles during sleep.
Furthermore, you may not feel that your newly pierced ears aren’t susceptible to infection after healing, but constant friction and unclean posts can increase your risk. According to a University of Minnesota Medical Center study, persistent friction in newly-pierced ears from unsterile posts can also result in skin issues. Therefore, if you’ve recently gotten your ears pierced, allow them to heal properly by taking your earrings off before getting to bed.
In addition to cleaning them with antibacterial wipes, give your posts a good soak in warm water every now and then to keep them squeaky clean. The bacteria and dirt built up on used jewelry can be notorious for causing skin irritations and infections.
2) Pulling and Sagging
Wearing detailed or heavy earrings doesn’t only make sleeping uncomfortable, it can also pull and snag your piercing, causing your earlobe to sag prematurely. What most people aren’t aware of is that earlobes are also prone to aging.
With age and sun exposure, it’s normal for the collagen and elastin fibers in your skin –including the one in your earlobes – to decline, causing aging and sagginess. There’s even a plastic surgery procedure where a small incision is made behind the ear to lift the earlobe, effectively reducing signs of sagging and aging.
Surgical procedures to reduce sagging earlobes can be expensive, costing around $1500 to $3000.You can use a less expensive option, such as dermal fillers, but the effects are temporary, lasting from around nine months to a year. Therefore, your best bet would be to prevent your earlobes from sagging, rather than worrying about curing it later on.
To prevent your earlobes from sagging, consider applying SPF on the skin of your ears, paying particular attention to your earlobes. Use a moisturizer that focuses on hydrating the skin, such as one with hyaluronic acid. And of course, use big and heavy earrings minimally and always take them off before going to bed.
Big earrings can snag on your hair, or the pillow or blanket. When you toss and turn in your sleep, there’s a high chance that you’ll pull your piercing. If you wake up missing an earring, it’s likely that you’ve pulled it out during your slumber. Doctors explain that a pulled earring can be so serious, that it can even lead to a split earlobe.
3) Snagging Your Sheets
Sleeping in your earrings don’t only hurt your skin every time, but it can also snag your sheets, causing them to rip. Whether you’re using an inexpensive set, or a high thread count sheet set, you don’t want your earrings to create holes in your pillows or bedding.
Some people can go to sleep with zero issues with a pair of earrings on. This could be because they are deep sleepers, have incredibly tiring schedules or the sharp points of their earrings aren’t long enough to jab their skin. Regardless of the reason, comfort is critical for a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t feel it, your earrings may be causing you to wake up frequently in the night, thereby severely affecting your overall sleep quality.
Moreover, if you are getting jabbed by your earrings in the night, it’s highly likely that you will wake up at least once wanting to take your earrings off. Therefore, it’s best to save yourself the trouble by taking them off before going to sleep.
But if you are looking for ways to sleep with your earrings on comfortably, some tricks can help. Keep reading to find out more on how you can sleep undisturbed without taking your earrings off.
How to Sleep with Earrings Comfortably
We all have nightly routines before we make our way to the bed. Your routine may include facial masks, meditation, a warm shower or reading a book. Another common pre-bedtime ritual most women abide by is taking off all jewelry – especially earrings. It may feel like a small task that takes only a couple of minutes, but taking care of your earrings at the end of an exhausting day can feel pretty annoying.
You probably want to skip taking your earrings off and jump into your bed, or maybe you’re too tired in the morning to put them in before heading to work. Maybe you forget to take them off some days.
Whatever the reason, it would be great if you could leave them on and fall asleep, without the agonizing discomfort that comes in later. The good news is that you can leave your earrings in while sleeping, you have to follow a few tips and trips given below.
1) Pay Attention to your Sleeping Position
One of the most common concerns with sleeping with your earrings on is dealing with the sharp end of the post stabbing your neck throughout the night. However, this is only an issue if you have a habit of sleeping on your stomach or your side. When you sleep on your side or stomach, the side of your head presses into your pillow, causing the sharp ends of your earrings to jab your skin all night long.
One excellent solution to prevent this is to change your sleeping position. Sleeping on your back means that your earlobes won’t press against your pillow, stopping your ear studs from hurting your skin.
Sleeping on your back also helps reduce the effects of acid reflux – which typically occurs in the night when you’re trying to sleep. It also reduces your risk of skin aging and acne, as your face isn’t pressing against anything, causing it to stretch when you’re asleep, and it doesn’t come in contact with the nasty acne-causing bacteria and sebum residing in your pillow covers.
Of course, an old habit such as your sleep position isn’t going to be an easy one to change. Training yourself to sleep on your back can be especially tough if you’ve been sleeping on your side or stomach for several years before. Fortunately, there is a way for you to sleep on your side without being pricked by your earrings.
Fold your arm and place it under your head. Position your ear over the crevice of your arm so that it doesn’t press against anything during your sleep. This technique allows you to continue sleeping on your side while making sure that your earlobes stay free of contact.
2) Use a Specialty Pillow
There is a different type of pillow for just about every issue one can encounter. Believe it or not, there is one that can help with your earring troubles as well. Replacing your standard pillow with a ring-shaped or U-shaped travel pillow can allow you to sleep comfortably with your earrings on.
Many retailers offer a type of pillow called an ear infection pillow. An ear infection pillow is a foam-based, ring-shaped pillow designed to prevent ear infection by allowing your ears to rest in the center of the pillow.
Sleeping on a ring-shaped pillow keeps your earlobes from touching or pressing against anything, thus preventing the pointy ends from sticking against your neck. If you don’t want a drastic change from your current pillow, look for something that resembles a standard pillow with a recessed region in the center.
Another option you probably have lying around in your home is a U-shaped travel pillow. A U-shaped pillow supports your neck while preventing your ears from getting in contact with anything. It can help you get into the habit of sleeping on your back, which is another foolproof way of sleeping with your earrings on comfortably.
3) Use Specialty Backings
Perhaps the smartest and most effective way to sleep soundly through the night with your earrings on is to use a pair of specialty backings. There is a wide variety of special backings available, but most of them have in thing in common – they are designed for comfort, even during sleep.
One kind of specialty backing is a screw-on flat back. This blocks the pointy ends of your existing earrings by adding a flattened end to them thus, allowing you to sleep in your regular position without hurting your skin.
Another great option is to use a specialty backing made of rubber or silicone. These backings often slip right over most types of earring posts and do a great job is protecting your skin from the sharp ends of your earrings.
4) Manage Your Hair
While most experts recommend sleeping with your hair kept loose without any elastic bands, doing so with your earrings on can prove to be problematic. Sleeping with loose hair increases the risk of your hair strands getting all tangled up with your earrings, especially if they’re the more detailed, dangling varieties. This isn’t only painful but can cause your earrings to get pulled out, causing damage to your hair and earlobes.
Therefore, to prevent any messy situations caused by interactions between your hair and earrings during your sleep, consider braiding your hair before going to bed. To prevent any excess tugging or breakage to your hair while it is tied back, make sure you use fabric hair bands, instead of the regular elastic hair ties.
What Earrings are Comfortable to Sleep in?
While most of us pay close attention to the earring styles available in the market, we often don’t stop to think about the types of earring backings that can help make wearing them much more enjoyable for us. People who lose their earrings due to a loose back or those who have young children, who have recently pierced their ears, may benefit from using a different type of backing that is better suited to their needs.
Therefore, while looking for an earring that is comfortable to sleep in, look for something that has a screw back backing. Screw back earrings have a secure screw design that features a threaded style that allows the backing to screw into the earring post. This will enable you to screw the backing into your earring, without having to push it in to secure it in place.
The most obvious characteristic of screw back earrings is the type of backing used. Screw backs often have a covered back that prevents the post from pricking the user’s neck. In general, screw back earrings come with the following advantages:
1) They’re Tough to Remove
This may seem like a disadvantage in the beginning but having earrings that are difficult to remove is a good thing, especially if you have kids that are tempted to touch or remove them. Due to this, screw back earrings cause a lower risk of choking in babies and young children. Of course, for adults and teenagers, they aren’t as tough to remove, as long as you know what you’re doing.
2) They Aren’t Easy to Lose
Losing an earring or backing is common among all people of all ages. It’s never fun when you lose an expensive earring or a piece of jewelry you genuinely cherish. Fortunately, screw back earrings reduce the risk of losing an earring because they’re more secure and don’t get tugged on sheets, pillows or towels.
They’re also suitable for people who are physically active. It’s incredibly common for people to lose their earrings during a workout or a run, but using a screw backing can help prevent this.
3) They’re Much Safer
Because the sharp end of your earring post is covered by your backing, it can be much easier for you to sleep with your earrings on, without worrying about them poking you throughout the night.
Sleeping with Newly Pierced Ears
New piercings are always fun and exciting – but they can be uncomfortable to sleep in. Of course, taking them off before going to bed is always going to be the best choice, but there are ways you can leave them in without going through any discomfort. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind while sleeping with your newly pierced ears.
1) Avoid Sleeping on the Same Side of Your Piercing
This may seem like common sense, but sleeping on the same side as your newly pierced ears is a surefire way of feeling intense pain in the night. It may feel challenging to avoid sleeping on your side, but propping your pillows to keep you on the other side or on your back the entire night can help you immensely.
2) Keep Your New Piercing Clean
It’s important that you clean your new piercing every time before going to bed. This will help keep your jewelry clean and prevent any infection. Furthermore, regularly cleaning your piercing also ensures that it is well-lubricated and comfortable while you’re asleep.
A quick and easy way to clean and disinfect a new piercing is using rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol may sting when applied, but the feeling often goes away within seconds. Plus it’s the best way to know that your piercing is sterilized and clean.
If your ears feel slightly sore, try using Neosporin, the numbing pain relief kind. This will help heal your pierced ears faster and will also numb the pain during your sleep. However, if your ears do get infected, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately instead of attempting to treat it at home.
3) Avoid Using Certain Headphones
Most individuals don’t think about this step, but headphones that cover your entire ears can irritate your piercings, especially if you have cartilage or industrial-type piercing. Therefore, opt for a pair of earbuds that go inside your ears until your piercing heals.
Tips to Take Care of New Piercings
Make sure you have your earlobes pierced by a trained professional. Visit a reputable place that has done several earlobe piercings in the past and gets a reference from other customers before making a decision. It also helps to check their Google reviews to see if anybody has had any unpleasant experiences in the past. Apart from the risk of getting infected, some people even report getting piercings that are too low or uneven.
The next thing to keep in mind is to never sleep with your earrings on after they have healed from the time the initial studs are taken off, about 6-8 weeks. While you can use the above tips and tricks to sleep with your earrings in, it helps to take the right precautions especially during this time because leaving than on can cause the backing to get lodged in the earlobe piercing.
Sleeping with your earrings on can also place unnecessary stress on your new piercing, causing it to stretch and enlarge over time. One way to prevent the backing from getting lodged into the earlobe piercing is to wear a specialty backing shaped as a disk. This will prevent the back from penetrating into the piercing, stopping it from stretching. A specialty backing can also prevent the earlobe from getting chafed or pulled when you’re wearing heavy earrings.
What to Do When Your Ears Get Infected
If you suspect one of your piercings may have gotten infected, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. An infected earlobe may appear red and swollen and is often warm and painful to touch. Sometimes it may ooze out a thick, yellow-white liquid, called pus.
While it is common for piercings to get infected, it’s crucial that you don’t wait till it gets better on its own as infection can spread, making you sick.
See your doctor if you notice any of these signs:
- Your earrings get lodged in your ear
- The redness and swelling spread beyond the piercing
- You have a fever
In the meantime, make sure you clean your ear and put a topical antibacterial on it to keep it clean and prevent the infection from spreading.