Women’s health: Is sleeping in undies good?

There are heated arguments about the notion of sleeping in a bra. On either side of the coin, some women recoil at the idea while others do it with religious favor.

To the best of our knowledge, women will do everything to prevent sagging and keep things looking well up.

Some women suggest that sleeping in a bra will prevent the breast from sagging. On the other extreme, some researchers claim that wearing a bra at night could even potentially cause breast cancer.

Who do we believe? Are these claims true or both false? Does sleeping in a bra do more harm than good, or did Marilyn Monroe, an alleged nighttime-bra-wearer, know better than us all?

One associate professor of Breast Cancer Surgery, Dr. Amber Guth, stated that “There is certainly no evidence that sleeping in bras is either helpful or harmful.

“Sagging or changes in the breast are due to a number of factors: Pregnancy and breastfeeding being the most common causes, along with time and gravity.

“Certainly no bra or breast support should be so tight that it constricts or blocks any form of circulation. Tight fitting bras can lead to swelling and pains around the armpit.

Another bra specialist, Linda Becker, who’s been bra-fitting for over 25 years, states that sleeping in a bra may be beneficial.

Here is her logic.

“Either your breasts are being supported for eight hours, or they’re not being supported for eight hours. What do you think is better? It’s just common sense.

If your breasts are being held up, they’re going to stay up a lot longer. When you take your bra off at the end of the day, they’re a lot higher than when you put it on in the morning.

“Again, this also depends on the size of your breast. For instance, if you’re an A-cup or B-cup, no. If your breasts are bigger than a D, Double-D and up, you should. Some people’s breasts hurt them when they sleep, so they need to wear a bra. Some people need it for support.”

Conclusion: There is no direct connection between sleeping in a bra and breast cancer. However, sleeping in one may help give comfort or make the breast firm up a bit.