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So should we wear a bra or not? Are You Wearing a Bra While Sleeping? Read This Before You Do It
It is an old debate among the women and it is not going to stop. Should you wear a bra while sleeping or no? Most of the ladies are not wearing a bra when going to bed to avoid marks, the “constricted” feeling and they are also fearing from clogging the lymphatic glands leading to breast cancer. There is also the religious nighttime – bra – wearers (like Marilyn Monroe) who believe strongly that it prevents their breasts from becoming saggy. Looking at this from a scientific perspective, it seems both of these theories are just myths.
From medical perspective:
The lymph’s nodes in the underarms is to go about as characteristic channels that deplete the bosom of lymph liquid, and as the body’s first barrier against tumor cells, outside material and diseases. It has not been deductively demonstrated that wearing a bra deters the pathways of the lymph hubs. So scratch the breast malignancy from your list of fear.
The Right Fit :
If you are going to take the plunge and buy a sleep-in bra, there are a few things to remember.
The first, according to Rigby & Peller’s Natasha Harding, is to avoid the rigid underwired models.
‘Underwire can push into the chest when you lie down and cause cysts over time with rubbing.
‘Choose something soft — almost like a sports bra — but nothing overly loose or stretchy. It should give you some support.’
A third of us wear the wrong-sized bra every day, so get a professional fitting to find out your correct measurements and prevent irritation.
Retailers such as Rigby & Peller and Marks & Spencer will do this for you for free through a personal consultation without any obligation to buy.
Choosing a bra that’s too tight can lead to problems.
‘Wearing a constrictive bra to sleep affects the physiology of the breast. It can impair the blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which, at worst, can lead to chronic inflammation, oedema (fluid retention) and discomfort,’ warns Professor Mokbel. Lymph glands are like exit doors for waste products from the breasts, draining by-products such as oestrogen and sending them to the liver or kidneys to be broken down.
If a bra strap or side panel digs in while you are asleep, you may get an unhealthy build up of fluid which can trigger swelling and painful sensitivity.
The team advises:
Caution on drawing general conclusions from this research, as the women in the study are not representative of the population as a whole. Professor Rouillon believes more research is necessary to understand the potential impacts – positive or negative – that bras may have, and admits these are very preliminary results. Moreover, although the findings were scheduled to be published, IFLScience was unable to find the paper in the literature.