Does Sleeping With A Bra Prevent Sagging?

by Dispatch Yashram on Mar 03, 2022

Image of a young curvy woman lounging comfortably on a bed, smiling peacefully. She wears a black sleep bra and black undershorts.

Breast sagging is a natural change that your body adapts as you age. Although one cannot escape from it forever, a sleep bra can go a long way to delaying sagging by providing proper attention to your breasts.

For women, the skin around the breast area is more sensitive than skin in other parts of the body. As your breast muscle is a combination of fat and tissue, you ought to give extra support to your breast by wearing a bra. Many of us who are habituated to using a bra do not really understand how a sleep bra really helps us to have healthy breast growth and prevents the breast from sagging.

It’s also an urban legend that wearing a bra to sleep was one of Marilyn Monroe’s best-kept secrets. And do we really need to tell you how perky her breasts were?

And if you want to hear from experts then Matthew Schulman, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon has said that wearing a sleep bra reduces the strain and stretches on the breast tissue preventing sagging.

Role Of Sleep Bra In Breast Growth

A young girl starts to develop her boobs between the age of 9 years to 15 years. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also tend to contribute to breast growth. The right supported fabric around her chest can give you comfort and confidence in the early period of breast growth, and later on, provide much needed support. While bras won’t “contribute” to your breast growth, they will surely enhance the shape and strength of your breasts and delay breast sagging.

And ladies, large boobs, do in fact sag faster! It is not a simple myth! When your boobs are large, their increased weight tends to have a more downward pressure. Besides this, as the motion of gravity also pulls your boobs down, your large breast naturally extracts more sagging than a smaller boob.

Also read: Stages Of Breast Development During Puberty

Should You Wear A Bra To Sleep?

This is a very common question that you might have come across in your girl’s meet-up. There is a common misconception that a bra prevents breast growth, especially while sleeping. As the breasts are placed firmly in a bra all day long, they have the misconception that by removing their bra during the night, they allow their boobs to grow. However, one should understand the fact that a bra neither grows nor can it shrink your breast.

It will only support your boobs to stay in their place and balance their weight without letting them sag. So, those who prefer to have some kind of support for their boobs during sleep like girls with larger boobs, can wear a bra during sleep. A sleep bra for bedtime is the best option, and you should definitely wear one.

Check this out: Best Sleep Bras

How Does Wearing A Sleep Bra Prevent Sagging?

As you now understand that a bra gives support to your boobs, the same support can be needed for your breast while sleeping as well.

  • If you are someone who sleeps with breasts down against your bed, then the chances of sagging are more. As you are loading your whole body weight on your boobs, your breast tends to sag more.
  • If you are someone who prefers to sleep on your sides, again the downward pull is more which leads to a dissymmetrical shape of your breast over time.

Considering all this, the right sleeping position to prevent sagging could be your breast facing upward. In this position, your breast will not experience much downward pull due to gravity. If you want to sleep on your sides, support your boobs with the pillow on both sides while sleeping. This will have a great effect on preventing your breast from sagging.

The same kind of support which your pillow gives to boobs while sleeping can be given by a good sleeping bra and so it can be helpful in preventing your breast from sagging.

Also read:  Should You Wear A Bra While Sleeping?

Which Is A Good Sleep Bra To Wear At Night?

Look for a sleep bra that has the following features.

  • Support your breast
  • Allow your breast to relax
  • Not too tight on your rib cage
  • Prevents sagging
  • No underwired or push-ups

Other Ways To Prevent Breast Sagging

Above and beyond all these points, a few simple points can prevent your breast from sagging. Make sure that you wear a bra during exercise. This helps to keep your boobs in place and does not allow your breast to sag with different workout positions. Also, ensure to wear a bra while sleeping as it gives more support irrespective of your sleeping position. Moreover choosing the right fitted bra according to your activity will help you to delay and prevent breast sagging.

#1.A Right-Sized Bra:

While choosing your bra, getting the right fit of the brassiere is challenging. We’ve seen many instances where women pick up the same sized brassiere even when the bra design is different. This is not the right method!

With the varying pattern, design, and fabric of a bra, the size you pick varies too. Since not all the brand comes with similar measurement, your cup size may change when you change your brand. So it is always advisable to check for the right fit when buying a bra to give the right support to your boobs.

#2. Know Your Breast Can Grow:

Even after puberty, till the early 20’s, your boobs have their natural growth period. When reaching your late 20’s you will not notice a vast difference in the growth of your boobs except during pregnancy and with unusual weight gain.

With variations in your weight, some may experience variations in their breast size as well. So it is suggested to check your breast size once in every six months in order to avoid discomfort by your brassiere.

Also read: How To Measure Bra Size? Find Your Size

#3. Wear A Bra When Exercising:

Exercises that help to strengthen your breast muscles, oil massages and a healthy diet generally help breasts from sagging and they are especially useful for ladies with larger boobs.

#4.Post-Pregnancy Breast Care:

Post delivery, it is very important to wear the correct bra. This is because the milk secretion can cause the breasts to get heavy with milk – causing sagging. While it may seem convenient to not wear one at that time – you shouldn’t avoid it. A good nursing bra and a sleep bra during this time will go a long way to reducing sagging.

Have you checked out our entire range of bras and panties on myadira?


A sleep bra can indeed help prevent breast sagging by providing gentle support and reducing breast movement during sleep. However, it is important to choose a sleep bra that fits properly and is made from breathable, comfortable materials to ensure maximum effectiveness and comfort. 

At myadira, we offer a range of high-quality sleep bras that are designed to provide optimal support and comfort for a better night's sleep.

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If you are a lactating mom looking for a comfortable sleep bra, our sister brand Morph Maternity presents you with a leakproof sleep nursing bra that makes your nursing journey cozy.


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