By RACHEL WEINGARTEN
A reader wants to know: Should I be wearing a bra when I sleep? I’ve noticed on TV that a lot of the actresses seem to be wearing bras in bed. Is it really a thing? And are there any benefits one way or the other?
Good questions. For the most part, when you see an actress wearing a bra in bed, it’s probably because she’s either too well known to bare all; the costume designer chooses to flatter rather than expose—or simply so the movie or show in question can keep to its PG ratings. That said, there is a movement of women choosing to wear bras or some form of support even when they sleep, usually because they are larger breasted or have trouble breathing at night. The flip side of that though, is that you might be wearing something too constricting and not giving the girls room to breathe.
Meanwhile, plastic surgeon Dr. Randal Haworth, who has seen thousands of breasts age over time realized that “gravity damages both day and night,” so he created a bra specifically to offer nighttime support.
I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical when I heard about Dr. Haworth’s NightLift, nighttime bra structured with something called B.U.S.T. (bilateral uplift support technology), no less. But I tried one and am slightly won over. It’s wire free and unlike traditional daytime bras which only provide vertical support, Nightlift gives bilateral and vertical support. It’s also really pretty, if a little goofy looking and made with woven, breathable microfiber. I’m not sure I’ll be wearing mine to sleep, but it’s the perfect option for when you’re in full couch potato mode but don’t want to fully give into the slouch and sag.