It’s one of those old wives ta les that, to this day, remains an area of contention. Will wearing your bra to bed help keep your breasts nice and perky? Marilyn Monroe swore by it, but others find it uncomfortable and really , and who can blame them?
But, painful straps and wires aside, Dr Seth Rankin says sleeping in your bra could actually be bad for your health.
“When you’re lying down flat, the effect of gravity pushes the breast tissue back towards your chest, instead of down towards your toes… So wearing a bra is essentially redundant in bed,“ he told Cosmopolitan.
“A tight bra may restrict the flow of lymph to the many important lymph nodes around the breast and armpit, hindering the system’s vital function of flushing toxic waste-products from the body ,“ he adds.
Other experts have confirmed this too. Professor Mokbel said, “Wearing a constrictive bra to sleep affects the physiology of the breast. It can impair the blood flow and lymphatic drainage.“