“Pheww!!” You just finished a long day at work, made dinner, and got your kids into bed. You’re exhausted! You barely had the energy to hop in the shower, and you didn’t bother removing your jewelry when you were absorbed in the hot steam.
When you get to the edge of your bed, you fall, hitting it like a damp sack of potatoes. The day is done - but wait! You realize you’re still wearing all of your jewelry. You wonder, “is it okay to sleep in my jewelry?”
Breathe a sigh of relief. For the most part, the answer to this question is based upon personal preference. Wearing your jewelry to bed is unlikely to hurt you (though in some cases it may cause discomfort - don’t worry, you’ll learn about those instances in this article.)
However, there are still a few reasons why you might not want to sleep in your jewelry. Most of them are based on the type of jewelry that you wear (as it could cause an allergic reaction,) and how susceptible those pieces are to damage (your jewelry could be damaged while you sleep.)
Let’s explore a few common questions about the dangers of sleeping in your jewelry.
Wearing your jewelry may not cause major health concerns to you, but is it bad for your jewelry? The most realistic reasons for NOT wearing your jewelry to bed stem from this question: “Will it break my jewelry, if I wear it to bed?”
Take note, most of each day your jewelry suffers very little contact with other objects (except possibly rings.) Your necklaces are adornments that hang, earrings aren’t worn on your hands, and they subsequently don’t make a great deal of contact with other objects.
When you are sleeping, this is not the case. In fact, this is the time when your jewelry has the most contact with other objects. The simple reason - you are laying on it, against it, rolling over it, etc.
One of the most common damages to your jewelry comes when the settings that hold your stones get caught in the fabric of your sheets. All through the night this can occur, slowly stretching those settings and deforming them. The result - a displaced or lost stone.
Certain types of necklaces (such as bead chains, herringbone chains, and snake chains) are more prone to damage while sleeping. They can become kinked, stretched, or broken, depending on your activity level while sleeping. Even if they hold very sentimental value to you, you may want to choose removal (rather than wearing) while you sleep. If you care about them - you’ll care for them!
There are two primary reasons to consider when choosing whether to wear your jewelry to bed or take it off. The first is your personal health, and the second is the health of your jewelry.
Wearing your jewelry to bed is not likely to cause any major health issues. It isn’t going to choke you or kill you overnight. However, you should take into account the type of metal that your jewelry is made from. If you start to develop any kind of rash or discomfort, it is probably best to remove that piece of jewelry while you sleep.
When it comes to the health of your jewelry, there are a few major reasons why you should NOT wear it to bed. You could lose your gemstones from snagging on the sheets, or you could cause damage by kinking, stretching, or breaking your jewelry.
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