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Wearing a bra to bed - bad for you?

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    I'm a 32E and never wear a bra to bed. If I'm staying at a friend's I'll put a bra on in the morning (if we're staying in our PJs for a while) but seriously, who would be offended by maybe seeing nipples through a friend's top? We all have them!
    I do sleep on my stomach, though. Looks like it's augmentationville for me when I'm thirty.
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    (Original post by Deema)
    No, it doesn't cause cancer. But wearing a wired bra to bed makes causes inflammation
    ..and inflammation causes cancer.
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    Wearing a bra will take the strain off your pectoral muscles.
    Specifically, the ones that make your breast perky.

    Sure you'll likely still have great boobs when you're in your thirties. But the more you wear bras the more likely it is that as you get into older ages, they'll start to sag because the muscles aren't as strong.

    I doubt wearing a bra causes you breast cancer though.

    Now do your breasts a favor and sit up straight.
    I can't help but wonder where you've got this information from?

    Neither pectoralis major nor minor have any significant effect on breast size or 'perkiness' - whilst some of the breast tissue is attached to the overlying fascia, the shape of the breasts are largely determined by intrinsic connective tissues and the breast tissue itself. Toning of the pectoralis muscles may serve to slightly elevate the breast overall, but will have negligible to no effect on the breast shape.

    The notion also the a brassiere would somehow relieve strain the pectoralis muscles is also rather strange in itself. Pectoralis major adducts and flexes the humerus, and has little to no function below on the chest; whilst it is an accessory muscle for inhalation, this mechanism of which relates to pulling the sternum and clavicles upwards, not by any attachment to the breast tissue. Its prominence with exercise, addtionally, is simply the result of growth of the muscle tissue.

    Whether the breasts are supported or not will have minimal impact on even the inhalation function; the 'extra' weight is still attached over the shoulders and requires the same energy to lift; and when lying down in bed this would be virtually non-existent as the horizontal nature of most sleep means that the pectoralis component of inhalation is not opposing gravity.


    Or maybe I'm working on poor textbook anatomy and you've seen a paper which explores new roles of pecs re: breast shape?
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    I'm a size 34D never wear my bra to bed. Infact, I usually take it off as soon as i'm in the house and not planning to go anyway. Sometimes I go out without one if i'm wearing a hoody or something so it's not that noticeable. I just feel much more comfy and free without one. Don't know if it's the reason but my boobs are really perky/in great shape
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    There are no words for the feeling of taking your bra off after a long day especially if you have a heavy chest. Personally I could probably use mine as an offensive weapon if the need arose. I'm a 34H/36G so can't exactly go braless in the day, they need all the support they can get. I was forced to wear a bra all the time when I had a sternum piercing and I hated it. So, no, I don't wear a bra to bed. If I'm not leaving the house I won't wear one at all - but I will wear thicker clothing if I'm around any family. If I'm staying at a friends house I will leave my bra on unless I'm staying in a separate room.
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    (Original post by Friar Chris)
    I can't help but wonder where you've got this information from?

    Neither pectoralis major nor minor have any significant effect on breast size or 'perkiness' - whilst some of the breast tissue is attached to the overlying fascia, the shape of the breasts are largely determined by intrinsic connective tissues and the breast tissue itself. Toning of the pectoralis muscles may serve to slightly elevate the breast overall, but will have negligible to no effect on the breast shape.

    The notion also the a brassiere would somehow relieve strain the pectoralis muscles is also rather strange in itself. Pectoralis major adducts and flexes the humerus, and has little to no function below on the chest; whilst it is an accessory muscle for inhalation, this mechanism of which relates to pulling the sternum and clavicles upwards, not by any attachment to the breast tissue. Its prominence with exercise, addtionally, is simply the result of growth of the muscle tissue.

    Whether the breasts are supported or not will have minimal impact on even the inhalation function; the 'extra' weight is still attached over the shoulders and requires the same energy to lift; and when lying down in bed this would be virtually non-existent as the horizontal nature of most sleep means that the pectoralis component of inhalation is not opposing gravity.


    Or maybe I'm working on poor textbook anatomy and you've seen a paper which explores new roles of pecs re: breast shape?

    I got it from my partner. Will edit your reply into my original post.

    Thank you .
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    Any health problem caused my bras are a myth, I am 36 G and am really uncomfortable without a bra on, I wear mine to bed.
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    I've been told that your boobs need time to "breathe" so it's best not to wear them whilst you sleep. I find wearing a bra at home really uncomfortable so I just wear baggy tops.
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    bad for me.
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    (Original post by shy-girl666)
    i tend not to sleep in my bra cause it's uncomfortable but i do wear it when im sleeping over a friends place cause other wise my boobies tend to have a free for all and get every where lol aka not a pretty sight in the mornings lol

    but i very much doubt that is cause cancer...... but nowaday every bloody thing (apparently) cause the big c! x
    :mmm:

    I used to wear underwired bras everynight until I slept at a friend's house and she thought I was weird.

    At first sleeping without a bra was uncomfortable with them not being 'contained' but now I prefer the freedom.
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    (Original post by I<3LAMP)
    :mmm:

    I used to wear underwired bras everynight until I slept at a friend's house and she thought I was weird.

    At first sleeping without a bra was uncomfortable with them not being 'contained' but now I prefer the freedom.
    :mmm:
    i have to wear one when i over a friends house but at home and at my bf they get freedommmm! lol x
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    I don't wear a bra to bed usually, but if I'm staying at a friend's house then I do.
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    If you insist on wearing a bra to bed then a soft sports bra is certainly better.

    However, I'm a 34E and I cope just fine with no bra. Your breasts don't *need* a bra. They are actually meant to move around. I can totally understand wearing a bra during the day- I wear one during the day too, but not at night.

    They don't *need* that support, they have tendons and ligaments that are there to support your breasts. The less you use your breast ligaments the weaker they become... so yes, if you wear a bra too often your breasts will sag faster.

    EDIT: Also, there IS proof that wearing a bra too much causes swelling of the lymph-nodes in the breasts and causes build ups of oestrogen... these cause swellings and small cysts and the cysts *can* cause cancer... so yes, wearing a bra too much can, inadvertently, cause cancer.

    If we actually *needed* a bra, we'd be born wearing one. Remember in the Victorian era when we women were told we were too delicate to sit up without a corset... so we wore corsets all the time and in the end we couldn't sit up with out a corset?
    Same thing with bras.
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    i think you can buy night bras, that might be better for you
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    Wearing a bra will take the strain off your pectoral muscles.
    Specifically, the ones that make your breast perky.

    Sure you'll likely still have great boobs when you're in your thirties. But the more you wear bras the more likely it is that as you get into older ages, they'll start to sag because the muscles aren't as strong.

    I doubt wearing a bra causes you breast cancer though.

    Now do your breasts a favor and sit up straight.

    Edit:
    Though apparently maybe that's incorrect, as this post states:

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...2#post37281982
    If your worried about boobs sagging because of pec muscles. Powerlifting regime is for you

    Pyramid
    Bench press
    10 reps rax weight
    x 8
    x 6
    x 4
    x 1

    pec deck x 10 x 3

    flys a 3 sets of 10 , 8 , 6

    dubell pullovers 10, 8 , 6

    Sagging?

    U MIRIN?
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    I can't find the study but I had it on my computer about the significant correlation between the two. I believe it was something to do with the lymph-nodes in the breasts being constricted at all times. Since lymph-nodes play a function in transporting fluids and hormones into the blood stream, an inadequate blood supply and drainage system over a sustained period of time increases the chances of cancer.

    It was only truly significant in women who wore bras almost constantly over very long periods of time (years). I'm sure in moderation its no big deal.

    That is just what I remember, I think there are probably more significant factors at play when it comes to hormones, genetics and diet.

    I would say if you feel that you need extra support during sleep you should instead wear a vest that gives light support. Its no where near as constricting and uncomfortable as a bra and probably much healthier for you breasts in terms of blood supply and lymph drainage.
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    (Original post by InspectorSophie)
    I can't find the study but I had it on my computer about the significant correlation between the two. I believe it was something to do with the lymph-nodes in the breasts being constricted at all times. Since lymph-nodes play a function in transporting fluids and hormones into the blood stream, an inadequate blood supply and drainage system over a sustained period of time increases the chances of cancer.

    That is just what I remember, I think there are probably more significant factors at play when it comes to hormones, genetics and diet.
    There are way bigger factors than just wearig your bra to bed

    If you want to wear it. Go for it! The cancer risk is somewhat negligible, if you're not wearing every night.

    If you do find the study, please post it up I'm interested now lol :holmes:
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    how does the bra know you're asleep...
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    Personally, the only time I wear a bra to bed is when I'm sleeping over at a friend's house, and that's because I never get dressed before breakfast when I don't have to go to school, and I just feel weird and slightly naked wondering around someone else's house without a bra on :P

    This stuff about it causing cancer sounds like bull to me though.
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    According to the Daily Mail everything and its uncle cause cancer.

    I have been wearing a bra to bed every since I started wearing one when I was about 10 or 11. I feel uncomfortable without it on.

    I would argue that maybe it prevents growth though, though theres no scientific proof, thats just my theory, and I want to blame something other than genetics!

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