Considering that I just got my nose pierced yesterday (for the second time), I feel as though I should be an expert on the topic of sleeping with a nose piercing in.
But when it comes to sleeping with a nose piercing in, there really are no hard and fast rules.
Whether or not you sleep with a nose piercing in depends on a few things…personal preference and sleeping style definitely, but also, how long ago your nose was pierced.
Anytime you get something pierced, you shouldn’t remove the piercing for at least one month, but preferably two – your nose included (or longer again for septum piercings).1
This means unless you’re willing to risk your piercing closing-up, you’re going to be sleeping with it in – whether you like it or not.
But if your piercing has past the throbbing-ly fresh stage, then you have some things to consider when deciding whether to sleep with your nose piercing in. p>
Nose Rings Can Snag In Your Sleep
Sleeping with a nose ring in means an increased possibility of it getting caught on your pillowcases or bedding.
This is not only painful, but it can also ruin your bedding and cause your nose jewelry to be lost in a sea of sheets.
When tossing and turning in your sleep, your face tends to rub up against your sheets and pillowcases. This is constant friction between your face and your bedding is pretty inevitable – unless you remain motionless on your back, all night long. Which almost no one does.
Assuming that you’re like the rest of us and do periodically move around in your sleep, that little piece of jewelry sticking out of your nose creates the perfect situation for snags and tears.
Your slightly jutted out nose ring is practically begging to get stuck in your bedding or sleepwear as you roll around in your sleep.
If your nose piercing catches on your bedding, you risk it being yanked from your nose, painful enough to wake you up. And if your nose ring falls out in your sleep, finding it in the morning can be a difficult task. You also risk tearing your bedding where it catches.
Ultimately it depends on your bedding and nose ring. Smoother nose piercings may see you make it through the night unscathed while loose weave bedding is easier to snag your piece of nose bling.
To avoid this happening, you can remove your nose ring before heading to bed (assuming the piercing isn’t brand new) or you can cover it up with a small piece of hypoallergenic tape.1
A piece of tape is also a great way to stop your nose ring from falling out at night, while you sleep.
Irritation & Infection While You Snooze
The likelihood of irritating your nose piercing when you sleep with your nose jewelry in is fairly high.
Seems like an easy fix – simply remove your nose ring each night before bed…right?
But then the question becomes, are you more likely to irritate your piercing by removing your nose ring each night before bed rather than simply leaving it in?
If your piercing is very new or if you don’t remove your piercing correctly, then yes – removing your nose ring every night will likely irritate it even more than just sleeping with it in.
Irritation of your nose piercing often happens when you touch, play, or mess with it too much – especially with unclean hands.
This lends itself to the belief that removing your nose ring each night before bed is actually a bad decision – too much touching and messing involved which will likely result in an irritated piercing.
And an irritated piercing usually leads to an infected piercing. Think green pus oozing from your nose combined with throbbing pain.
On the other hand, sleeping with your nose ring in is also an easy way to irritate your piercing due the constant contact the ring makes with your pillows and bedding.
Unless of course you sleep on your back and never change positions throughout the night. Which is pretty uncommon.
Remember how we discussed nose rings catching in your bedding earlier?Yeah, those snags fit perfectly with this topic of irritation. A snagged nose ring equals an irritated piercing…which (usually) equals an infected piercing.
And snags aren’t the only way that sleeping with your nose ring in can irritate your piercing.
Think picking and scratching.
You’re probably not aware of any nose scratching or picking (ew) that’s done in your sleep, seeing as how you’re unconscious. But both of these things frequently occur when we’re asleep and can easily irritate your piercing.
When it comes to avoiding an irritated nose piercing, it kind of seems like a lose-lose situation.
Sleeping with your nose ring in can lead to irritation in the same way that removing it each night can also leave you with a painfully irritated nose piercing. It doesn’t matter what type of nose piercing you have, septum ring or nose stud or nose ring, you are all at risk of irritation.
So, what are you supposed to do?
Basically, it all comes down to figuring out what works best for you. Do some trial and error to determine the best course of action in regards to sleeping with or without your nose ring and avoiding irritation.
Personally, I never removed my old nose ring. And I don’t plan to remove my newly re-pierced nose ring either.
For years, I slept with my nose ring in and only experienced it snagging once or twice. After the first time I found myself waking up with a ring-less nostril, I decided to try and remove my nose jewelry before bed each night. That didn’t last long.
I found removing my nose ring to be incredibly difficult and painful – even when my piercing wasn’t fresh. For me, the risk of occasionally snagging or irritating my nose ring was far better than wrestling to get it out each night and back in each morning.
But you may feel differently. Maybe you sleep in a way that irritates your nose ring. If so, removing your nose jewelry may be a better option so that you can avoid irritation.
If you’ve had your piercing for several months, it’s certainly safe to remove your nose ring each night – assuming that you do it correctly.
This means ensuring that your hands are germ-free and that you know how to remove the jewelry without too much struggle. If you’re unsure about this, you can visit any local piercing shop to get a quick tutorial on proper removal techniques.
Bottom line – when it comes to sleeping and irritating your nose piercing – do what works best for you.
Snot, Sleep and Nose Studs
I don’t know about you, but my nose becomes a straight-up snot factory at night. It’s like my mucus glands go into overdrive the second my head hits the pillow.
Gross, I know. But true.
This excessive production of snot at night can be really annoying when it comes to sleeping with your nose ring in.
Depending on what type of nose ring you have, snot tends to get trapped behind the part of the ring located inside your nostril. And getting rid of those trapped boogers can be quite the task.
Snot stuck behind your nose ring is not only annoying, but can lead to an infected piercing or cause frustrating congestion.
Removing your nose ring before sleep would allow you to properly clean out that nightly build-up of snot before re-inserting your nose ring the next morning.
If you’re not comfortable removing your nose ring each night or recently got it pierced, be sure to gently blow your nose in order to loosen and remove any potential boogers lodged in there.
You can also try using a Q-tip to dislodge and clean mucus from around your nose ring.
As you can see, answering the question of whether you should you sleep with your nose ring in isn’t simple. If you recently got your nose pierced, you’ll need to leave that piercing in at all times – sleep included – in order to avoid it closing up.
But if you’ve had your piercing for a while, you have some things to consider when it comes to sleeping with your nose ring in. Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference and what works best for you.
Do you sleep with your nose ring in? Got any tips to share? Let me know in the comments below!