Research shows that taking a warm shower or bath daily can help you fall asleep faster, mostly in winter.
There’s nothing more relaxing than a warm bath at night. It sore muscles, ease the pain in joints, and improves oxygen and blood flow.
Plus, there’s a psychological benefit to washing off all the stress and trouble of the day and crawling into bed with crisp sheets and a clean body.
We’ve all been there: You wanted (or needed) to shower before bed, but don’t have the time or energy to dry your hair before you go to sleep, you’ve probably also been told that sleeping with wet hair will make you ill.
Let’s be clear, our hair shouldn’t be so wet before you go to sleep. Do your best to let your hair dry before going to bed.
There are plenty of reasons why not to fall asleep with wet hair, so why do we still do it? Sleeping with wet hair comes with several risks. Here’s what you need to know.
1. It Will Give You Acne
Acne is one of the most common skin problems, affecting about 90% of all people at some time during their life. Acne is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that causes spots and pimples, especially on the face, shoulders, back, neck, and chest.
Acne that appears on your face can affect your self-esteem and, over time, may cause permanent physical scarring.
The exposure of bacteria can lead to an overall decline in skin health.
What can happen, though, is the water from your hair can cause bacteria to breed in your pillow. This is bad news for those who are prone to acne, so if you’re going to sleep with wet hair ensure you use extra pillowcases and change them regularly, better dry your hair before you sleep.
If your pillow is full of bacteria, chances are you will soon experience a break out of acne.
2. Can Cause Hair Loss (Hair Shedding)
Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it. We have about 100,000 hairs on our heads at any given time. Some hair follicles could even break off into several strands.
The notes that it’s normal to lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. With about 100,000 hairs on your head, that small loss isn’t noticeable.
Hair is most susceptible to breakages when it’s wet. It can absorb 45% of its own weight in water. Sleeping with wet hair could be one of the reasons. Many of us bath in the evening or night and don’t dry the hair before hitting the pillow.
Sleeping with wet hair as it would weaken the follicles and make your strands more brittle.
When the hair is wet, it is at its most fragile state, so repeated sleeping with wet hair can damage the protective layers of the hair. Sleeping with wet hair tied up can increase the strain on those fragile follicles. Involuntary head movements during sleep inevitably lead to your hair being pulled in a whole manner of different ways, increasing the risk of breakage.
Additionally, your hair may also lose its natural shine and luster, when you sleep with wet hair, your pillow may absorb natural oils and excess moisture from your hair,
3. Can Cause Dandruff
It can be embarrassing to see white flakes on your hair and clothes at an important event or a ceremony where you have to impress. Dandruff is estimated to affect people at some point in their lives.
Dandruff is something that can hurt your behavior in public, it can be embarrassing, upsetting, and can impact a sufferer’s.
Warmth and dampness can multiply bacteria on your head and lead to hair dandruff. Also, sleeping with damp hair strips away the natural oil from your hair.
Struggling to get rid of dandruff? If you are regularly sleeping with wet hair you may find that your anti-dandruff products are not succeeding at curing of your flaky scalp. This is because the fungi that breed while you sleep can spread to your scalp and can actually cause dandruff. If this is you make sure that you are regularly washing your pillowcases and dry your hair fully before you hit the hay.
The combination of bacteria and loss of natural oils from the hair makes the scalp more prone to dandruff.
Sleeping on wet hair can cause dandruff, due to the damp, warm pillowcase being in contact with your head every night for a long period of time and from your hair drying unevenly. If you already have dandruff, sleeping on wet hair can make flaking worse and the scalp more irritated and sensitive.
4. Makes your hair dull
Dull means that your hair is matte in texture instead of shiny and reflective. Each strand of hair has little scales (like roof tiles) designed to keep moisture in. When they get coated or popped up your hair will no longer behave happily.
Healthy hair is a reflection of what you put in your hair and how you treat it. When the water from your hair is absorbed into the pillow’s fabric, the natural oils are taken too. Your hair will lose its shine, look dull and dehydrated without the presence of those oils. Otherwise, dehydrated hair is much more likely to break. Remember, there is a big difference between hair that is dry to the touch and hair that is dehydrated of natural oils.
If you sleep with a wet hair, it does make it more likely your hair could be flat, frizzy or generally dull looking when you wake up.
Your hair says a lot about your health. When it’s in its prime, your hair is bouncy, strong, and shiny. After a night of sleeping with wet locks, you might notice your hair is duller than usual. That’s because your hair needs plenty of moisture and natural oils to stay healthy and shiny, but that moisture can be stripped away during the night.
When you lay wet hair down on a dry pillow, the pillow soaks up the moisture from your hair shafts like a sponge, leaving your strands dull and dehydrated the next morning.
5. Weak Immune System
One thing that is certain is sleeping with wet hair does damage.
Sleeping with wet hair can worsen your immune system, making you more vulnerable to catching a cold and flu. If you sleep with an open window on while your hair is wet, you may even fall sick.
However, going to bed with wet hair can also put a dampener on your immune system.
Overnight, your body temperature is at its daily low and going to bed with wet hair causes it to drop further. There is such a thing as catching a chill, research found having a lower core temperature reduces the immune response to the common cold.
The common cold is caught by a virus, not by being physically cold, so going to bed with wet hair won’t directly result in a snooty nose and itchy eyes. That’s because, although “catching a chill” is popular in conversation, it’s not the temperature that’s given you the cold. Instead, feeling chilly can trigger a response that lowers your immune system.
The explanation is given for why we shouldn’t go to bed without having dried our hair first was that it would result in us catching a cold. This is definitely not true. In order to catch a cold or flu, we need to be exposed to the virus, which is caught when in contact with other people. Perhaps if you were already coming down with something or have a compromised immune system, having a cold, wet head during the night could aggravate the situation, but it definitely isn’t the root cause.
6. It could cause hair breakage
Hair breakage can happen for many reasons, including specific hair products, diet, and stress.
People can experience hair breakage that affects all types of hair. It can make hair look frizzy or coarse either at the ends or near the top, or crown, of the head. If you’ve ever had uncontrollable frizz or noticed your ends starting to split, then you’ve probably experienced hair breakage.
Your hair can get tangled during sleep, and those knots can be harder to get out without causing breakage to strands.
Dry your hair really well with a microfiber towel . Follow up with a leave-in product , serum, or spray to nourish and condition your locks while you sleep.
A Leave-in product is a hair care product that is supposed to be applied to freshly washed hair. Unlike a regular conditioner, leave-in product stays on your hair until the next wash.
Comb them out to evenly distribute the product and detangle your hair. If you have medium-length or long hair then it’s a good idea to braid it so that it will stay in place all night not to mention you’ll have a gorgeous wavy style in the morning.
7. Bacteria growth
Your bed is one of the most important places in your life, when you combine the time you spend there while sleeping, trying to get to sleep, and doing various other bed-specific activities, the average person spends around 36 years in bed over the course of their lives. So it’s natural that we’d make them cozy and appealing.
But in all the pillows and frills, there’s a legion of bacteria that also find our beds just as homey. The presence of all of these extra guests in your bed is unsettling all on its own. However, there’s also the matter of the potential health issues each one can pose.
Wet hair wets the towel and it carries moisture to the pillow which then becomes the nest for the development of bacteria.
A constantly damp pillow is also a hotbed for bacteria to grow, and simply changing your pillowcase isn’t going to remedy it as the bacteria and fungus would have gone deeper beyond the surface.
So your wet head at night may make you more susceptible to scalp issues. To prevent this, try drying your hair, at least at the roots, before hitting the sheets.