Why You Should Not Sleep On a Fresh or Healing Piercing

Major congrats on your new bling! Chances are, if you're reading this you have just gotten yourself a brand new piercing. If you're like me, you have done this a thousand times, you're a pro, and you know how to take care of your healing addition to your carefully curated ear. BUT do you know that it is imperative that you do not sleep on your fresh piercing?

I was not aware of this fact until after my ears already held several piercings, and looking back I wish I had known better than to sleep on my piercings as soon as I could bear the pain. 

Here are the reasons why:

Sleeping on your piercings makes them take longer to heal. If you're like me, you move around in your sleep. ALOT.  If you don't, then props to you for not kicking the crap out of anyone that sleeps with you- but I'm sorry to say you still shouldn't sleep on new piercings. Anyways, this movement really wrecks havoc on your new piercings, because you are dragging them along and causing the jewelry to get put into weird angles. If you sleep the same way long enough your piercing will actually heal at a crooked angle and be stuck that way forever! This will make it hard for you to apply jewelry and your piercing won't look as professional and beautifully done.

By this point I know you're saying "What the heck how do I sleep! My piercing is on my favorite side! Fear not, I have a hack for you. If you MUST sleep on the side that you just got a piercing in, use a travel neck pillow, and sleep with your ear right in the center of the hole. Here is what they look like:

These are PERFECT for saving your piercing! 

How has this tip worked out for you? Let us know in the comments! 



  • Omg. This is the best hack ever I got my piercing a few days ago and it’s been killing to sleep on it because I lay directly on it but laying on a neck pillow has transformed the way i sleep.

  • Ugh, just had my daith pierced and because of my husband wanted me to hug him I got it irritated, it got hot and sensitive. Have a cold compress to help with the pain. Will not hug him again.

    Karina L
  • OMG, I had never heard of this!! My third lobe piercing on my right side is crooked, I thought it was my piercer but it’s probably because I sleep on that side, yikes! Thanks for the tip on the neck pillow!

    Evelyn Rios

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