What Are the Best Earrings to Sleep In?

Ear piercings are by far the most popular piercing, both currently and throughout history. In fact, between 80 and 90% of American women have their ears pierced, and a growing number of men are joining in on the fun.

The only problem? Whether you want to take a quick nap during the day or you’re hitting the hay for the night, you’re probably going to want to take those earrings out—unless you have a pair of ComfyEarrings, which are specifically designed to be worn all day, and all night, making them completely comfortable for sleeping.

So, why aren’t all earrings suitable for sleep, and how can you find the best earrings to sleep in? We’re here to help you… read on to learn more about the qualities to look for in the best earrings to sleep in.

Stainless Butterfly ComfyEarrings sitting on wet dark rocks and a leaf and butterfly in the background

“I’ve worn ComfyEarrings almost exclusively for years. I love them because they look great (I’ve received many compliments) and they’re very affordable. Most importantly, I can sleep in them, and it’s like they’re not even there. Highly recommend.”

– Kyle Morrison

Why Aren’t All Earrings Suitable for Sleeping?

If you’re new to ear piercings, you might be wondering why not all earrings are suitable for sleeping. Rather than finding out the hard way, take a look at the two biggest reasons why your average pair of earrings isn’t the best choice when you want to take a snooze:

1. Tight, Traditional Earring Backs Can Cause Infections

Getting your ears pierced comes with a few risks, and one of them is infection. There are a few ways that infection can occur, including when your traditional earring backs get pushed too tightly against your ear, something that can happen when you’re sleeping (or napping) on most types of earrings. When your traditional-style earrings are tight, the piercing site isn’t getting the airflow and circulation needed to keep infections at bay.

2. Sharp Posts Can Cause Pain

If you’re a side sleeper, you’ll find that most traditional earrings aren’t comfortable to sleep in. That’s because the exposed post (behind the earring) digs into your neck, causing a sharp pain that makes sleeping difficult. Why adjust to the pain when there’s a better way?

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Why Not Just Remove Your Earrings?

We know what you might be thinking: “Couldn’t I just take my earrings out before going to sleep?”

The answer is, “Sure, in most circumstances, you could—but what if you didn’t have to?”

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you might not want to take your earrings out and why sleep-proof, nap earrings are a total game changer…

Your New Piercing Is Still Healing

Earlobe piercings can take up to eight weeks to heal, and cartilage piercings take even longer. During that time, it’s essential to keep an earring in the piercing site, so it doesn’t close up. That means that even when napping or when you’re getting your eight hours of beauty sleep, you’ll need to keep your earrings in to avoid your piercing growing closed.

You Really Just Want to “Hit the Hay”

Let’s face it: sometimes, after a long day, all you want to do is take a quick nap on the couch or fall into bed for the night. Not only is it possible that you won’t want to take the time to remove your earrings but it’s quite possible that when you’re exhausted, you’ll forget. Then, when you’re wearing traditional-style earrings (that aren’t suitable for napping or sleeping), you’re bound to wake up in pain, possibly long before your alarm goes off.

Sleeping Isn’t the Only Problem

All that being said, sleeping isn’t the only time when exposed traditional earring posts can cause you pain and irritation.

Any time you put pressure on your ears, from talking on the phone, putting on a pair of earmuffs, or donning a headset for work, you’re going to feel that sharp poke! So, when you find comfortable earrings (like ComfyEarrings) that you can sleep in, you’ll reap the benefits throughout the day, too.

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What to Look For in Earrings You Can Sleep In

Now, let’s talk about the qualities you should look for in earrings to sleep in. At ComfyEarrings, our primary goal was to meet (and exceed) all of the following standards. Because of this, anyone who wears earrings can have a better piercing experience with comfortable earrings that you can wear day and night, even if you have sensitive ears.

Surgical-Grade Materials

If you’re looking for comfortable earrings that you can wear 24/7, make sure that the metal materials are safe to keep in your ears for long periods of time. Metals, such as copper and brass, are used in cheap earrings and can cause irritation, especially for people who have sensitive skin or allergies.

So, for safe, comfortable earrings you can sleep in, you’ll want to choose earring posts (and backs) made of surgical-grade materials that are suitable for all skin types and won’t cause discomfort (such as ComfyEarrings).

A Flat Backing

With the exception of closed hoop earrings and a few other styles, almost all traditional earrings have a post that sticks out the back, toward the neck. To prevent your earring posts from causing pain, switch to the more comfortable ComfyEarrings. ComfyEarrings have screw-on flat backs that cover the end of the earring posts, eliminating the painful poke of traditional earrings. That way, any pressure against your ears will only press a smooth flat surface against your neck, rather than a sharp post that pokes.

A Fixed Backing

Finally, look for a flat backing that is also fixed in place and won’t adjust on its own while you sleep. That way, the backing won’t get pushed closer to your ear, squeezing your earlobe, and causing irritation and potential infection. A flat backing that screws onto the post will remain in place.

“ComfyEarrings are the only earrings I can wear due to allergies, and the ability to sleep in them without discomfort is a bonus. I currently own 12 pairs of these earrings. Thank you, ComfyEarrings, for bringing glamour back into my life!.”

– Lara Rehaulani

Shop ComfyEarrings For the Best Earrings to Sleep In

Finding a style of comfortable earrings to sleep in can change the way you wear earrings and how you feel about them. ComfyEarrings were designed to ensure that your earrings don’t cause pain or discomfort at any time, even if pressure is applied to your ears when you’re laying your head on a pillow or putting on a fitted beanie or hat.

Plus, a great thing about ComfyEarrings is that they come in a wide selection of styles and finishes. Whether your style is minimal or fancy, colorful or plain, ComfyEarrings fit any fashion taste.

Take a look at our online shop to find your new favorite comfortable earrings today. Whether you’re looking for nap earrings or adventure earrings – ComfyEarrings are both!