Should You Sleep In a Waist Trainer?

Should you sleep in a waist trainer? the short answer is yes as a hourglass best waist trainer can help facilitate the recovery of poor posture, acting as a posture correcting brace. It also helps in correcting breathing patterns while you sleep! If you do choose to wear your waist trainer while you sleep its important that you follow the criteria below.

Should You Sleep In a Waist Trainer?


Must Fit Correctly

It's super important that your waist trainer fits correctly! A lot of ladies out there think it's a good idea to go for a size smaller to help with the waist and tummy-slimming process. We here at Hourglass Waist strongly advise doing this as it can lead to damage to your inner ribs! always ensure you can comfortably breathe and have faith that the waist training process will take place over a period of 1 - 3 months.


Always Be Able To Breath

Waist trainers are designed to feel a little tight but you should always be able to comfortably breathe! Our waist trainers are designed to ensure you can breathe comfortably whenever and wherever you wear them. If you really do want to sleep in your waist trainer it's super important that you can breathe and are comfortable, if you don't listen to your body you can do damage to your ribs and lungs to always make sure you can breathe.


Get Use To Your Waist Trainer

So we all know that we need to break in a new pair of high heels, you wear them around the house so your feet get used to it before heading out to the bar. This concept also applies to waist trainers! Each girl has a unique body shape and type, so its important to break in your new waist trainer, this will give both your body and the waist trainer the opportunity to adapt ad get to know each other. We here at Hour Glass Waist recommend starting with 2 - 4 hours of wearing your waist trainer for the first week before sleeping in it.


Know Your Sleeping Position

Everyone has a sleeping position that they preferred when laying down to go to bed if your planning on wearing your waist trainer while you sleep then you need to know what position you sleep in and how it affects waist trainers.


Sleep on Your Tummy

If you often find you wake up lying on your belly then that most likely means you prefer sleeping on your belly. If this is the case then there a few points you should consider. If you are a tummy sleeper then we recommend to wear one of our latex waist trainers, the reasons being there is no busks at the front, leaving you comfortable as you sleep.


Sleep on Your Back

If you are a back sleeper and choose to wear your waist trainer when sleeping you may find your pelvis and hipbone dip down. This is a common occurrence on old mattresses that have lost support and no longer support your back properly. You need to ensure you support the curve on your back, try placing a small pillow, towels or sheets under your lower back or knees, this helps spread the weight and keep pressure off your back.


Sleep on Your Side

If you sleep on your side you will find it hard to wear your waist trainer as you sleep, the main reasons being you will find it difficult to maintain balance and cause issues with your core muscles, all this leads to an uncomfortable sleep! If you do sleep on your side the best option is to place a cushion on your side to help maintain balance and align your spine and hips. Overall we don't recommend sleeping on your side when wearing your waist trainer.



Wearing a waist trainer while you sleep can be an effective way to incorporate the use of your waist trainer. We recommended wearing your waist trainer for a maximum of 8hrs, so if your planning on sleeping in then don't wear your waist trainer. One thing to keep in mind is that sleeping in your waist trainer is not for everyone, many people as we discussed above have discomforts from trying to sleep in their waist trainers, they feel pressure on their stomachs while lying down and some people even suffer from stress attacks due to the waist trainer being too tight.

The question of whether you can sleep in a waist trainer is a controversial one. While some people recommend wearing waist trainers to bed as part of their waist training journey to achieve a smaller waist and a coveted hourglass shape, others caution against it for health and safety reasons.

It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of waist training before jumping on the waist trainer bandwagon. While waist training can help shed pounds and improve body image, it can also cause acid reflux, blockages in the digestive tract, and compromise internal organ function if not worn properly or for extended periods.

Additionally, sleeping with a waist trainer can pose risks to your health, such as obstructing rib fractures, limiting lung capacity, and causing physical pain due to the body being tightly constricted. It can also interfere with proper digestion, blood circulation, and lung capacity, making it difficult to breathe deeply and get a good night's sleep.

Furthermore, poorly fitted corsets and waist trainers can lead to trouble breathing and even panic attacks. It is important to advocate for wearing waist trainers and corsets that fit properly and are worn for the appropriate amount of time to prevent any harm to the body.

While some people may feel that sleeping with a waist trainer will help them achieve a more confident appearance and smaller waist, it is important to remember that a balanced diet and proper exercise are the best ways to achieve long-term health and fitness goals. There is no quick fix or magic solution to achieving the perfect hourglass figure.

It is also important to listen to your body and pay attention to what it tells you. If wearing a waist trainer to bed causes discomfort, pain, or any other abnormal positions, it is best to take it off and sleep without it. Using small pillows to support your body and achieve a comfortable sleeping position is a perfectly good alternative.

Ultimately, it is important to seek a medical professional's opinion before starting any waist training journey. While society and mass culture may promote the idea of a tiny waist and a perfect hourglass figure, it is important to prioritize health and safety above all else.

While some people may recommend wearing waist trainers to bed as part of their waist training journey, it is not a practice that is universally recommended or safe for everyone. Properly fitting waist trainers can help improve posture and provide a more confident appearance when worn for appropriate amounts of time. However, it is important to listen to your body and prioritize health and safety by avoiding wearing waist trainers for extended periods, sleeping with them, or compromising internal organ function. Instead, opt for a balanced diet, proper exercise, and good posture to achieve a healthy and confident body image.

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Author Bio

Hannah - Manager at Hourglass 

Hannah is a certified personal trainer based in Australia. Since 2017 she has inspired women across the nation through honest & educational content. Her dietary and fitness expertise are trusted across the fitness community.