Necklaces are crafted in numerous styles and lengths from different materials. You may have a piece of sentimental value, something you never want to take off. Or you may be like many others and just too lazy to take off jewelry at night. This made us wonder: Can you sleep with a necklace on? We did some research and offer our advice in this post.
The short answer is yes. Yes, you can sleep with a necklace on if you are an adult. In fact, you probably have at some point. As for infants and young children, any item that can cause them to choke or be strangled shouldn’t be in their sleeping area, especially around their neck.
The real question to ask here is: Should you sleep with your necklace on? The answer might still be yes, but there are some factors to consider.
Wearing a necklace can make a bold fashion statement. But sleeping in a necklace? Not so much. Read on as we guide you through common issues with taking your bling to bed.
Things to Consider before You Sleep With a Necklace On?
Skin irritation and Discoloration
Necklaces can be crafted from an array of materials. Nickel and stainless steel are popular, inexpensive materials. These metals can be designed into beautiful pieces but beware if you are allergic. Nickel and stainless steel can cause a reaction resulting in dry patches of itchy skin.
Copper or brass can also cause reactions. If your skin turns green, you are allergic.
Yellow gold, white gold and silver sound like safe options, but keep in mind they contain these other metals. To be safe, opt for 14K gold or higher and sterling silver.
Necklaces Can Bend and Break While You Sleep
A good reason to remove your necklace before going to sleep is to prevent any damage to the jewelry itself. Chains can kink, get twisted and bend in the wrong direction as one moves around in their sleep. Kinks and twists weaken areas of a necklace. Over time the chain can stretch and show wear. Eventually, it will break.
A pendant will move around a chain as you sleep and get caught at the clasp. This scenario can result in the chain snapping. If you are at home, you may be lucky enough to realize your necklace broke. If you happen to be at a hotel or somewhere away from home, you may not realize you’re separated from your necklace until you’ve left town.
Bedding can also cause wear on the tips of prongs that hold gemstones in place. Over time the wear can cause the setting to loosen, which will require maintenance or a possible repair.
Tangled Necklaces May Disturb Your Sleep
Tossing and turning during the night can cause your necklace to get caught in your hair or tangled in the sheets. Your necklace may even get wrapped too tight for comfort around your neck.
Charms, prongs or pendants can poke you, interfering with sleep. Don’t risk your night of rest.
Is it Safe to Wear a Necklace to Bed?
We’ve talked a bit about safety in this post. If you are worried about wearing a necklace, you should simply remove it before going to sleep. Safety is not a major concern with adults. At most you are at risk of being scratched if there are any sharp points or edges with your piece. Your necklace might make you uncomfortable and that might make you feel unsafe. And, because prongs can wear over time, your gemstones will eventually be less secure in their setting. Losing a gemstone is an expensive lesson to learn.
Your soft, high quality bedding may not be safe. A simple chain won’t put your sheets at risk, but pendants and prongs tend to snag. Don’t let jewelry ruin your cozy sheets.
It is recommended that babies and young children not wear a necklace or anything around their neck while they sleep.
Can You Sleep With a Gold Necklace on?
You certainly can sleep with a gold necklace on. But should you? This is a personal choice for comfort while you sleep. Also, if you are allergic to metals such as nickel, you will want to make sure that your necklace is 14K gold or higher. An allergic reaction to metals can cause skin irritation and discoloration.
Can You Sleep With a Silver Necklace on?
As with gold, if you are not bothered with something on your neck, then feel free to wear to sleep with a silver necklace. If your piece is fragile, you should consider removing it before you sleep. And, choose sterling silver to avoid any potential allergic reactions.
Has Anyone Ever Been Harmed From Wearing a Necklace to Bed?
Unless you are a child, harm from wearing a necklace to bed is highly unlikely. It’s possible to get a small cut or skin indentation if your piece is large or has sharp edges.
Necklaces can also get tangled in your hair or within your sheets. This may cause discomfort while you separate your hair or bedding from your jewelry.
Enjoy Your Necklace
It’s certainly okay to sleep with your necklace on. It’s a matter of choice for comfort and longevity of your jewelry.
If you decide not to wear your necklace to sleep, make removing it a part of your routine. Put it in the same place each night. Your necklace will be safe and secure, waiting for you in the morning.