Is It Safe to Sleep With a Waist Trainer?

By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer

Photo by Vladislav Muslakov on Unsplash

There is some evidence that sleeping in a waist trainer can be effective, according to celebrities - but it may not be enjoyable.

Celebrities have completely different lifestyles than the rest of us do. They have access to the best nutritionists, personal chefs, personal trainers - you name it. Most of the perks that come with being a celebrity are, sadly, completely out of reach for the rest of us. So when we hear that celebrities are using a highly effective body shaping and weight loss tool that we can get our hands on, too, we want to learn more about it!

Jessica Alba made waves when she revealed her secret for getting her pre-baby body back so soon after giving birth to each of her daughters, Honor and Haven. “It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” Jessica Alba reportedly said in 2013. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty but worth it.”

Waist trainers are completely accessible to the majority of the population, not just celebrities, and countless women in search of flat tummies took note. Jessica Alba’s confession also raised questions like: Is it safe to sleep in a waist trainer? Should I do it?

First off, you should know that it is not recommended that you overdo it when you first begin waist training. You do have to ease your body into it, starting off by wearing your waist trainer just a few hours at a time, and gradually increasing how much you wear it. But if you’ve been on your waist training journey for awhile and you feel ready to push yourself just a little more, there are a few things you should know about sleeping in your waist trainer.

It’s not comfortable.

Wearing a waist trainer at night could affect how well-rested you feel in the morning. This might be something you can work with over time, by sleeping in it for just a few hours at first and then gradually increasing your time spent sleeping in your waist trainer. It might work for you, or you might find it’s just not worth the discomfort. 

You will sweat profusely. 

If sleeping with a waist trainer on doesn’t bother you, the excess sweating might. Of course, bear in mind the excess sweating is a good thing, as it will help trim down your waistline at a much faster pace. 

You may have to change your sleeping position.

You may find, if you typically sleep on your side, that sleeping with a waist trainer in this position is much too uncomfortable. You may have to switch to sleeping on your tummy or on your back to find a sleeping position that works for you. Be prepared to experiment with extra pillows and blankets, placing them under your back, knees, or head to find a more comfortable position while sleeping in your waist trainer.

The bottom line.

Sleeping in your waist trainer might help you reach your goals a little faster - it certainly worked for Jessica Alba. The bottom line is if this is something you are interested in trying, it is up to you to test it out and see if it’s something that can work for you. 

Have you tried sleeping in your waist trainer? What did you think about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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