A lot of mothers and grandmothers suggest their children shouldn’t go to bed with damp or wet hair in order not to catch a cold or pneumonia. However, have you ever wondered whether this claim is true.
It appears that this advice shouldn’t be taken for granted. In fact, there are a lot of negative effects that going to bed with wet hair can cause. Let’s take a look at some of them:
Sleeping with a damp hair may increase the risk of hair breakage.
When you go to bed with a damp or wet hair, in the morning, your hair may be sticky and entangled. This is especially the case for people with long hair.
When going to bed with wet hair becomes a habit, it can lead to scalp itchiness due to the moisture formed in the skin of the scalp.
A moist scalp can damage the functioning of the sebaceous glands in the scalp and cause excessive or reduced production of oil. Moreover, a wet scalp causes problems with the scalp’s pH and you will have problems like dandruff or an oily scalp.
When you sleep with wet hair, you are more prone to a headache due to the difference in temperature between the damp hair and the warmth of the body which increases during sleep.
Pillows are ideal for spread of bacteria as they absorb sweat, body oils, and dead skin cells. Hence, when the hair is wet, the wetness transfers onto the pillow and they become the perfect surrounding for the development of bacteria.
Pain in the muscles
Sudden changes in temperature won’t only cause muscle pain, but they can also lead to severe cramps and facial paralysis and even paralysis of the whole body.
All in all, our mothers and grandmothers are certainly not wrong- going to bed with wet hair is one of the worst habits you can have. You should always dry the hair completely before you go to sleep or wash it during the day so that both the hair and the scalp have time to dry naturally.