Sleep Bras For Big Breasts

A sleep bra for big boobs, sometimes called a night bra, or comfort bras; is a boon for many women with big breasts.

It is a simple fact that large breasts are heavy and many ladies with a lot up top have logical concerns that their unsupported breasts may cause unnecessary stretch marks. Some women only use them when their boobs swell and become uncomfortable during pregnancy; some during those particularly sensitive PMT / PMS days, or merely that they simply feel more comfortable with support.

Of course many busty ladies are happy to go without but for many women with a large bust 'gently' supportive big bras at night are an absolute blessing. There is no right or wrong, you should do what suits you.

Comfortable bras for large busted women are always a priority and it may or may not surprise you that many women like to wear these as comfort bras around the house, for doing the housework or just casual use. Not to go out in but a simple comfortable alternative for ladies who like to 'free themselves up' a little occasionally especially in a non-wired alternative.

Plus Size Cotton Comfort Bra
Seamless Comfort Bra from Marielle

Again, most of the sleep bras for big boobs shown here are simply lifted from Amazon and I have provided links if you are interested but this is no hard sell, it is purely your choice. I just want to show that wherever you live in the world, if you have the internet, you can order a vast choice of these garments.

One thing I do recommend is reading the 'customer reviews' to see what other women think of that brand.

Medical Concerns On The Sleep Bra

A medical concern was raised that wearing a bra at night might be harmful with scare stories of cancer links. However closer inspection reveals that those concerns were mainly to do with wearing the same day time bra at night too.

One study reckoned going without a sleep bra meant increased breast tone and lift but the evidence was decidedly vague and I reckoned that it was all a little tenuous, at best. How one can get to an argument that a woman with seriously big boobs will magically become perkier by going 'naked', leaves me baffled.

Another strand of the argument relates to the supposed atrophy of the Coopers Ligaments. To give a very quick explanation for those who have not read about this before. Your boobs are not actually supported by muscles as such, they are supported by the aforementioned Coopers Ligaments and as they are not muscles, they cannot atrophy (become weaker) from lack of use.

In fact there only really seems to be one source of any claims of harm and that was from one book written many years ago. By all accounts it has been criticised by many different scientists / medics ever since but the authors do like to keep the argument going possibly for continued book sales, do you think?

The bottom line is that I have yet to see any real scientific evidence to support a theory that a night bra for big busts does you either harm or good so it really comes down to personal choice.

There is interesting source of opinions from practising doctors on this (www.realself.com) and the bottom line seems to be that whilst there is a lot of strong opinions and anecdotal comment there is no conclusive scientific evidence of either the good or harm of wearing a bra at night. Most however did advise against underwiring.

Intimate Portal Women's Cotton Wellness Full Coverage Front Fastening Soft Bra
Comfort Revolution Wire Free Bra

So Should You Wear a Night Bra, or Not?

The fact is most nightwear, be it pajamas, a tee shirt or a nightie, does not have any support. For most women with 'normal' busts, this is not a concern but for women with a large bust this can be a real issue. There is often a more pressing need for some support.

Of course you can wear a 'normal' bra to bed but caution is needed as they tend to be too tight, any under-wiring can dig in as you lay on one spot for hours at a time and that can be uncomfortable. The key thing to remember is that such lingerie is designed for a vertical stance and regular daily movement and hence is understandably close / tight fitting.

That said some big busted ladies do wear standard brassieres to bed but often opt for their older models which have become a little looser over time and therefore are more comfortable. Softer cup styles tend to be favoured, which again is understandable but of course it is often difficult to find really good supportive styles in large cup bras.

Why Wear A Comfort Bra At Night?

You may never have considered it but a night bra for big breasts can be a help. There are a number of reasons why women wear them but the principal reasons are:

  • Lack of comfort at night due to the weight of the breasts
  • Pain when boobs expand during pregnancy
  • Leakage whilst breast feeding requiring a support for pads
  • Discomfort during that time of the month
  • Recovering from surgery and you can only manage a gentle post op bra
  • Concerns over maintaining shape
  • Irritation from sensitive nipples rubbing against sheets or nightwear

How The Design of a Night Bra For Big Boobs Differs

Unlike a sports bra or strapless brassiere, a bed-time bra is specifically designed to be comfortable and some are even called comfort bras. They are normally:

  • lightweight, 
  • have full coverage cups
  • have wide straps, 
  • are made of soft fabric 
  • have no or little wiring,
  • simple or no clasps / hooks 
  • and no fillers

Most brassieres are naturally designed for you whilst you are standing / sitting up. Gravity will obviously pull your breasts down in a vertical fashion and the design is therefore all about countering that.

At night, when you are lying horizontal on your back, or side, your boobs will settle out towards the sides so there is some specific design consideration for this.

Do You Need a Sleep Bra For Big Breasts?

You may not 'need' to wear a sleep bra for big busts but you may well find it more comfortable. I for one value a good night's sleep above almost all things and anything that helps you achieve that, certainly gets my vote. It is a free country and the 'let-them-swing-police' will not see you in the privacy of your bed.

Leading Lady Women's Plus-Size Sleep Leisure Cotton Most Comfortable Bra
Hanes Women's Cozy Softcup Seamless Wire Free Bra

The main thrust of the anti-sleep bra opinion is aimed at under-wiring and being too tight thereby restricting circulation. This tends to be aimed at 'ordinary' brassieres, whereas most sleep bras are very light, have no wiring and are considerably less tight. Sleep bras are also often have a higher cotton content than 'normal' bras.

There is a school of thought that says you have natural support which is more than sufficient and you were designed that way so logically it must be good enough. That line of thinking ignores swollen and sore breasts from pregnancy, breast-feeding, menstruation, surgery or plain painful breasts, what ever their size.

It also ignores the scientific fact that big breasts are heavy and have a greater gravitational pull than smaller boobs so there may well be a very different requirement. Even if it is a different horizontal pull when sleeping, as opposed to our normal vertical posture, gravity does not stop working at night.

Night Bras For Big Busts

If you need or prefer support for your breasts at night, then investigate a night bra for big busts. It is clearly not the same support but anything that helps 'the girls' cannot be bad and earns it's moniker the comfort bra.

It also ignores the scientific fact that big breasts are heavy and have a greater gravitational pull than smaller boobs so there may well be a very different requirement. Even if it is a different horizontal pull when sleeping, as opposed to our normal vertical posture, gravity does not stop working at night.

If you need or prefer support for your breasts at night, then investigate a sleep bra for big breasts. It is clearly not the same support but anything that helps 'the girls' cannot be bad and earns it's moniker the comfort bra.


Below is a selection of sleep bras for you to peruse at your leisure. They are a variety of makes, styles and prices. Hover your mouse over the pictures to expand them.


Odd Facts:

  • Whilst sleep bras sometime come in normal sizes, it seems odd at first to find that they can also be labelled simply: small, medium, large.
  • They are also known as comfort bras for the the somewhat obvious reason that they are very comfortable and women with breasts that are uncomforatble, for whatever reason, find great comfort there.
  • Similarly, many women will wear this as a post op bra. Clearly that is a time when you need support but your breasts are very tender. This is a perfect solution.
  • I read that (British TV presenter) Mariella Frostrup always wears a brassiere in bed, following advice from Paula Yates, in lieu of having surgery to ensure her breasts remain perky.
  • Marilyn Monroe also apparently slept in a bra to sustain her perkiness.

Alternatives To Sleep Bras
For The Big Busted:

Ignoring 'daytime' bras, the main alternatives are:

  • Sports bras. I must admit I was surprised at the amount of anecdotal evidence (on the internet) of big boobed women using looser sports bras for night wear.
  • Sleep Tank tops / Camisoles with built in support - see cami bras
  • Nighties with in built 'bras' - which is what I personally sometimes wear
  • Not an actual alternative but again I was interested to see how many women state they tuck a fluffy sock, flannel (or cotton equivalent) in the cleavage to keep the 'girls' apart.

At the end of the day, it is your choice. Do what feels best for you. 




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Rosme Womens Wireless Unpadded Bra Collection
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For me the best sleep bras for big breasts mean wide straps, no wiring and no padding; just comfort. They are not built for exercise and the daily grind. 

This is all about having a supportive and comfortable sleep. Think about it. You are asleep for almost a third of your day, every day of your life. Surely it is worth at least considering making that time more relaxed?

Plus the bonus - generally night bras are a lot, lot cheaper!


Something that is not easy for any woman but you do need to know how the back of the bra is sitting

Remember to check the back!

Does it provide the support you require? Is it front or back opening? Remember this is all about comfort, not looks. It may be far frumpier than you would normally wear but so what?


Post Op Bras

Any woman who has been through surgery on or around her breasts needs a lot of care and time to recover.

These are known as comfort bras for a reason and are recommended by doctors as post op bras when the scar tissue is still too painful to wear a 'normal' brassiere.

And if there are any women recovering from surgery, my thoughts are with you. Hang in there girl!

Or should that be let the girls hang in there?


For the Seriously Busty

Goddess (US)

I occasionally get comments from ladies at the top end of the scale, who sometimes consider that I am not sufficiently catering for their 'huge' or 'massive' boobs. 

Well Goddess has a range that certainly should be explored. It may not be as cheap as other brands but you will get quality and it does go big!


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