Whether you’re newly engaged and can’t imagine parting with your new piece of jewelry for even a moment, or you have a favorite ring that has just become part of who you are, you may wonder from time to time if you should be taking your ring(s) off while you sleep. For most other items of jewelry, such as watches and necklaces, taking them off when they aren’t required is standard practice. But what about something as tiny and unnoticeable as a ring?
At the end of the day, as you crawl into bed, choosing to leave a ring on while you sleep or take it off is a personal decision. Jewelry experts all have differing opinions regarding sleeping with a ring on, so let’s look at some of the reasons that may apply to you.
Here’s why you might sleep with it on:
- So that you don’t forget it or lose it – Regardless of whether your ring cost a pretty penny or you found it in a Cracker Jack box, you keep and wear it for a reason. Continually taking it off will lead to more chances of you forgetting to put it back on in the morning. If it’s a piece that you wear daily, realizing that you have left home without it can be more than a little frustrating. If you are sleeping somewhere new or unfamiliar, taking it off can increase your anxiety about leaving it behind or misplacing it.
- It doesn’t bother you – If you don’t notice your ring when you are going about your daily activities, the chances of it bothering you in your sleep are slim, especially if you have regular sleep patterns and tend to stay in one place in the bed. As long as you aren’t moving around like a tornado, there’s no need to take it off if you don’t want to.
- It’s small – Costume jewelry and Beyonce-sized engagement rings are slightly more challenging to sleep in because of the sheer mass. However, if the ring in question is a simple band or one that doesn’t have many extra elements to it, it won’t pose any threat to your health or safety.
- Keeping it close is sentimental for you – For many people, rings carry symbolic meaning, particularly ones that are passed on from past generations, received as a gift, or if they represent something significant, such as a wedding/engagement ring. In these instances, wearing the ring is more than merely keeping it on for show or decoration, and it can be viewed as bad luck to take it off, or the person may feel that something is missing when it isn’t worn. If your ring is memorable in this way, you should sleep with it on as long as you feel comfortable.
Here’s why you might want to take it off:
- There are sharp prongs or unusual edges – Rings with several prongs or costume-style rings are usually not ideal for sleeping, especially if you sleep with your hands close to your face. Similarly, rings with unpolished stones are best to be taken off while you sleep. While it’s possible to get through a night without any issues, if you’re worried about it, taking it off won’t hurt. Since my ring falls into this category, I decided to buy a sports ring instead and put my real ring away for the night. I highly recommend getting an ROQ Silicone Ring from Amazon. They come in a whole bunch of sizes and colors! They are convenient for when you are working out as well. I’ve worn mine to bed for a couple of months now, and it works great!
- You’re concerned about its security – Rings that have stones that aren’t securely set, or have elements that dangle (most often in the costume jewelry department) are not usually made to withstand anything more than looking fashionable and beautiful. If your ring has something like a flower or crown on it, is a band where the ends don’t meet, or is any other type of ring that has materials that can easily bend or break off – you should take it off.
- It’s hot out – It isn’t uncommon for people to heat up when they are asleep, especially in the warmer months. If you tend to get hot, causing your finger to swell, it’s a good idea to take off your ring before bed. While the chances of completely cutting off your circulation are slim, you may find it to be more comfortable.
- You have sensitive skin – Allergies and reactions to different types of metal can leave an unsightly impression on your finger; for this reason, rings that have this effect should only be worn for short periods. If you find that your skin has turned green from your ring, but you definitely want to keep wearing it, taking it off will be best for your finger, and the longevity of the ring. (Source)
- You thrash in your sleep – Wild sleepers may want to consider taking their rings off while they sleep if the ring has many pointy parts. If you ever snag your ring during the day when walking around, it’s possible that the same can happen while you’re in bed.
Keep in mind that for each horror story that you hear of someone being gauged in the eye or sheets being ripped to shreds, you will also hear plenty of stories of incident-free nights of sleeping comfortably with rings (and linens) intact. It’s also important to note that a well-made ring will not become damaged or lose its stones simply from being worn to bed.
When you are deciding whether or not you should sleep with a ring on, you should consider the type of ring that it is and your personal comfort level, and you will be able to figure out which option is best for you.