How to Sleep With A New Tattoo Safely and Comfortably
Getting a tattoo can be a great way to express your personality or mark your body in a meaningful and significant way, honoring something or someone that you care about, a personal story you’ve experienced, or something else you hold dear.
However, tattoos need to be taken seriously, and the first few days and nights after getting your ink can be quite stressful and painful. For example, a lot of people struggle to sleep after getting a tattoo due to pain in the tattooed area or stress about the skin getting infected or unclean.
Schedule a consultation with your tattoo artist before and after getting your tattoo. This will help you learn all the best tips and tricks for caring for your tattoo and coping with the side effects you experience. This guide will also provide some useful tips to help you sleep safely and comfortably with your new ink.
The first step for sleeping with your tattoo is to pick the right position. We all have our favorite sleeping positions. Some people side sleepers, while others prefer sleeping on their back or stomach.
Unfortunately, when it comes to sleeping with a tattoo, your usual position might not be possible. You should not sleep directly on the tattoo, as this can lead to extra pain and a higher chance of infection, as well as slowing down the healing process. So you have to find a position that lets your tattoo breathe and avoids any unnecessary pressure on the area.
Experts recommend that we all get about eight hours of sleep every night, and it’s really important to stick to this rule, especially after getting a tattoo. Why? Well, it’s when we sleep that our bodies carry out a lot of recovery and repair processes for damaged cells.
So, when you sleep, the skin that has been tattooed will start to heal and recover. You’ll need as much of this recovery time as possible, so it’s very important to get the full eight hours, even if you don’t usually tend to sleep that long.
It’s also imperative to properly prepare your bed or sleeping area before you actually go to bed and try to sleep after getting your tattoo. You’ll need to apply fresh sheets, for example. Old sheets can be dirty and unsafe.
Even if they look clean or are relatively fresh, they may be covered in microscopic skin cells, dirt, and bacteria that could infect your tattoo. Put some fresh sheets onto the bed and try to opt for darker sheets, if you have them, to avoid any stain issues if your tattoo ink seeps into the fabric.
During a consultation with a tattoo artist after your tattoo, they should tell you all about the importance of keeping your tattoo clean and moisturized with the proper aftercare products, which may include creams and ointments.
It’s really important to follow these cleaning and moisturizing processes before going to bed. This will help the tattooed area recover more quickly as you sleep, as well as massively reducing your risk of any nasty infections in the area.
It’s recommended to avoid alcohol and smoking in general, but this tip is even more relevant after getting a tattoo. Alcohol can slow down your body’s recovery rate and impact your sleep quality too, so it’s best to avoid it while waiting for your tattoo to heal.
Smoking, meanwhile, leads to constriction of the blood vessels, making it harder for the body to transport vital nutrients and oxygen to the skin around your tattoo. This, too, can lead to the recovery and healing process being a lot slower and raising the risk of infection.
Tattoo itchiness is one of the many side effects you may experience after getting a tattoo, along with redness, swelling, and soreness in the tattooed area. This can be a real problem at night, as an itchy arm or body part can keep you awake for hours.
However, it’s important to avoid scratching the skin at all costs. Itchiness is actually a sign that the recovery process is ongoing and your skin is starting to heal, which is why it usually seems worse about 4-5 days after getting the tattoo. So try to cope with it as well as you can and apply moisturizer to reduce it.
While many people enjoy letting their dogs and cats into the bedroom or up onto the bed in the evening, this sort of behavior really isn’t recommended when it comes to dealing with tattoos and aftercare.
Even if your pets seem clean and fresh, they can carry all kinds of bacteria on their bodies and in their fur. If they brush up against your tattoo or roll around on your bed, you’ll be at a much higher risk of infection.