Can You Nap in Contacts?
It’s a common question asked by nap lovers. Eye doctors say it’s not a great idea to sleep while wearing contacts. Even napping with contact lenses in your eyes can lead to irritation or damage. When you sleep with your contacts in, your corneas can’t get the oxygen they need to fight off germs. That can lead to infections and other serious eye health conditions we’ve outlined for you below. Although those last minutes leading up to your much-needed nap feel like you’re dragging lead shoes, it’s important to grab your case and remove your contacts before your head hits the pillow.
How can sleeping in contacts hurt your eyes?
Here are three serious risks associated with sleeping in contact lenses:
- Hypoxia of the eye
- Corneal ulcers
Can you sleep in 30-day contacts?
Some contact lenses are designed for extended wear. They’re thinner and allow an increased amount of oxygen to reach the cornea, lowering the risk of infection. You’ll want to ask your doctor for contact lenses approved for continuous wear and confirm whether they recommend sleeping with them in.
Our conclusion - Talk to your doctor
When in doubt, you should always follow a product’s instructions and your doctor’s advice. Wear contacts for the recommended amount of time and keep them clean. Unless your doctor has said otherwise, take them out when it’s time for bed. FIND A DOCTOR