7 Conditions that are Caused by Sleeping with Wet Hair

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

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7. Headache

If bacteria begin to grow on your scalp, your body will naturally increase blood flow to the skin to ward off infection. The increased pressure can lead to a headache. (6) Who wants to start their day that way?


Proper Hair Care

If your hair is wet at bedtime, consider taking steps to minimize potential problems.

  • Towel dry your hair as soon as you leave the shower.
  • Take as much dampness out of your hair as you can before it hits the pillow. Use a diffuser on your hair dryer or gently blot hair with a cotton T-shirt to remove excess water.
  • Use a silk or satin pillowcase; it is less abrasive than cotton to minimize the potential for breakage at night.
  • Gently twist or braid your hair and lightly fasten with non-pulling hair ties.
  • Apply a leave-in conditioner to help your hair maintain moisture.
  • Do not leave hair wrapped in a towel when you sleep. Doing so increases the chances of developing micro-organism overgrowth. Additionally, your head will retain heat, which is not conducive to solid, productive sleep. You’ll sleep better if you’re slightly cool.
  • Don’t wrap your hair tightly or in a bun so that your hair and scalp have an opportunity to dry while you sleep.
  • Try to bathe earlier in the evening to give your hair a chance to dry before bedtime.
  • If you’re not a fan of hairdryers, sit in front of a mechanical fan to dry your hair without the heat.

Managing your hair is an important part of self-care and overall health.


This small change in routine may seem small, but it can have a profound effect on how you view yourself and your body in the long run. Make sleeping with wet hair a thing of the past and you’ll be glad you did.