The 5 Best Sleep Bras Reviewed

Last Updated May 24, 2022

Now, if we’re being honest, the average woman would say the best bra is no bra, and we’d be inclined to agree. For some, the moment that they can take off their bra at the end of the day is the best part of their day, and we don’t blame them. Underwire and lace can make modern bras uncomfortable to wear after a while, and even sports bras can have a constricting effect that makes wearing a bra feel more like a prison. For many, the idea of wearing a bra to bed seems counterintuitive. However, for people with larger bra sizes and for those who wake up every few hours to nurse a newborn, the security and comfort provided by a sleep bra are second to none.

Much like everyday bras, sleep bras are there to provide support and help reduce back pain while sleeping. In certain cases, sleep bras are specially designed for nursing, allowing the wearer to easily slip the cup to the side to nurse. What makes a quality sleep bra is its comfort, support, and overall convenience. You wouldn’t want to sleep wearing underwire every night, and a good sleep bra offers you the comfort of your favourite tee shirt in bra form.

We know looking for bras can be a daunting task, which is why we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best sleep bras on the market, both for nursing and general sleep needs, so you can shop with confidence knowing you’re getting the best bedtime support out there. Without further ado, here are the top seven sleep bras on the market today.

Best Sleep Bras

We’ve chosen the top sleep bras available on the market today based on comfort, materials, sizing, and convenience. We’ve also factored affordability into our choice, as shopping for new bras shouldn’t come with an unreasonable price tag. From that research here are our picks for the best sleep bras:

1. Calvin Klein Women’s Modern Cotton Unlined Bralette

What’s good?
Large size range up to 3XL
Versatile; can work as a day bra or crop top
To take note
It may not be true to size, bras may run smaller than normal size

Everyone who’s gone bra shopping has heard of Calvin Klein bras, and they are at the top of our list for comfort, support, pricing, and options hands down. While not specially designed for nursing, these bras have a low enough neckline to allow easy access, while still offering the support you need. Each bralette is made with soft, supportive cotton for a breathable fabric that feels like your favourite PJ set. By not featuring separate cups like some sleep bras (and regular bras), these bralettes are flexible as far as sizing goes, and are less likely to cause discomfort for sensitive wearers. If you’re looking for the best sleep bra on the market, Calvin Klein has you covered.

2. Bamboo Pull-On Sleep Bra

What’s good?
Lightweight and breathable fabric for comfortable wear
Full coverage design and extra supportive straps that allow this transition from a sleep bra to a day bra to loungewear
To take note
Only comes in three basic sizes with the largest size as XL

Comfort and sustainability came together and made a bra. And it is seamless. This cotton bra is made with a bamboo blend that has wire-free rib support and a pull-on style. This bra is guaranteed to provide you with full support and zero slippage. Without any clasps, hooks or irritating straps, it doesn’t even feel like you’re wearing anything. So this soft fabric makes this bra perfect for swollen and tender breasts. Soft under bands and thick straps ensure that you sleep in complete comfort, without itching from stitching and lace that is so common with day bras.

Still, if you are looking for a comfy sleep bra, the Bamboo Pull-On Sleep Bra is right up your alley.

3. Kindred Bravely French Terry Racerback Nursing Sleep Bra for Maternity/Breastfeeding

What’s good?
Easy access from the crossbody front makes this a great nursing bra
Removable pads for adjustable support
To take note
Made with 10% spandex and may be irritating to some users
Fabric and style may make this unsuitable for hot weather

If we’ve talked up the versatility and size options of the other sleep bras on this list, Kindred Bravely Extra Soft Sleep Bra takes the cake. This bralette is made with a combination of organic cotton and spandex for comfort and stretch and offers a wide range of sizes that are customized for band size and cup size, allowing you to find the most comfortable option for you. While this bra doesn’t transition from a sleep bra to a day bra-like many on our list, this combination of wireless support and removable pads makes this a great sleep bra option.

4. Triumph Endless Comfort Soft Cup

What’s good?
They offer a large size range up to 24F so there is a fit for you
This is a versatile day bra that can work when you need night support too
To take note
Back clasps can be tricky to maneuver while feeding making them less ideal for nursing and maternity
They may be less comfortable than conventional sleep bras

This took away all the things we hate about traditional bras, the underwires, rigid cups, itchy straps and kept the support. So if you need something to wear at home, out on the day and to bed, this is the bra for you. This is a soft cup bra with cotton linen, padded straps and back clasps so there is no uncomfortable pinching. The padded interior and embroidered exterior are stylish for any kind of wear.

This may be one of the priciest bras on this list, but don’t let that scare you from adding to your wishlist.

5. Ambra Seamless Singles Shaper Bra 

What’s good?
This makes a great nursing bra. Plunged V-neck provides easy access for feeding
Versatile; can work great as a day bra or crop top
To take note
Bras are on the smaller end of the sizing chart, making it less than ideal for anyone on the busty side of the scale

If you are looking for a blend of style, stretch, support, comfort and price, the Ambra Seamless Singles Shaper Bra is the one for you. This super stylish crop top is a great alternative when you want to feel sexy in lingerie without the discomfort. This seamless bra features a thick under band made of comfortable, breathable fabric. This crop top is a great option for anyone looking for added comfort, whether at night or throughout the day.

Still, if you are looking for a comfortable, flexible style, this is a great bralette for you.

Choosing the Right Sleep Bra for You

When shopping for a sleep bra, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. The first is bra size. Many people wear bra sizes that are too small for their unique body shape, and if it has been over three months since your last fitting, you’ll want to figure out your bra size before making a new purchase. Thankfully, many sleep bras focus on the actual measurable size of your body, rather than cup and band sizes, making it much easier to choose the right bra size for you. Be sure to measure under your breasts, as well as across the widest point of your breasts for the most accurate measurements. It is worth noting that there is a delicate balance between choosing a bra that is too tight, and a bra that is too loose. When choosing between two similar sizes, keep in mind that sleep bras are made to stretch as you wear them, meaning choosing a bra on the smaller side is more advisable than choosing one that is too loose, as you may lose out on proper support.

Another thing to keep in mind when shopping for a sleep bra is the level of support you are looking for. Maternity and nursing bras usually prioritize easy access over support, meaning while they may win out in a comfort contest, they may not give you the support you need. On the other hand, flat across sleeping bras will provide a high level of support, making them ideal for those with larger cup sizes, but they may not be as comfortable as you would want. It’s best to weigh your options and experiment with different styles of sleep bras before making a final investment. That way, you can get the best choice for your unique sleep needs.

Another factor to keep in mind is material. For many people, the breasts are one of the more sensitive parts of their body, meaning that it is best to be mindful of the kind of fabrics you are putting on your body. Keep in mind that while natural fabrics tend to be gentler on your body, they have been known to hold in moisture, making them more likely to irritate your body over time. On the other hand, while synthetic fabrics like nylon and spandex offer a wider range of stretch and can help wick moisture away from the body, they have been known to irritate those with sensitive skin. It’s always a good idea to do a fabric test before investing in a sleep bra, either by wearing a tee-shirt made of that material or finding a similar bra type to see how your body reacts. Thankfully, in many cases bra companies have a reasonable return policy, allowing you to swap out sizes and material types depending on what your body needs.

Finally, keep in mind what you like and don’t like in a bra design. Wider straps may offer more support, but they can also cause discomfort in some people. On the other hand, those with smaller breasts may find split front bras don’t offer much coverage, leading to frustration. It’s always a good idea to figure out what works for your unique body before investing in a new sleep bra. The added research is well worth the effort, as a comfortable sleep bra can help revitalise your sleep and help fend off backaches by providing much-needed support.

Should You Be Sleeping in a Bra?

Wondering if a sleep bra is right for you? Check out this quick video on the benefits of wearing a sleep bra for added support, especially for those with a larger cup size.

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