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TikTok’s Sweater Sleep Hack

TikTok's Sweater Sleep Hack

The struggle to get a good night’s sleep is imminent as the clocks spring forward this weekend in the UK. But one recent sleep hack on TikTok has got experts scratching their heads, as people are tying a sweater around their head for a better night’s sleep?  

With 19.1 million views, The Sweater Sleep Hack has gathered significant traction on TikTok, despite warnings from concerned individuals noting its potential danger.

Dank Geek (https://dankgeek.com/explains why this particular trend is dangerous, and shares three ways to help you relax and fall asleep quickly. 

Using a sweater around your neck and head to fall asleep might seem like a cosy idea, but there are 5 potential dangers:

  1.  Restricted airflow: Heavy or tight fabrics may restrict your breathing, making it hard to breathe especially if you move a lot at night.
  2. Risk of overheating: All those extra layers around your neck and head can mess with how your body regulates its temperature while sleeping. This could cause discomfort from sweating too much or losing too much water.
  3. Neck and spinal misalignment: Having that bulky sweater wrapped around your neck may also force your neck and back into strange positions. Over time, this could lead to soreness, stiffness or alignment issues with your spine.
  4. Risk of bacterial growth: The sweat and oils from your skin get trapped in the sweater fabric close to your face and throat. This is a perfect place for bacteria to grow and possibly spread to your respiratory system.
  5. Skin irritation: Rubbing that sweater material against your skin all night long may cause irritation, redness or even allergic reactions. This risk goes up if you have sensitive skin.
TikTok's Sweater Sleep Hack

In their long-term experience, Dank Geek have helped many clients who struggle with difficulty sleeping or insomnia. So, here are some proven techniques to achieve quality sleep 

  • Establishing a bedtime routine: Engage in relaxing activities before bed, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practising deep breathing exercises.
  • Optimising your sleep environment: Create a conducive sleep environment by keeping the bedroom cool, dark, and quiet, with comfortable bedding and pillows.
  • Manage stress and your caffeine intake: Practise stress-reduction techniques throughout the day, such as exercise and journaling, while also monitoring caffeine consumption, especially in the afternoon and evening.

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