Sleeping with Wet Hair: A Dangerous Habit?

Sleeping with wet hair

Fall asleep last night with wet hair after your shower? You are probably not the only one. But it can be a very bad habit to cultivate. Sleeping with wet hair has many potentially harmful effects. Most of which you probably never thought of.

Wet Hair and the Fungus Hotbed of Your Pillow

Fungi love warm and humid environments. They thrive in it. You know that they exist outside in the environment. But you probably never thought of them living inside your pillow.

Have you ever sat in bed with clothes that you have worn outside, skipped washing your hair for a day and went to sleep in bed, or even kept your window open? These are all ways that fungi spores can enter your home and rest inside your pillow.

When you sleep with wet hair, you cultivate the growth of those fungi spores inside your pillow. The heat from your head when you sleep and the moisture from your wet hair create the perfect breeding ground. The wetness from your head can also pick-up particles from your pillow, bed, and sheets.

If that happens, you have to worry about possible scalp fungus infections like dandruff and ringworm. And those fungus infections are more of a nuisance. Serious fungus infections are possible if other dangerous fungi make a home in your pillow. And you inhale the spores in your sleep. In this instance, infection by a more harmful fungus is possible. After all, how often do you wash your pillow?

Final Thoughts

It is a good idea to blow dry your hair first before sleeping. Sleeping with wet hair can cultivate more than bed head. It can also encourage the growth of the hidden colony of fungus living in your pillow.