The 7 Best Earrings To Sleep In [2022]

Last Updated on March 30, 2022

It’s no secret that sleeping in earrings can be uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a variety of earring styles that make sleeping in earrings a more comfortable experience.

Not sure where to start when shopping for a pair of earrings that can be worn to bed? 

Here are the 7 best earrings to sleep in:


What Are the 7 Best Earrings to Sleep In?

It can be challenging to find a comfortable pair of earrings to sleep in but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist! In fact, there are a variety of earring styles that can be comfortably worn to bed, including:

  • Sleeper earrings
  • Huggie earrings
  • Flat-Back stud earrings
  • Hinged hoop earrings

Each of these styles of earrings can provide extended comfort throughout the night.

Sleeper Earrings

Sleeper earrings are by far the most popular option for anyone looking to wear earrings to bed. Sleeper earrings are typically continuous hoops that come in a variety of sizes to fit the unique shape of the earlobe. Sleeper earrings are designed to increase comfort and maintain mobility around the piercing.  

EACHLP 6Pcs 316L Surgical Stainless Steel Small Gold Huggie Hoop Earrings 6mm 8mm 10mm Hypoallergenic Earrings Hoop Cartilage Helix Lobes Hinged Sleeper Earrings for Men Women (6mm 8mm 10mmGold)

Huggie Earrings

Huggie earrings are small hoops that fit snugly around the ear. Huggie earrings are perfect for sleeping because they remain securely attached to the earlobe and feature a curved back.

PAVOI 14K Yellow Gold Plated Post Cubic Zirconia Cuff Earring Huggie Stud

Flat-Back Stud Earrings 

Flat-Back stud earrings are another great option for sleeping. Flat-Back stud earrings feature a flat back that rests gently against the backside of the ear. Be sure to use flat-back studs that are smooth and round. 

Dot Earrings, High Polished Surgical Steel Screw Flat Back 8MM Disc Stud Earrings for Women Men Pack of 5 Pairs(3MM/5MM/8MM Option) (8MM/0.32" Studs)

Pearl Stud Earrings

Pearl stud earrings are a great option for bedtime. The sleek texture of the pearl stud will remain uncaught. Be sure to select a pair with a flat back for ultimate comfort. 

PAVOI 18K Gold Plated Sterling Silver Round Stud White Simulated Shell Pearl Earrings - 6mm

Dot-Shaped Stud Earrings

Dot-Shaped studs are perfect for nighttime wear because the flat back and smooth stud fasten securely to the ear and aren’t at risk of snagging on blankets or clothing.

14K Yellow Gold Filled Round Ball Stud Earrings Pushback 3mm

Endless Hoop Earrings

Endless hoops earrings can be comfortable for sleeping when correctly sized. Be sure to select hoops that are small in diameter and fit relatively close to the earlobe. 

14k Yellow Gold Endless Hoop Earrings 14mm/0.55 inch

Hinged Hoop Earrings

Hinged hoop earrings are easy to insert and remain secured to the earlobe, making them a perfect option for overnight wear. Select hinged hoop earrings that are small in diameter and fit snuggly upon the earlobe.

Solid Sterling Silver 18G -13mm

What Materials Are Best for Overnight Wear?

It’s important to select high-quality material earrings for overnight wear. Select earrings made  from high-quality materials including:

  • Surgical steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Gold

Why Does Earring Comfort Matter?

Being comfortable overnight is just one of many important reasons to select the right earrings for overnight wear. 

Other reasons include:


Sleeping in the wrong pair of earrings can result in painful irritation that may last well beyond the night. 


Earrings made of low-quality material can result in infections that may end up requiring medical treatment if slept in too long.


Injury can occur to the piercing and surrounding ear when earrings that are the wrong shape, weight, or size are worn to bed. 

What Happens If You Sleep In Uncomfortable Earrings?

Sleeping in uncomfortable earrings can result in more than just a bad night’s sleep. In fact, sleeping with uncomfortable earrings can result in injury to the ear or damage to the earring. 

What Earrings Should You Not Sleep In?

Not all earrings are designed to be slept in. Avoid sleeping in earrings such as:

  • Diamond-studded earrings
  • Large hooped earrings
  • Heavy or weighted earrings 

Is It Common to Sleep in Earrings?

Yes! Many people choose to sleep in earrings. However, it’s important to choose the right type of earring to ensure safety and comfort. 

Other Things to Consider When Sleeping in Earrings

It’s important to consider a variety of factors when choosing to sleep in earrings, including:


Choose earrings that are lightweight to increase comfort and reduce the risk of irritation.


Select earrings that are short and snug to reduce the risk of earrings getting tangled or caught on bed sheets and clothing.


Sleep in earrings made of high-quality materials like stainless steel or sterling silver to reduce the risk of infection. 

Reminders for Sleeping In Earrings

Remember to choose earrings that are made of high-quality material, lightweight, and fit snugly against the ear. Choose earrings such as sleepers, huggies, and flat-back studs to increase comfort and support a restful night’s sleep. 

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.