Sleep with a fresh tattoo – what do you have to pay attention to?

If you have had a new tattoo , the tattoo artist will have already given you some tips so that you get the best result. If you don’t follow the advice, there is a risk of inflammation and the tattoo may not heal properly.

During the day you pay close attention to hygiene. But what does it actually look like at night and what do you have to consider when sleeping with the fresh tattoo?

How does your sleep look with the new tattoo? The steps you should perform in order to avoid any health risks.

USE FRESH BED LINEN

At night, the same applies to the tattoo that you have to create a clean environment . Therefore, you should use fresh bed linen. There are no old flakes of skin or bacteria in these. Mites shouldn’t be found there either. This will reduce the risk of an infection.

You should use fresh bed linen after each night Make sure you have enough covers ready to be able to re-cover the bed. It is also advisable to use dark bed linen . The fresh ink could rub off from the tattoo onto the sheet or pillow.

COVER THE TATTOO

The tattoo is covered with a foil directly by the tattoo artist. Ask whether the foil should remain on the tattoo for the first night or whether it should be replaced with a bandage. Sometimes it will be better for the night if you use a sterile absorbent patch.

CHOOSE SLEEPING POSITION

In which sleeping position do you feel most comfortable? With the tattoo there are definitely special features that you have to pay attention to. This mainly depends on where the tattoo is located. In summary, the following sleeping positions are recommended depending on the position of the tattoo:

Tattoo on your back, then sleep on your stomach
Tattoo on one side, sleep on the other side
Tattoo on the chest, sleep on your back
Tattoo on the leg, then lift the leg with a pillow

AVOID ALL EXPOSURE

Your tattoo is on your back and you can’t sleep on your stomach at all? Then you have to be patient a little longer until you can sleep on your side or back again.

In order for the tattoo to heal optimally, it needs sufficient air. If you lie down on the spot, the air supply is restricted and the healing process is impaired.

If everything goes smoothly, you can get a smaller tattoo after just 4 days. To be on the safe side, it is advisable to wait about a week until you no longer have to worry about the tattoo while sleeping.

WHICH SLEEPING POSITION IS THE MOST GENTLE FOR THE TATTOO?

A rough classification has already been made as to which sleeping position is best with a tattoo. In general, you shouldn’t sleep directly on the tattoo , as it still needs enough air to heal. After all , the tattoo represents a wound that is appropriately cared for by the body.

THE TATTOO ON THE STOMACH OR CHEST

If the tattoo is on your stomach or chest, it is advisable to sleep on your back. This does not always seem comfortable and you may have to learn to sleep on your back first . Sometimes it can help to put a pillow in the lumbar area to relieve the lower back. This way you will get used to this sleeping position faster and spend the night better.

THE TATTOO IS ON THE BACK

If you have had a tattoo on your back, you should spend the night on your stomach. It is actually not healthy to sleep on your stomach . Neck pain is more common and breathing becomes harder . For the short duration in which the tattoo has to be spared, the sleep on the stomach is to be coped with. However, you will likely feel more tired. Make sure you have a particularly flat pillow for those who sleep on their stomach to keep the strain on the neck as low as possible.

THE TATTOO IS ON THE HIP

If your new tattoo is on the hip or leg, adjust your sleeping position so that you do not sleep on the tattoo. So sleep on your opposite hip and minimize the strain. In this case, a pillow for side sleep is an advantage in order to obtain sufficient stability . This also prevents you from unconsciously turning on the tattoo while you sleep and impairing healing.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER?

Basically, sleeping with the new tattoo isn’t all that complicated. You should store it in such a way that you are not lying on it with your body and that it is as possible in the air. How can you improve the regeneration so that the tattoo heals well?

GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Numerous regeneration processes take place in the body during sleep. This is also important for the healing of the tattoo. The body regards the tattoo as a wound . To promote healing, you should sleep long enough .

Allow yourself 8 hours or more of sleep so that your body can use this time for wound healing . If you feel relaxed the next morning, this is a good sign that the tattoo is healing quickly.

BETTER TO SLEEP ALONE

Do you sleep with a partner or even a pet in bed?

Subconsciously, it can happen in your sleep that your partner lies down on the tattoo or wants to cuddle with you. The first night it is helpful to sleep separately.

The pet should be banned from bed for a long time. Dogs and cats are considered to be carriers of bacteria and thus represent a risk factor that leads to infections. In addition, dogs and cats tend to lick fresh wounds, which makes it even easier for bacteria to penetrate. Your pet should be locked out of the bedroom until the tattoo has completely healed . Only then is it possible to cuddle together again without risk.

SLEEP WITH THE NEW TATTOO

If you follow these tips and follow the instructions of the tattoo artist, the wound will heal quickly. Sleep carefully and wear loose clothing to protect the tattoo. After a short period of adjustment, you will spend the night as usual and look forward to the new body adornment.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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