Many of us diurnaly take a bath before we sleep. The reaso behind is the want of being refreshed after a long tiring day of work and good night sleep. However, our parents always taught us not to sleep when our hair is still wet. Some parents even advice not to take a bath at night because they believe that it is bad for our health. Sometimes, we ignore their advice and still want to do what we really want. There is a common belief that you will catch a cold when you sleep at night with your wet hair. This is not true since common cold is caused by a virus. Also, we must take care of our hair because this part is close to our brain and any part near the brain is vital.
“Recently, a 32-year-old woman from Wuhan, China suffered from facial paralysis apparently because of sleeping her hair dripping wet. According to China Times, the woman, only by her surname Xiong, works in a shopping mall and because of her busy schedule, she often failed to dry her hair out and fall asleep.”
On the story of Ms. Xiong, when she woke up in the morning, she noticed that she cannot move the left side of her face and noticed that her mouth is misshaped. Immediately, she ran to the hospital and found out that she has a Bell’s Palsy.
“According to Wikipedia, Bell’s palsy is a type of facial paralysis that results in an inability to control the facial muscles on the affected side. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They may include muscle twitching, weakness, or total of the ability to move one or rarely both sides of the face. Other symptoms include drooping of the eyelid, a change in taste, pain around the ear, and increased sensitivity to sound, typically symptoms come on over 48 hours.”
The doctors said that the cause of said condition is the habit of sleeping while the hair is wet. Specialists said that facial paralysis may occur when body temperature changes and because the hair is wet. The pain triggered to her face and caused the tightening of the facial muscle. Sleeping in a pillow with a wet hair may bring out bacteria and may lead to infections.
Ms. Xiong recovered after 10 days of therapy and treatment. Her story will surely give other people a lesson to take care of their body and avoid this kind of sickness.
Here are some suggestions if you still want to take a shower at night.
“If you can’t keep your eyes open long enough to completely blow dry your hair before bed, you should at least towel dry it before letting your head hit the pillow. And if you’re in the habit of tying your hair into a bun while it’s wet before you go to sleep, don’t. Yes, you can wake up with amazing wavy hairstyles, but it can also lead to serious damage. Not only will your hair get tugged as you turn in your sleep, it will also get pinched by your hair tie and in most cases be tugged to the point of falling out.”
“But, if you refuse to change your habit of sleeping with wet hair, invest in a silk pillowcase. The smaller fibres will create less drag on your hair when you move.”