How do you sleep with a fresh tattoo?

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If you’re one of those people who loves getting tattooed, you know the rush that comes with leaving the shop with a new piece of art on your skin. But then reality hits when you realize you have to sleep and there’s no way to keep your tattoo dry. So how do you protect your fresh ink while you catch some Z’s? Here are some tips from tattoo artists and enthusiasts.

Should I wrap my tattoo when I sleep?

Sleeping on a fresh tattoo is a tricky one, with plenty of advice out there as to how you should go about it. Generally speaking, it’s strongly recommended that you wrap your tattoo up when you sleep for the first few days and weeks after getting a fresh tattoo.

This is because wrapping helps to protect against friction, which can be detrimental to your healing ink and cause irritation or infection. However, some seasoned tattoo-goers swear by just using thin layers to cover their body art to avoid sweating on their tattoos while they are asleep. All in all, the choice ultimately comes down to personal preference – but either way should leave you with a beautifully healed piece of ink!

How do I protect my new tattoo while sleeping?

Protecting your new tattoo is essential so that it stays vibrant and beautiful! To do this when sleeping, gently apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to the tattoo and cover it if possible with a non-textured or loose fabric.

Try to sleep on the opposite side of your body from the location of your new ink. Keeping the area clean during waking hours by washing any excess sweat and oil away will help preserve its new appearance even further. With just a few simple steps, you can ensure your fresh tattoo continues looking amazing for years to come!

Can sleeping on a new tattoo mess it up?

It’s important to think twice before sleeping on a new tattoo. Depending on the size, your sleeping position may put pressure on it and cause it to smudge or become irritated. For a small piece, you may be able to take short cat naps while also applying lotion and protecting the site with a soft cloth.

For larger areas, wear loose clothing to bed and adjust yourself gradually if needed so that you aren’t bumping against the fresh ink while tossing and turning. Ultimately, however, it’s best to consult with your artist for specific advice since everyone has different aftercare habits that should be taken into consideration when determining what kind of activity is safe.

Can I sleep regularly with a new tattoo?

Getting a tattoo is an exciting step, but it can be nerve-wracking too. It’s important to take proper care of your new body art, especially in the first few days following the procedure. One important component of that care: getting enough sleep!

As long as your tattoo artist has gone over all the aftercare instructions and it’s been properly treated and bandaged, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to resume normal sleeping habits. Try to keep your new tattoo clean, dry, and away from potential irritants – and you should be just fine to sleep however and whenever you’d like! With Tattoo Aftercare 101 under your belt and a good night’s rest, you’ll be showing off your new ink soon enough!

What happens if you accidentally sleep on your new tattoo?

Accidentally sleeping on your new tattoo can be an incredibly painful experience. Depending on the area of the body it is located, the pressure of your body weight pressing against it could lead to a dull throbbing ache, or something more acute and intense. It’s best to avoid lying on your tattoo at all costs – if you are struggling to do so because of its location, try propping yourself up in different ways with lots of pillows until it has healed as much as possible. If you are continuously waking up with soreness, it may be advisable to speak with your doctor or artist for medical advice.

How do you keep a tattoo moist while sleeping?

When you get a new tattoo, taking proper care of it is vital for maintaining its beauty and integrity. One of the most important precautions to take is keeping your tattoo moisturized while sleeping. You can create an easy and effective solution with only a few steps: Start by rolling a sheet of plastic wrap tight enough to cover your freshly inked tattoo and secure it with medical tape.

You should then take some kind of nourishing oil like coconut or jojoba oil, pour it onto a cotton ball, and place that over your newly placed plastic wrap. This will trap moisture and help keep your tattoo nicely hydrated throughout the night!


It’s not too difficult to take care of a new tattoo if you follow the aftercare instructions your artist gave you. Just make sure you keep it clean, moisturized, and out of the sun! You should also avoid picking at any scabs or itchiness. If you take care of your tattoo properly, it will heal quickly and be ready for show-off in no time. Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful!

Dawn Hankman

Dawn Hankman

Tattoos are a part of our life and our family - between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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Tattoos are a part of our life and our family – between us we have a couple of dozens of them.
So I decided to share some of what I found out along the way about getting inked.

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