Bras have existed since ancient Greece. Today almost every woman wears one and they are believed to provide various benefits to the wearer. So, it might come as a surprise to know that ditching them is more beneficial than previously thought.

At Bright Side, we always care about your overall well-being, so we came up with a definitive list of the benefits of ditching your bra.

Your blood circulation will improve.

We want our clothes to be comfortable, but our bras to be tightly fitted. And if you think about this, bras are just tight pieces of clothing that squeeze our breast tissue. All that tightness and squeezing can compress the blood vessels and impede blood circulation, just like any other piece of tight clothing.

Going braless will obviously cause the blood to flow freely, giving you healthier looking breasts and improving the overall blood flow in the body.

You will get better sleep.

It’s a common practice to wear a bra at night while sleeping. But this habit is unhealthy. It wreaks havoc by impacting your circadian rhythms, as shown in a study. So ditch your bra while going to bed and you are sure to have a more sound sleep experience.

You might gain a cup size.

We often use push-up bras when we’re trying to look buxom. But the easiest way to get fuller breasts and visible cleavage is by ditching our bras completely. This is because when the breasts hang naturally, it forces the pectoral muscles to work against gravity. So, although the breasts won’t actually grow, the firmed-up muscles will make your chest appear fuller.

Your breasts will get stronger and perkier.

Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon of Besançon University spent 15 years studying women’s anatomy. According to his findings, after a year of not wearing a bra the bosoms of bra wearers sag an average of 7mm more than those who don’t wear a bra. Similar results were also found in Japanese studies.

Your overall breast health will improve.

Ditching the bra can also help improve the health of your skin and muscles as blood flow improves, muscle tone tightens, and sweat and dirt no longer stay trapped near the skin under the bra materials that don’t breathe. Wearing bra regularly can also lead to the discoloration of your skin or result in an uneven skin tone. The appearance of dark-colored spots on your skin are also possible.

Would you be able to get rid of your bra? Let us know in the comments below. If you know of some benefits of wearing a bra, you can share them there as well.

Illustrated by Yekaterina Ragozina for Bright Side