Did you know that one in three adults sleeps in the nude? Truth is, it’s less popular than it should be, because sleeping naked actually has some great health benefits! While we know most people prefer sleeping in comfortable clothing, here are some reasons why you should consider ditching the PJ’s when you sleep.
Why is sleeping naked good for you?
The main benefit of sleeping naked is that it allows your body to perform its natural thermoregulation process. Thermoregulation is when your body regulates its temperature internally and in response to external conditions. And while your body temperature is regulated throughout the day, your temperature drops in the evening to prepare you for sleep.
Keeping your body cool helps you to enjoy sleep uninterrupted. So, when it comes to pajamas, they become an external factor that can affect your thermoregulation and raise your temperature. This may be the reason why you have uncomfortable night sweats that cause you to wake up. Sleeping naked helps your body stay cool and comfortable, improving your sleep quality!
On top of thermoregulation, here are a few other benefits of sleeping naked.
- Fall asleep faster. Lowering your body temperature by as little as one degree Celsius can help you feel drowsy and fall asleep quicker.
- Improve genital health. Airing out your private areas and allowing them to breathe helps to reduce moisture and bacteria.
- More active mornings. Wearing PJ’s makes it easy to lounge around when you wake up. But if you sleep naked, you’ll need to get up and get dressed.
- Happier relationships. Sleeping naked is good for intimacy as well. Skin-to-skin contact releases oxytocin which has been shown to lower blood pressure and anxiety.
Save some money. A smaller benefit, but sleeping naked means you can turn down or turn off the air-conditioning at night. You can save money on PJ’s too!
What should you wear if you don’t want to sleep naked?
We know sleeping naked isn’t for everyone, but it is important that you’re comfortable enough in clothing to get a good night’s sleep. You want to wear clothing that won’t build up heat and moisture, so choose pajamas with fabrics that are breathable, lightweight, and natural. You could go with moisture-wicking options like silk, flannel, and bamboo. On the other hand, avoid wool, fleece, and cotton; these fabrics limit circulation and can lead to night sweats. Lastly, make sure your clothing is loose and thin, but not baggy enough to bunch up during the night.