5 Science-backed reasons why sleeping naked is great for you
Maybe you’ve done it before and now it’s the only way you ever want to sleep again, or maybe you tried it and just didn’t like how it felt, but it turns out that sleeping naked provides some really great benefits. I’ve gone through pretty much every variation of sleepwear throughout my life, and it seems as though as I grow older, I shed more layers come bedtime.
When I was a kid, it was underwear, athletic shorts and a baggy tee. Then it went to no shorts, just underwear and a tee in my teens. And now, I wear just my underwear to sleep. But at this rate, it would stand to reason that, around age 29 or 30, I’ll probably start sleeping in the buff. And I can’t wait because apparently it comes with health benefits:
You sleep much better – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has noted that your body temperature naturally declines as a part of your Circadian Rhythm. Wearing pajamas can disrupt this natural drop in temperature, throwing your body’s sleep cycle out of sync. Disruption in this temperature change is also directly linked to insomnia, meaning that if you can’t cool down, you probably won’t sleep well.
You feel sexier – Sleeping naked is just fun and plain sexy. If you sleep with a partner, there’s nothing much better than waking up in your birthday suit, ready and waiting for morning sex. Waking from your slumber without pajamas immediately puts you in a sexy mood, which is confidence-boosting. More confidence translates into a more beautiful version of yourself.
You’ll reduce your belly size – Slipping into your bed sheets sans clothes has the potential to reduce the fat around your belly and even lower your cholesterol. When your body cools down at night, your growth hormone levels increase, while simultaneously your levels of cortisol decrease, resulting in healthy sleeping patterns.
A perfect night’s sleep is comprised of two cycles: the first is when your body recuperates with lower cortisol levels, and the second has your body working to increase these levels in preparation for the next day so that you might have more energy when you wake up.
You won’t need to shower in the mornings – Having to shower in the mornings means that you have to allocate time to do so, which means that time gets taken away from something else, like sleeping. Staying cool through the night drastically decreases the chances of you looking awful the next morning. Avoid the sweat and grease, ditch your clothes.
It’s just easier – At the end of the day when you’re ready to climb into bed, shedding all of your clothes gives you a sense of relief, as if you were leaving behind the events of that day with each piece of clothing left on the ground and not your body. Don’t take off clothes just to put on more; step into the vulnerability that comes with being bare and don’t waste your time with bad sleep, go naked.