7 Reasons You Should Consider Sleeping Naked
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Last Modified 16 February 2021 First Added 26 September 2017
It might seem strange to those that believe pyjamas are an integral part of sleeping, but sleeping naked is a very popular way for Brit’s to sleep. In fact, a survey found that around 30% of the UK population sleep naked regularly. This goes to show that, for some, it’s the key to a good night’s sleep, which is just one of the reasons why you may want to consider sleeping naked.
There are many things we are willing to try in our pursuit of a good night’s sleep, from cutting out caffeine altogether, to changing our diets. But researchers at the University of Amsterdam have found that the best way to ensure a good quality sleep is lowering your skin temperature. This then means you’re less likely to wake up throughout the night.
It’s very likely that at some point or another you’ve woken up uncomfortably hot and need to kick the quilt off to cool down. If this is the case then an easy way to keep cool is to simply sleep without pyjamas. Another thing that could be making you too hot is heavy quilts, which aren’t conducive to a good night’s sleep.
Yes, you read that right. Sleeping naked will help your body stay cool. As we all know, trying to sleep in a warm room (above 21 degrees Celsius) can be a tough and uncomfortable challenge. That warmth disrupts the release of anti-aging hormones – in particular, melatonin. So take those clothes off and get some real beauty sleep!
The U.S National Institutes of Health found that keeping yourself cool while sleeping encourages your body to create more brown fat. Brown fat helps to keep you warm by burning calories, which helps to boost your metabolism all day long. If you choose to sleep in clothes or sleep under heavy blankets you’re preventing the release of the growth hormone IHG, which helps to repair bones, skin and muscles.
Removing your clothes before you will help to improve your blood circulation, which is good news for your heart and muscles. This is especially the case if you tend to wear underwear and pyjamas with strong elastic in them, as this will cling even tighter once you heat up in the night.
As well as this, the superior quality sleep that you experience will lead to a normalisation of your hormone levels, as well as increasing the release of both the growth hormone and melatonin, which have anti-ageing properties.
We wear clothes all day, every day, and sometimes a lack of body confidence can be attributed to the fact that we only rarely see ourselves naked. Getting used to seeing yourself naked regularly both at night and first thing in the morning will help you to become more aware and accepting of your body. This will hopefully lead to growth in body confidence, making you more happy in yourself overall.
Having skin to skin contact with your partner releases the happiness hormone, oxytocin. Some of the biggest benefits of oxytocin are that it can help to alleviate stress and depression, reduce blood pressure and help with gut inflammation. Of course, all these positive things also help with sleep, meaning you get all these benefits on top of quality rest, as well as the feeling of being closer to your partner.
There’s a reason why cleaning your face before going to sleep is recommended and that’s because pores that can’t breathe will become blocked with dirt, creating spots. However, this is the same for all the skin on your body, which is why sleeping naked can help solve any problem areas you currently have. Your skin will be able to breathe, thus making it less likely that you will suffer from spot ridden skin.
Ditch the pyjamas and you may find that not only does your sleep improve, but so do many other aspects of your life, too. Do you sleep naked? Let us know how you find it in the comments section.