In life, we have to wear clothes pretty much everywhere, so why wear them in the comfort of our homes while we sleep? It might seem weird at first to go to bed wearing nothing at all, but sleeping without the confines of clothing actually comes with major health benefits. According to a sleep survey, only 8 percent of Americans go to sleep baring it all, but more people might jump on the bandwagon after hearing about the amazing advantages of sleeping naked.
Here are 5 health benefits of choosing to sleep naked:
You’ll have a better night’s sleep.
While pajamas might seem comfy and cozy, they can pose as a real hindrance while you sleep. First of all, PJ’s plus a comforter and blankets can increase your body temperature, making it difficult to fall and stay asleep. The body requires a cool environment in order to fall into a deep sleep, but with all that clothing on, your body might not even recognize that it’s time to go to sleep.
The skin will naturally cool off along with the rest of the body when you hit the sack for the night, but wearing pajamas just hinders the body from doing what it needs to in order to help you drift off into sleep.
You give your body a chance to breathe.
Since we wear clothes all the time in our modern society, we never really give our bodies a chance to “air out,” so to speak. Especially for women, wearing underwear while you sleep traps bacteria and yeast, which can lead to an overgrowth eventually. When people sleep naked, they actually lower the risk of yeast infections, and simply allow the body to air itself out.
Plus, it just feels good to allow the cool air to touch your skin without anything getting in the way.
Sleeping naked next to your partner will decrease stress levels.
Everyone knows cuddling and getting physically close to someone increases your health in many ways, but sleeping naked can take things to a whole new level. Feeling that skin-to-skin contact with your partner will help you de-stress even more, lowering your blood pressure and making you more relaxed. Not to mention, sleeping naked next to someone will make you happier, and therefore, healthier.
You will feel a lot closer to your partner.
Not surprisingly, a 2014 survey of 1,000 married British people revealed that people who slept naked were more happy in their relationships. More precisely, 57% of people who sleep naked reported feeling satisfied in their relationships, but only 48% of people who sleep in pajamas reported the same feelings. For those who sleep in onesies, only 15% reported feeling content in their relationship. Judging by these results, I think it’s safe to say that sleeping naked will help you bond with your partner and feel closer to him or her.
Choosing to sleep naked helps with weight loss.
After a poor night’s sleep, your stress levels rise significantly, making you more inclined to binge on comforting, unhealthy foods. During sleep, your growth hormones increase while the stress hormone cortisol decreases. This natural process allows your body to remain balanced and keep stress at bay, but having a bad night’s sleep simply throws off the body’s chemical makeup. Sleeping naked allows your body to breathe better, which will therefore help you sleep much more deeply.
In the morning, the stress hormone cortisol increases once again in order to give us energy to start our day. However, if we don’t give our bodies a chance to lower stress hormones, we will inevitably reach out for something to get us through the day and feel better, which usually means junk food.
So, sleeping naked offers so many important health benefits, and it’s hard to argue with something that can make you feel better and healthier overall.