Did you know that you can sleep better, make more money, reduce stress, and lose weight? Sleeping naked can do all these things and more. All you have to do is take off your clothes.
Since sleeping naked is pretty easy to try yourself, it might be time to strip down and get your snooze on. For your health, that is.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SLEEPING NAKED
Whether you already prefer sleeping in your birthday suit or are still hesitant, these benefits of sleeping naked may convince you to adopt a new bedtime habit from now on.
1. Fall asleep faster
Your body temperature is one key to how you fall asleep. It’s actually part of your circadian rhythm, the biological rhythm that acts as your body’s “clock” for sleep.
Cooling down tells your body that it’s time to sleep, so sleeping naked – and allowing your body temperature to go down — can actually help you fall asleep faster.
2. Better quality sleep
Not only does cooling your body help you fall asleep faster, it also improves your overall sleep quality.
Good quality sleep requires staying fresh and comfortable, and sleeping naked helps check off both of those boxes. Being naked keeps one cooler and avoids skin rubbing and the bunching up of sleeping garments.
3. Decrease stress and anxiety
As a result of the better quality sleep you receive by going commando, studies have shown a decrease in stress and anxiety. Sleep and stress have a very dependent relationship with each other which means the less sleep you receive at night, the more stressed and anxious you’re likely to become.
Since sleeping naked can encourage a healthier sleeping schedule, it can also lead to a decrease in overall stress and anxiety as well. To boost your mental health even more, pair a healthy sleeping schedule with daily exercise.
4. Improves male fertility
Testosterone hormone is secreted at night and rises in certain stages of sleep. If a man feels too hot and his sleep is disturbed as a result, his testosterone production may be reduced. Sleeping naked helps to promote a healthier sleep pattern, so normal testosterone production occurs.
5. Improve relationship with your partner
Doing away with clothes at night can also help nurture your relationship with your partner. Skin-to-skin builds intimacy, and that improves relationships. If physical touch is your love language, a loving hand touching naked skin in bed can bring a sense of reassurance, warmth, and caring into the relationship.
6. Support female reproductive health
Sleeping sans underwear is said to have a positive impact on vaginal health. Wearing underwear that’s too tight can increase a woman’s risk of developing a yeast infection so many gynecologists will recommend going commando as a preventative measure. If you’re not the most comfortable going without undergarments to bed, loose-fitting cotton underwear is another great option.
7. Keeps skin healthy
Getting your beauty sleep is more than skin deep. Aside from reducing signs of aging in the skin, the deeper sleep achieved while sleeping naked also helps your skin heal wounds faster.
Overheating at night can worsen many skin conditions, such as eczema, so sleeping naked can help prevent this.
Candida yeast cells change from the superficial ‘harmless’ cell form, to invading threat form, when conditions are warm and moist. Sleeping naked and airing areas susceptible to thrush can lead to fewer recurrent Candida infections.
8. Boosts your self-esteem
Sleeping in your birthday suit can also be a significant self-esteem and confidence booster. It makes you more comfortable in your skin. Loving on yourself also improves overall body image. Think of sleeping naked as a celebration of your body. You deserve it.
9. Prevent weight gain
If you’re having problems falling asleep, it could be wreaking havoc on your life in many ways. One study followed over 21,000 people for three years and found a possible link between inadequate sleep and weight gain. Individuals who reportedly slept equal to or less than 5 hours per night were more likely to gain weight.
Another way sleeping naked could help keep you trim? Keeping your body colder at night may help boost your calorie-burning abilities.
10. Lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes
If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, you could be at risk for diabetes or heart disease. One study looked at data from 1,455 people over six years and found an association between lower sleep duration and increased risk of diabetes, which in turn can raise your risk for heart disease.
By sleeping naked, you may increase your ability to fall asleep faster and stay asleep, which could make all the difference when it comes to your health.
TIPS FOR SLEEPING NAKED
Invest in good sheets
Creating a pleasant sleeping experience comprises more than just stripping off your clothes. You have to set the ideal vibe, too. Invest in some good sheets. After all, you’re going to be rubbing all up on them with your bare skin, so you want your sheets to feel downright luxurious. It is recommended to use sheets made out of natural fibers and silk. Also, it goes without saying, but be sure to wash your bedding frequently.
Keep the room cool
Temperature is key when it comes to quality sleep. However, removing your clothes can only cool you down so much. Your bedroom’s temperature is the single most important factor in a good night’s rest. Keeping your bedroom cool allows you to enter the dream stage of sleep, which helps you feel refreshed in the morning. This improves cognition and improves your overall mood.
Get your hours in
You can practice all the healthy sleep hygiene habits – buy the fancy sheets, cool down the room, and sleep in the nude – but all that won’t cut it if you’re not actually logging in enough hours of sleep. You should get at least seven to eight hours of sleep. People who get five hours or less of sleep per night are at increased risk for obesity, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
Even if you aren’t comfortable sleeping completely naked, reducing the number of layers you wear at night – or even just ditching your bra or underwear – is an easy way to take advantage of these benefits.
When it comes to sleep, the important thing is that you’re taking steps to ensure you’re getting enough good sleep.