Last Updated: June 04, 2018.
There is a lot of marketing being done on how you should look when you go to sleep: nighties, pajamas, sets, robes, and bras. This nighttime sleepwear may be great for bed, but what if you went commando and sleep without clothes?
In this article, we look at why sleeping naked can be great for your sleep, the benefits that come from improved cooler sleep, and the clothes you can wear if sleeping naked isn’t for you.
Why Is Sleeping Naked Better For You And Your Health?
The lowering of your skin temperature improves the depth of your sleep and lowers the number of times you wake up throughout the night. Your body regulates temperature internally. In order for you to fall into a deep slumber, one of the pre-requisites is to lower your body temperature into a cooled state.
Throughout the day, your body maintains a consistent body temperature around 98.6 degrees. During the evening, however, when your body begins to release melatonin to prepare you for sleep, your body temperature will also drop. Keeping your body cool at night is the key to a good night of uninterrupted, quality sleep.
When we include clothing into the equation, it can affect your body temperature by containing heat. If you find yourself sweating uncomfortably at night or having trouble sleeping because it’s getting hot, then maybe it’s time to go commando!
Why Else You Should Sleep Naked
There are several great reasons to fall asleep naked aside from sleeping better.
Airing out our private parts
If you have had the uncomfortable experience of itchiness or odor, you know all too well how important it is to stay clean and dry. Leaving your genitals open for breathing helps stave off naughty bacteria that can thrive and cause conditions such as vaginal infection for women and jock strap itch for men.
Side note: If you have concerns about personal bed hygiene, consider using a top sheet underneath your blanket or comforter. That way, you can change out the top sheets and clean them frequently as opposed to your entire blanket or comforter.
Happy skin-to-skin contact with your partner
For couples, skin-to-skin contact is amazing for intimacy. It makes couples literally closer, and promote the release of the “bonding hormone” known as oxytocin. This hormone does a lot of good for your health as well, lowering blood pressure, anxiety and stress while boosting your immune system.
Sex can also be a lot easier and better. As we have covered in our article on why sex makes for better sleep, the skin-to-skin increases our sexual arousal and responsiveness. Orgasms become much more pleasurable and climactic. It’s also much easier to get naughty when clothes are off!
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Getting better beauty sleep
While you sleep, a group of hormones known as Human Growth Hormones (HGH) is released during the night. These hormones are responsible for a variety of health processes that make repairs and improvements to your body as you rest. They do things such as get rid of waste, help bones grow, repair tissue, skin, and hair, burn fat as you sleep, and slow down the aging process. HGH is released during deep stages of sleep and waking up.
Sleeping cooler helps our anti-aging growth hormones function better and help the body regenerate properly. When you find yourself sleeping too hot, the abrupt waking up will disrupt the release of the hormones. Doing what we can to sleep cool and well, such as letting our body naturally cool down without clothes, can lead to nice natural beauty sleep perks.
As an additional perk, you can get a nice psychological boost in feeling more comfortable about your body and in your own skin by sleeping and waking up naked.
Less appetite and overindulgence
Cortisol is the hormone that affects the degree of stress you feel. Every morning, cortisol helps us start our day. However, too high of cortisol levels, and we might find ourselves with increased appetite, overeat, and indulge in sugary or fatty foods (think: comfort food). This also means we won’t have bloated bellies or gain more weight. If we find ourselves abruptly woken up, we may find ourselves eating more the next day or even during the night.
Cortisol and melatonin have an inverse relationship. As we sleep better (like how we can be when we are naked underneath our sheets), we find ourselves with more melatonin throughout the night and less cortisol when we finally awaken from a uninterrupted sleep.
Much better focus
As we find with quality deep sleep, our focus becomes much better and easier to control when our sleep is uninterrupted. Our thinking, mood, and memory during the times we are awake are closely tied to the amount and quality of deep REM sleep stage we get throughout the night. During these restorative stages, our brain recover so we can better prepare ourselves for the events of our next day. With less clothing, the cooler your skin temperature will be, the faster, better, and deeper you can fall asleep.
What If I Don’t Want To Sleep Naked?
As good as sleeping naked can be, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. Instead, you can pick fabrics that are breathable, lightweight, and natural.
Fabrics such as silk, flannel, and bamboo can help wick away moisture and heat with it so you can still sleep cool. Wool and cotton can also work as breathable materials, although they provide much better insulation which can lead to hot sleep.
Any natural fabric will do well to help you remain cool and not get too hot at night. Do avoid synthetic materials such as polyester and rayon. Polyester is a common fabric type to watch out for and rayon, although it is made with cellulose, is extensively processed to become the material.
Our Final Thoughts
Sleeping naked can improve the quality of your sleep through a natural sleep process called thermo-regulation. Our body wants to cool itself down, and sleeping with clothes can keep it warm enough to prevent us from getting the best rest we can get. Combined with a comfortable mattress, we can make the most out of our sleep to prepare for the time we spend awake.
So the next time you hop out of bed, consider getting undressed. It might change the way you sleep for the better!