Most of us sleep in some type of clothing, whether it’s regular pajamas, a t-shirt, or even underwear. A minority (about 8 percent, according to a sleep survey) say they sleep completely naked. But sleeping in the nude is actually good for you. Read on to learn five ways how.
It helps you get a better night’s sleep.
Your body naturally decreases its temperature as you sleep. A cooled-down body encourages a more deep and restful sleep. If you’re all bundled up and your body is overheated, you might not be able to release excess heat, which could interfere with a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that body temperature and insomnia are closely related. Try sleeping naked if you find you can’t get a solid night of sleep.
It improves metabolism.
You may be able to reduce excess fat by balancing cortisol — stress hormone — levels. Between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am, cortisol levels drop. If you’re not getting sufficient sleep, you may have excess cortisol in the body when you wake, which could encourage extra belly fat. Sleeping in cooler temperatures or in the nude has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels, which could potentially prevent type 2 diabetes. Sleeping in an environment that is more cool pushes the body to transform regular fat into brown fat, which boosts metabolism and is responsible for improved insulin sensitivity and regulation of temperature. Your health could improve in a matter of weeks, so sleep naked!
It helps you age more slowly.
Your body makes growth hormone and melatonin when you sleep well. These both behave as anti-aging agents in your body. Sleeping without pajamas also encourages healthier skin, since there are no waistbands or seams that encourage wrinkles or dryness.
It can improve your relationship.
Your body produces more oxytocin when you have skin-on-skin contact with your partner. Oxytocin is a hormones that increases feelings of attachment and bonding.
Your vagina will be happier.
You can reduce the growth of unwanted bacteria and yeast by exposing your vagina to unobstructed air flow each night. This is very helpful since vaginas are naturally warm and damp areas.