Sleep in the buff for better health
Love to sleep naked? According to researchers, there’s strong evidence that suggests sleeping in the buff is not only good for your sleep health, but for your overall long-term health too. Here are five reasons why:
1. Sleeping naked can help regulate body temperature
Getting a good night’s sleep is easier if you can regulate your body temperature. It helps both with both falling and staying asleep.
According to sleep specialists, your body temperature naturally drops the more tired you get –signalling to your body’s organs that it’s time to quieten down for the night. During sleep, a slightly cooler room temperature (or a mattress designed to help cool you during sleep) will keep you snoozing without disruption. Sleeping without pyjamas naturally regulates temperature by allowing perspiration (your internal air conditioning unit) to evaporate more quickly. If that perspiration is trapped in pyjamas, you’ll overheat and wake up.
Of course, in the middle of winter, you don’t want to wake up cold (or have to trek to the loo in the cold), so if you do opt for pyjamas, choose natural, breathable fabrics, like cotton.
2. Sleeping naked can improve your skin and hair health
Being hot and sweaty doesn’t just wake you up at night, it also disrupts the production and release of the growth hormone, melatonin, which is responsible for keeping your skin and hair healthy as you age. Melatonin works best at night, while you sleep. That’s why it’s called beauty sleep!
3. Sleeping naked can make you happier
Everyone knows that prolonged stress is bad news. It suppresses your immune system and increases the risk of heart disease, depression, and obesity. If you share a bed a partner, the good news is that sleeping naked allows for more skin-to-skin contact, which releases feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin, which helps reduce stress. Oxytocin is often called the cuddle (or feel-good) hormone. Plus… that cuddling might lead to more romance, so your love life could see a boost too.
4. Sleeping naked can help keep your reproductive organs healthy
Human bodies – male and female – suffer when temperatures get too hot for too long. For men, a cooler sleep environment keeps testes (and therefore sperm) cooler and healthier, which is very important for men thinking about fathering children. For women, sleeping naked can help to reduce the risk of yeast infections by allowing heat and moisture to escape during the night.
Sleeping naked is also good for other parts of your body that never seem to get enough air – armpits, and feet, for example.
5. No more twisted PJs
Although you might be more comfortable in your pyjamas at first, once you begin to sleep naked, you’ll find it’s easier to change positions (no shirt tugging at your neck, nightie bunching up around your waist or getting your pants twisted). You may find you wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed.
And now that you know the scientific reasons for sleeping in the nude, there’s no reason not to start tonight, right?
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