Science backs it up: Sleeping naked is actually good for you.
Not nearly enough people talk about the benefits of sleeping naked, so we’re daring to go there. According to a national survey, only eight percent of people sleep naked. The other side of this story? One in four Americans develops insomnia every year. But scientific research shows us that sleeping naked can actually have some big benefits and even help us get more sleep. Read on to learn more about why it’s time to stop buying pajamas and invest in a good robe instead.
It Improves Intimacy
Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: sleeping naked is great for intimacy. Skin to skin contact with another human being releases the love hormone, also known as oxytocin, which gives us the warm and fuzzies and often leads to more intimacy between you and your partner.
You’ll Sleep Better
Perhaps the most interesting part of sleeping naked is that it actually helps you sleep BETTER. Thermoregulation is how your body regulates its temperature. This process gets complicated when you sleep under a layer of pajamas though, and can’t move to another room or shed a layer when you get uncomfortable (since you’re unconscious).
When you sleep naked, your body can do a better job at regulating your temperature, giving you more uninterrupted REM sleep cycles — the parts of sleep you really need.
I spoke with Dr. Michael J. Breus, known as “The Sleep Doctor,” for his professional medical opinion on sleeping naked. His response backed up all of my research — ditching your pajamas is good for your health:
“Sleeping naked appears to have several benefits to sleep. The biggest by far is that your body can regulate temperature more easily. This is a key component since the sleep cycle follows your core body temperature cycle.”
More sleep means less stress, healthier habits, and a better waking day.
Lose the PJs — it’s totally worth it.
It Can Improve Reproductive Health
Here’s a crazy one for you: sleeping naked can actually improve sperm count in men. When 500 couples were surveyed, the findings showed that men who slept naked AND wore boxers during the day had higher-quality sperm and 25 percent less genetic damage than men who wore briefs every day.
Sleeping naked also has reproductive organ benefits for women. Due to the absence of undies, less moisture gets trapped to create bacterial imbalances. Women who sleep naked are statistically less likely to have yeast infections and pH imbalances.
It Can Improve Your Overall Health
And finally, the most unexpected benefit of all — sleeping naked can actually help you lose weight. Having to regulate your own body temperature means your body is working a little harder to keep you in REM. All of that thermoregulation actually burns calories WHILE YOU SLEEP. In addition to the metabolic effects of sleeping in the buff, removing your clothes improves blood circulation, which is good for your heart and muscles. The better quality of sleep will also increase the release of growth hormone and melatonin, both of which have anti-aging benefits.
We all know emotional health is key to overall health too. And studies show that sleeping naked can boost your body image. It can make you feel more comfortable in your own skin, which in turn will boost your self-esteem and confidence. Just one more great reason to give it a try!
Some Pro Tips for Sleeping In the Nude
Getting naked isn’t as simple as it sounds, and there are definitely some logistics to consider before you take all of your pajamas to the thrift store. Here’s how to make sure sleeping naked isn’t just another failed experiment for you.
#1 – Get Some Good Sheets
When you sleep in pajamas, there’s a layer of fabric between you and your sheets. Being naked, you’re pressed right up against all of that fabric ALL NIGHT, which is fine, as long as your sheets are made with clean materials.
Our skin is extremely permeable and can actually absorb up to 64 percent of what it comes into contact with. If your sheets are coated in flame retardants and formaldehyde, then that’s what’s entering your system while you sleep. YIKES.
Get some good organic sheets so you don’t have to worry about flame retardants and pesticides. Be super conscientious of your wash routine too — your skin may not love fragrance-heavy fabric softeners.
#2 – Wash Your Bedding Frequently
It’s gross but true: we sweat when we sleep. Your sheets are going to be taking on the brunt of your body odor, so make sure you invest in a couple of sets so you can rotate and wash them frequently.
#3 – Keep Your Bedroom Cool
Believe it or not, overheating your bedroom isn’t the best way to prepare for sleeping naked. Keep it on the cool side, between 60 and 67 degrees, and you’ll sleep a lot better.
#4 – Get a Bathrobe
Have kids? Roommates? House guests? Don’t cross your fingers that nobody’s up and run naked to the kitchen for a glass of water (awkward). Invest in a long bathrobe for those inevitable middle-of-the-night adventures so you don’t have to get dressed every time you get up.
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