When most people think about the idea of sleeping naked, they immediately screw up their noses and think it’s somehow gross.
Here are some surprising reasons to sleep naked that aren’t gross.
Save Time and Money
Have you ever stopped to think about how much money you spend on buying the right pajamas to suit each different season? Then there’s the time and money spent on washing and putting away your bed clothes.
Sure you still have to wash your sheets, but you were going to wash those anyway, whether you’re wearing pajamas or not. Get rid of the PJs and you’ll be saving time and money.
Reduce Skin Conditions
When you sleep naked your body has a chance to breathe. Chances are your private parts, your feet, and your armpits are covered by multiple layers of clothing all day.
Sleeping in the buff lets your skin breathe and improves air circulation to those parts of the body that are usually restricted. You’ll reduce your risk of developing some types of skin conditions, including athlete’s foot.
Better Quality of Sleep
When you sleep naked your body has the opportunity to naturally regulate its temperature. By comparison, when you cover up with layers of clothing and blankets, your body can overheat.
Research conducted by the University of South Australia’s Center for Sleep Research indicates that people who struggle to fall asleep tend to have higher core body temperature than those who don’t.
What’s more, when your body overheats throughout the night it can be more difficult to stay asleep. The result is a restless sleep that leaves you feeling tired and lethargic the following morning.
So ditch the pajamas and give your body a chance to set its preferred body temperature. You’ll sleep better overall.
Reduce Symptoms of Stress
Your body is designed to reset and recharge while you sleep. Throughout the night your brain reduces the cortisol levels in your system and then increases them again just before you wake up.
Cortisol is your body’s natural stress hormone. High cortisol levels are linked to symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, along with a range of health issues, including high blood pressure, weight gain, hormonal imbalances, and weakened immune system.
If your sleep is interrupted by overheating caused by too many layers of clothing or restlessness due to getting tangled up in your pajamas, your body doesn’t have sufficient time to reduce your cortisol levels properly before you wake up.
Lose the PJs and could reduce your stress levels at the same time.
Speed Up Metabolism
Sleeping in the buff could be the key to boosting your metabolism. Studies published in the journal Diabetes indicate that people who sleep in a cool room produce more ‘brown fat’.
Brown fat is a healthy type of fat produced in the neck that burns calories. The study found that people sleeping in chilly rooms that were at or below 70 degrees (F) naturally generated internal body heat in an effort to regulate their body temperatures.
When your body generates internal body heat, you’re naturally burning calories while you sleep.
Allowing your body to regulate to its preferred temperature throughout the night can help to regulate the melatonin levels within your system. According to the National Sleep Foundation melatonin is the natural hormone associated with falling asleep. It’s also commonly called a natural anti-aging hormone.
If your body is too warm at night, you’ll disrupt the body’s release of melatonin. Those cute flannel PJs with owl cartoons on them could be making you age faster! Get rid of them and boost melatonin production.
Feel Good Naturally
Your body releases a range of different hormone into your system when you sleep, including melatonin, human growth hormone (HGH), and oxytocin.
Oxytocin is a natural ‘feel-good’ hormone that is often called the love hormone. It helps to reduce symptoms of stress, lower cortisol levels, reduce blood pressure, and boost your immune system. It also helps to elevate your mood, so you wake up feeling good.
Improved Love Life
Besides, if you’re both sleeping in your birthday suits, it’s much easier to become intimate in the middle of the night without the hassle of fumbling around trying to climb out of your PJs.
Even if you’re just cuddling in the minutes before you fall asleep, the increased skin-to-skin contact also helps boost oxytocin levels, which can make you feel closer and more intimate overall.
Claire Archer leads a green lifestyle in which she has banished sugar, toxic chemicals and as much plastic as she can from her home lifestyle. She writes about these topics in her articles, offering up tips, suggestions on making small changes, and her reasons for changing her lifestyle.