Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night. Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in America today. Our culture has a weird complex about nudity. We happily shove sexual imagery in each other’s faces all day long, yet when it comes to flesh and blood only about 10% of us sleep in the buff. Just the thought and we become total prudes. Did you know that you can get lots benefits by sleeping naked?
Here are a just a dozen benefits of sleeping in the nude:
1) It’s Easier. There’s however many less clothes you need to wash each week because you just aren’t using them. You have fewer clothes to wash and fewer clothes to put away. You don’t have to buy so many pajamas. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.
2) Keeps You Available. When you wear pajamas, pajama time can creep up earlier and earlier. Some people get into the terrible habit of changing into them as soon as they get home from work! And then you are a person who wears pajama pants and won’t leave the house because you’ve already taken off your work clothes. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain. When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing. Sleeping in the nude means you can’t get ready for bed until you’re actually going to bed — and forces you to keep your nice clothes on until then.
3) It’s More Comfortable. If you are not a naked sleeper, the idea of lying naked in the bed may sound not too comforting, but when you actually get used to it, it is. It frees you from that tight underwear and bra as well. It’s just you pressed between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and makes you feel freer. Who can’t use that kind of good feeling every now and then; how about every night? It will even help you be happier as a person.
4) You Will Get Better Sleep. Most of the people who wear clothes and sleep must have faced a situation in the bed when their clothes get stuck with something, or their t-shirts gets twisted and presses the belly so hard and you wake up with a bad dream. One report even states, “Your body temperature progressively declines as you sleep, which is a natural tendency of the body. So sleeping with heavy pajamas and blankets can disrupt that.” In other words, sleeping in pajamas or using a lot of blankets can actually make you too warm at night, which makes you toss and turn and prevents you from getting enough R.E.M. sleep. Thus, when you are sleeping naked, you are free from such distractions resulting in deeper and better sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.
5) Increased Self-esteem. Spending time naked helps you feel comfortable with your body. When you are comfortable with your body, you act more confidently which makes you happy and is viewed as attractive by others.
6) Better Relationship With Your Partner. There is NO replacement for skin on skin contact. If you’re married, or living with your partner, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. All of these releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feeling about your partner. Clothes get in the way of skin on skin contact, which is unfortunate, and prevents you from reaping the benefits of Oxytocin including elevated happiness, lower stress, reduced blood pressure, and less inflammation
7) More Sex. There’s nothing between you and your partner and studies have shown, that idea alone, leads to more sex. Skin-on-skin contact increases certain hormones like oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as the “hug drug.”
8) Healthier For Your Privates. For the guys, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For the ladies, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm moist conditions. When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.
9) Better skin. It’s the only time your skin gets to breathe. It has been reported that people with body acne say that sleeping naked has helped a lot. More importantly, your private parts will also get aired and obviously, that is a great thing. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.
10) Slows Aging. This one might be out there, but by wearing clothes at night you keep your body temp warmer, which effects your bodies balance of melatonin and keeps growth hormone from being released to repair your skin. Sleeping naked can keep your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) helping your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help prevent aging and are essential to good health. It’s a good thing when your temperature drops because more hormones get released that help regenerate skin cells and keep your hair looking healthy. Being cold at night encourages these releases, leading to fewer wrinkles. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.
11) Regulate Cortisol And Lose Weight. Cortisol is a stress hormone and at the wrong times, it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better regulate cortisol production. If you sleep overheated, tossing and turning all night, your cortisol levels tend to stay high even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things. Thus, sleeping naked can properly produce and regulate cortisol and help you lose weight by reducing those morning cravings for a giant breakfast.
12) Summer Sleeping. Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom stifling. Shedding those pj’s can help your bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C down on those cooler nights. You be as likely to wake up drenched in sweat because your thermostat is downstairs and the thermostat can’t read the temperature in your bedroom.
Try sleeping naked before you decide it is not for you. You may be surprised at how natural and comfortable it feels.
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Frank Hopkins is a certified Professional Coach (CPC) and certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). He is a certified Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) of the iPEC proprietary assessment tool, the Energy Leadership Index and offers seminars on Energy Leadership. He maintains memberships in the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Institute of Coaching (ICPA).