Sleeping = something we all do at least once a day.
Being naked = also a state we are all in at least once every day.
But the question is: are there any benefits to doing these two glorious things at the same time? Should we sleep naked, and if so, why? What are the benefits? Let’s investigate.
We all know quality sleep is essential for good health - getting enough sleep at the right times can help protect your mental and physical health, your quality of life, and safety.
Many remedies are touted for people who consistently struggle to get a good night’s sleep. From counting sheep, to doing more exercise in the day, to getting up and doing chores during a bout of insomnia, there are many different methods people employ to improve a bad night’s sleep.
We’d recommend one more: try stripping down before you go to bed.
Is Sleeping Naked Good For You?
Taking off your clothes before bed lowers your skin temperature which in turn helps you fall asleep more quickly, increasing the depth and quality of your sleep. This will reduce the number of times you wake in the night, leaving you feeling more refreshed and energised the next day.
A huge advantage of improved sleep is the many health benefits it can bring: for example, regulation of normal cortisol levels. Cortisol is the body’s stress hormone and plays a part in regulating blood pressure, managing energy usage and your sleep/wake cycle. Keeping its levels regulated can help reduce stress. This is coupled with a boost to your immune system to keep you feeling well day-to-day. Longer term, this can help you reduce the risk of obesity, depression, and heart disease.
Not only this, but good quality sleep at lower temperatures also promotes the release of human growth hormone and melatonin during the sleep cycle. These two chemicals both contribute to healthy and youthful skin.
So in summary, sleeping naked can help improve the quality of your sleep, which in turn brings a whole host of additional benefits that can positively impact your overall well-being.
Does Sleeping Naked Help You Lose Weight?
If you sleep in a suit of armour, certainly.
Even throwing off your fluffy jim-jams will probably lose you a pound or so. But, seriously, one study did find a link between poor sleep patterns and weight gain. Those who slept fewer than 5 hours each night were more prone to weight gain. This may be compounded by erratic cortisol levels mentioned earlier, as it helps regulate your body’s energy usage.
So sleeping naked and getting a better quality of sleep can help prevent weight gain, but the question was - does sleeping naked help you lose weight? The good news is that, yes it can. As mentioned, sleeping naked is great for lowering the body’s skin and core temperature. Keeping your body colder can help boost your calorie-burning activity during sleep.
Should Men Sleep Naked?
Yes, men should sleep naked.
Apart from the reasons already listed, there is a male-specific advantage: tight underwear has been shown to reduce sperm count and impact fertility.
There’s a reason the testicles are outside the body - it’s because they need to be cooler for optimal sperm production, so losing the tighty-whities in bed can help keep the little guys cool and happy, and make sure there’s no impact on your fertility.
What About Women? Should Women Sleep Naked?
There is an equally compelling reason women should also feel the cool breeze against their skin at night. Naked sleeping is a wonderfully natural way to increase vaginal health: tight-fitting undies and the heat and moisture they help create can increase the risk of yeast infections. Sleeping naked is an easy way to increase airflow and promote vaginal health.
Can Sleeping Naked Improve Your Relationship?
We’re not going to claim that sleeping nude can solve relationship issues, but we will say that to add to the benefits individuals receive from sleeping naked, when a couple sleep naked together there’s a whole next level of positives. (You might say that keeping it cool heats things up.)
It has been proven that skin-to-skin contact promotes the release of oxytocin, the so-called ‘cuddle chemical’ - this acts as a chemical messenger and has an important role in many human behaviors including sexual arousal, recognition, trust, and romantic attachment.
Sleep Naked To Feel Better About Yourself
A study looked into the benefits of naked activities on ‘body image, self-esteem, and life satisfaction’ and found that nakedness has many positive psychological effects, from boosting self-esteem to feeling more comfortable in your own skin. Who wouldn’t want more of that?
How To Sleep Naked
This really is as easy as it sounds. We don’t have a ‘how to sleep naked’ manual or anything. Just try losing your sleepwear for a week, and we’re certain that you’ll never go back. Apart from all the health and wellbeing benefits we’ve talked about, it just feels good!
Speaking of feeling good, did we mention that we make sustainable and comfortable bedding, perfect for enjoying in the nude? Lyocell fabric is made out of high-quality Eucalyptus wood pulp - not just sustainable and renewable, but also soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking. The more of your skin that’s in contact with it, the more you’ll get to enjoy your quality bedding.
A Good Night’s Sleep...Naked
To summarize, there are many benefits to be gained from sleeping naked.
From improved quality of sleep and the associated health benefits, to a better sense of wellbeing and enhanced personal relationships, what have you got to lose (apart from your pajamas)?
Give it a try and enjoy the freedom and health that naked sleeping will bring to your life!