January 4, 2016
The Surprising Benefits of Sleeping Naked
May 10, 2016
Most of us are probably already aware of the importance of high quality sleep. In fact, you may already be taking the steps necessary to ensure some prestige shut-eye including sleeping in a cold room in complete darkness. But have you thought about stripping down to the bones before getting under the covers? Sure, it’s fun if you have someone to sleep with, but there are additional benefits to dozing off in the buff.
1. It can help prevent against infection for women, too
Sleeping in underwear can cause problems for women too, since the warm, moist environment provides ideal conditions for yeast and bacteria to grow. Sleeping naked provides a cooler, more breathable environment that can help prevent yeast infections.
2. It’s better for your skin
In addition to providing a more amicable environment for human genitalia, the rest of your skin (which is the largest organ in the body by the way) is released from the confines of your clothing and allowed to breathe. Doing so helps to prevent against the risk of skin diseases that can form from wet, restricted skin (like athlete’s foot).
3. Helps to regulate cortisol and HGH levels
HGH (human growth hormone) is an important hormone that the body secretes to help repair damaged cells and muscle fibers (thus helping you recover from a workout). Sleeping in a cool environment uninhibited by PJs helps to release HGH and melatonin (a hormone that helps control your wake and sleep cycles). But if your body is too hot when you sleep, that hormone release is impaired. Instead, your cortisol levels spike. Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol have been shown to have negative effects, including blood sugar imbalances, elevated blood pressure, decreased muscle mass and increased abdominal fat. Hence why high quality sleep is so important—so do what you can to raise the quality of yours by sleeping naked.
4. Improved sex life
Sex is important for physical and mental well-being, and sleeping in the nude with your partner could result in a more content relationship. A 2014 survey of 1,000 married Brits found that 57 percent of nude sleepers were more content in their relationships than their pj-wearing counterparts. The skin-on-skin contact helps to release the hormone oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that has an anti-anxiety effect and may increase romantic attachment and empathy. Hence why nude sleepers reported being happier and more likely to be interested in sex.
5. Better quality of sleep
Your body is programmed to lower its temperature as you doze off for higher quality sleeping. But increased heat levels caused by a room that’s too hot or thick and tight clothing keeps the body warm, and natural sleep cycles are disrupted. Instead, you’ll find yourself tossing and turning and unable to get a good amount of sleep. Your body wants to cool down at night, so don’t hamper this natural function by sleeping with clothes on.
Bonus: Guys, sleeping in your birthday suit helps to protect your sperm
While this one may not be specifically for women, you may want to share this bit of insight if you have a special someone in your life. That’s right, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, sleeping in boxers (particularly tight boxers) or PJs may damage sperm production by increasing the temperature of the testicles. The researchers in the study tracked 500 men who gave details of their sleeping habits and sleeping attire (or lack thereof) for one year. Upon review of each male’s sperm quality, they found that men who went commando at bed time had a 25 percent lower rate of damaged DNA in their sperm than those who wore tight underwear throughout the day and to sleep in. Apparently, the tight confines of close-fitting underwear raises the temperature of the testicles, which can cause the quality of a man’s sperm to decrease.