Here are the top reasons why you should sleep in the nude, based on science!
1. Sleeping naked relieves stress
You know that high stress levels may cause weight gain and even disrupt your sleep patterns. But sleeping naked could be the solution to curb stress since the whole cycle is linked to a hormone called oxytocin. Commonly referred to as the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is popularly responsible for various physically as well as psychologically beneficial phenomena.
According to a study conducted in 2009 by Kerstin Moberg, a professor of psychology at the Swedish University of Animal Sciences, Sweden and researcher at PEPTONIC Medical, sleeping naked stimulates anti-stress effects in your body. The oxytocin released relieves stress by decreasing blood pressure levels in the body and suppressing the production of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. However, this would work only if you were sleeping next to your partner because the skin-to-skin contact you have with them instigates your hypothalamus to release this hormone in your bloodstream.
2. Sleeping naked slows the ageing process
One of the most amazing benefits of sleeping naked is that it could actually help slow down the process of ageing because of the ‘sleep hormone’ melanin (short for melatonin). If you sleep with your night clothes on, it hampers with temperature regulation and in turn delays the release of melanin production in your body. But according to data that has emerged from the research, the hormone melanin is actually responsible for much more than just sound sleep.
3. Sleeping naked helps regulate your weight and reduces the risk of diabetes
Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that sleeping naked, among other ways of keeping the body cold at night such as using a thin covering, can help you lose weight by burning more calories through increased metabolism.
As the body loses temperature faster under cold condition, it triggers a feedback mechanism to raise metabolism to maintain a constant body temperature. The NIH experiment was conducted over four months in which several male test subjects ate the same meals and slept under similar conditions in temperature-controlled rooms.
The researchers found that during the ‘cold months’, the subjects gained more ‘brown fat’ (the dark-coloured fat that burns calories rapidly) which expedited their metabolism resulting in weight loss.
4. Sleeping naked keeps your genitals healthier
Wearing pyjamas restricts the flow of air down there. The genital area is naturally warm and moist. This makes it an ideal breeding ground for infection-causing bacteria. Sleeping naked could prove beneficial for your health by permitting free air circulation around your privates, which can ultimately reduce the risk of infections.
Additionally, for men, the location of the testicles outside the body is to keep them naturally cool for healthy sperm production. Hence, wearing pyjamas or underwear could increase the temperature and end up damaging the quality your swimmers.
5. Sleeping naked helps your body breathe
If your body is accustomed to wearing tight and fitting clothing throughout the day, it only makes sense to let your skin breathe at night by giving it a break from any form of clothing. Additionally, in areas where your undergarment comes in contact with your skin, it could lead to the formation of sweat glands, especially at the joints or natural folds of skin. This, in turn, could lead to bad body odour. So, if you sleep naked, you’re giving your body some space to breathe.
6. You’ll enjoy a happier love life
For those who share a bed with a loved one every night, going nude in the land of nod could result in a more content relationship.
According to one survey of 1,000, 57 per cent of nude sleepers reported being happier with their relationship, compared to just 48pc of clothing-clad catnappers.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the key is believed to be in the skin-on-skin contact, which triggers the release of the ‘feel good’ hormone oxytocin. As a result, you feel happier, more connected to your partner, and – yes – more likely to be interested in sex.
7. Sleeping naked builds confidence
Apart from the ton of other health benefits, sleeping naked also boosts confidence to a great extent. According to a study conducted by the University of Melbourne, people who are confident earn higher wages and are generally more successful in their career. Sleeping naked just makes you more comfortable in your own skin and comfort leads to high self-esteem and confidence.
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8. You’ll save money
Sleeping naked is good for your wallet. Sleeping without clothes keeps you cooler, preventing the need to pump the A/C during the summer months. You also won’t have to spend any money on sleepwear.
9. It’s good for your relationship
Sleeping naked may contribute to greater feelings of happiness in relationships. A survey conducted by Cotton USA, which promotes the use of U.S. cotton products around the world, examined the sleep habits of more than 1,000 British adults. Couples that made a habit of sleeping naked were more likely to report being happy in their relationship, compared to couples who slept clothed.
10. More pep in your step
Incidentally, sleeping naked may also keep you more active. If you wear PJs, you may be likelier to lounge around the house. Whereas if you wake up naked, you’ll need to get up and go to get dressed. Yes, especially those fab undies you got in your Gay Pack!