Did you know that sleeping naked can help you get better rest, reduce your stress, and even help you to lose weight?
If you don’t already sleep naked, it may be time to give it a try.
We turn to all sorts of products, block-out curtains, melatonin, special teas, phone sleep apps, in an attempt to get more sleep. But there is actually a simple way to encourage a restful eight hours: Simply sleep in your birthday suit.
Sleeping naked comes with all sorts of unexpected positives. It helps to lower your body’s core temperature and regulate its rhythm, making it easier to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and enjoy all the many rewards.
Surprising things that happen when you start sleeping naked:
1-You will fall asleep faster:
Being naked helps by lowering skin temperature, and that can facilitate sleep. Women going through menopause may find this tip especially helpful, as “hot flashes and night sweats” can keep them up or prematurely wake them up.
2-Your quality of sleep will improve:
Sleeping naked can help you achieve a better quality of sleep and ensure that you stay asleep for longer. Being naked keeps one cooler. Heat exposure increases wakefulness and decreases slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep. Your sleep and awake time is all part of your circadian rhythm, the 24-hour cycle that affects the proper functioning of your body and even small changes in body temperature can send a powerful signal to the clocks in our bodies. Being naked also avoids you waking up from being tangled in your sleepwear.
3-It could help improve your mental health:
Sometimes a good night’s sleep can help alleviate depression and anxiety and lift your mood. So essentially skinny dipping in your sheets could make you a happier, more balanced, and adjusted person.
4-It may reduce your risk of certain serious diseases:
Getting too few hours of sleep at night can increase one’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Lack of sleep is correlated to an increase in blood pressure, a factor that plays a part in the development of heart disease.
The positive effect of sleep is not just on your heart health but also on your stress hormones, your immune system, your breathing, and your mental status.
5-You may lose weight:
People who are sleep deprived have slower metabolism and more difficulty losing weight. They are also less likely to exercise or participate in other healthy habits.
Women who slept just five hours or less each night were more inclined to gain weight or reach obesity versus those who slept at least seven hours each evening.
People who don’t get a lot of sleep tend to have lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, which increases appetite.
Sleeping more may help you control cravings, reduce your appetite, and kickstart your metabolism.
And how can you get more sleep? By going to bed naked!
6-It can reduce your risk for an infection:
It is good to let your body breathe, also those lady parts! As it turns out, sleeping naked is really good for your vaginal health.
7-It can improve male fertility:
Trying to start a family? It all begins with getting naked. As noted by research “elevated scrotal temperatures” can “adversely affect testicular function.” Thus, some types of restrictive underwear (think tighty whities) can limit a man’s sperm count.
8-It can improve a couple’s relationship.
Engaging in skin-to-skin contact with your significant other in bed triggers the release of oxytocin. This happy, amorous hormone affects the way we feel in our relationship and can foster feelings of trust, ease, and stability. Studies have even shown that a surge in oxytocin can make us more empathetic to our partners, and even help us feel more physically and emotionally attracted to them.
9-Your skin may improve:
Beauty sleep is not a myth; regularly getting a good night’s rest will likely result in a more youthful complexion. When you sleep, your body repairs itself and generates new cells. Your skin makes collagen overnight, which in turn gives you more supple skin. Sleep deprivation causes a decrease in blood flow to the skin surrounding your face. Skin becomes dull, and you don’t get those rosy cheeks anymore.
Sleeping for only five hours a night (as opposed to a minimum of seven) can result in double the wrinkles and fine lines.
Sleeping naked may also prevent any skin conditions you may have from getting worse, as clothing can cause friction or irritation as it rubs against the skin while you are sleeping.
10-Your self esteem may improve:
Want to feel comfortable in your own skin and confident about your body? Strip down before you lie down. Research found that more participation in naturist activities predicted greater life satisfaction, a more positive body image, and higher self-esteem.Yes, simply being naked… whether it is while sleeping or otherwise, can promote feelings of overall positivity.
Are there any downsides to sleeping naked?
It’s pretty clear that sleeping naked comes with many benefits, but are there any negative consequences? Not really. As long as you launder your bedding weekly it is all good!