We get it. Sleeping in the buff is not always convenient. You might have a new-born who you have to get up for every hour. Or small children or fur baby who love to wiggle their way into your bed. But, if you can sleep naked, we encourage you to do so as the benefits are amazing. Here are the top 5 reasons to why you should ditch your pajamas at bedtime.
Your skin can breathe
Sleeping naked allows for better air circulation making it easier for your skin to breathe. Most of the day, your armpits, feet and nether regions are covered, so freeing your body at night gives them a chance to breathe. This free air circulation can reduce your chance of infection and keep your body healthy and balanced.
You will have a sounder sleep
Is there anything better than a good sleep? A study conducted at the University of South Australia about sleeping naked found that if you want a deeper sleep, then put aside your pajamas. Before the body sleeps, it needs to lower its core temperature. Clothing was found to prolong this process, taking longer for you to get off to sleep. If you sleep naked, the body can regulate its temperature quicker and start to sleep sooner.
It is a stress reliever
If you are a ball of stress, sleeping naked can help you unwind and relax. According to researchers at the Swedish University of Animal Sciences, sleeping in the nude can trigger anti-stress effects and is linked to the love hormone, oxytocin. Oxytocin can be released while you sleep, especially if you are sleeping naked with your partner as the skin-to-skin contact releases this hormone into the bloodstream.
It helps regulate cortisol levels
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands. If you have too much of it, it can wreak havoc on the body. If you are overheated when you sleep, your cortisol levels will stay high, even after you have woken up. This can lead to anxiety, weight gain and a range of other health issues. Sleeping naked helps reduce your cortisol levels as it helps keep your body temperature at the right levels.
You can lose weight while you sleepNow, this should be appealing to most! Losing weight while you sleep? Perfect. The National Institute of Health found sleeping naked can help your body burn more calories through increased metabolism. An increased metabolism occurs when the body loses temperature faster. Not only can this help you maintain and lose weight, but it also helps reduce your chances of developing diabetes.
Sleeping naked is good for your body and your mind. Just make sure you do kick Fido out from under the covers before you embark on your nude slumber!