Are you looking forward to bedtime and putting on your pajamas? Well, maybe it’s time to think about changing your sleeping habits. Researchers have been looking into the issue and several studies highlight the benefits of sleeping naked like Adam and Eve.
Not so many people claim to sleep naked. However, going to sleep without pajamas or a nightgown is good for the body as well as the spirit. With the heat wave in full swing, this is the time to try it. Below are seven good reasons to why you should give sleeping naked a try.
7. For improved blood circulation
Elastic bands in your underwear or pajamas constrict your blood vessels and therefore tend to cut off your blood circulation. In order to avoid this, you now know what you have to do: sleep naked. When it comes to intimate hygiene, sleeping naked is also beneficial, as clothing often causes excessive heat and moisture in the intimate area, making it a favourite breeding ground for bacteria. Sleeping naked will therefore lower the risk of fungal infections in women. As for men, not overheating the testicles during sleep will result in better sperm quality.
Many people have a body complex, and for once, sleeping naked can help them accept it better. With this simple routine, you can become comfortable with the way your body looks, and even learn to like it. Nudity and skin-to-skin contact will enable the brain to release oxytocin, the love and attachment hormone.
That is why newborns are laid against the skin of their mother and father, so that this famous hormone is produced. Furthermore, a study conducted in Great Britain demonstrated that people who sleep naked are happier thanks to the oxytocin released, and a reduction in stress and anxiety was observed.
This also benefits men by maintaining their testicles at an adequate temperature. As a result, fertility is improved. Nudity will also increase sexual desire and bring couples closer together physically, as well as emotionally. In fact, people who sleep naked together are closer, make love more often and will be more intimate as a couple.
If you tend to sleep in and laze around in your pajamas, sleeping naked can also help you be more productive: when you get up, you have no other choice than to get dressed. Plus, getting shivered in the morning will help you wake up more quickly and efficiently. A final tip for parents or flatmates: remember to keep a dressing gown handy if you have to get up suddenly…
In these hot summer months, when the heat makes it difficult to sleep, sleeping naked will help you lower your body temperature. After a shower, you’ll feel even better… Certain types of insomnia are related to poor body temperature regulation. Not only does this affect your sleep cycles, but it also prevents you from entering the deep sleep phase.
Sleeping naked helps to control this body temperature and thus dramatically improves the quality of sleep. It will also make it easier to fall asleep. Last but not least, the fact that you are naked will cause your body to make an effort to regulate its temperature, thus even burning a few calories in the process!
Restful sleep also results in healthier skin. If you sleep naked (in a room where the temperature not above 21°C), your body will naturally release more melatonin. This natural hormone that governs sleep cycles is also a powerful antioxidant. The fact that you are not wrapped up in clothes will enable your body to take a breath and thus produce less sebum, which is your skin’s natural oil.
There will also be a greater tendency to sweat less. A secretion of sebum coupled with intense sweating and friction of clothing is sometimes the cause of skin problems such as acne. Therefore, leaving the body free is more hygienic. This will also allow toxins to be released more easily.
It might seem like something obvious, but when you banish pajamas and underwear for good, you’ll feel an unparalleled sense of freedom and lightness. When sleeping in pajamas, underwear or a heavy duvet or blanket, you severely limit your somatotropin (the growth hormone produced by the pituitary gland) production.
This makes it difficult for you to burn fat while you sleep, and hampers your muscle recovery. Sleeping naked helps to free up your movements and to control your levels of cortisol (known as the stress hormone), thus helping you to reduce your blood pressure, boost your appetite and improve your libido.