When sleeping, we all have our preferences and acquired habits, so we cannot say that there is a better way than another to get a restful sleep, but rather it will depend on each one. And it is that what is valid for some people, may be unfeasible for others.
But if you have ever wondered if it is better to sleep with clothes or naked, the answer to this question is given by recent studies endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation of the United States that affirm that sleeping naked, in addition to improving our quality of Sleep favors our body.
But this is not all, since it has many more benefits, would you like to discover them?
Benefits of sleeping naked
Although deciding to sleep naked sometimes depends on the weather, cultural aspects and personal preferences, it seems to be key to achieving better rest and improving our physical and emotional health.
Surely the cold will be the main impediment to getting rid of pajamas, but if you keep the room at the ideal room temperature (between 18ºC and 21ºC), the habit of sleeping totally naked can become a good option that will bring you the following benefits:
1. Promotes skin health
Synthetic fibers, seams or elastic pajamas can cause chafing and irritation on our skin. In addition, we have been dressed all day and the skin needs to breathe a little.
Sleeping without clothes not only allows us to have more freedom, it also helps our skin breathe more easily, which reduces the risk of skin problems.
2. Improve blood circulation
When we sleep with clothes, we are involuntarily oppressing our circulatory system, which can affect us at a cardiovascular level. Sleeping naked promotes proper blood flow.
3. Increases self-esteem
For people with low self-esteem due to their physical appearance, sleeping naked every night helps them change their perception of themselves. And it is that this simple gesture allows us to see ourselves as we are and promotes the acceptance of our own body. As a consequence, our confidence and self-esteem improves.
4. Helps burn more calories
There are scientific studies that suggest that keeping the body in a cool state while sleeping can help increase the energy consumption of our body.
The reason is that, when we sleep naked, the so-called brown fats are activated, related to energy consumption and that are responsible for helping to regulate body temperature when our body is in cold conditions.
5. Improves genital health
Contact of the genital area with underwear can give rise to different types of infections:
- For women, tight or sweaty underwear increases the risk of developing vaginal candidiasis, a fungus that finds its perfect habitat in warm, humid conditions.
- In men, tight, damp clothing increases the chance of jock itch (tinea cruris), a skin infection that is itchy and can be very painful. Also, sleeping naked could improve sperm quality.
6. Helps release oxytocin
When sleeping as a couple, doing it totally naked can be an excellent way to improve the intimate relationship, since skin-to-skin contact contributes to the release of oxytocin, a substance that is also known as the hormone of love.
But this is not all, oxytocin is a hormone with beneficial effects for our health, among them, it balances blood pressure, stimulates the immune system and reduces anxiety.
7. Reduces the risk of diabetes
According to the National Sleep Foundation of the United States, sleeping naked reduces the possibility of diabetes because sleeping in a cool environment promotes our body to have a greater stability of blood sugar levels. In addition, it improves insulin sensitivity.
8. Improves sleep quality
The REM phase of sleep is the stage in which our body recovers. If we feel too cold or too hot this stage can be affected. Sleeping naked makes our brain active to maintain the ideal body temperature, so rest is deeper and more restful.
9. Reduce stress
When we go through difficult or stressful situations, there can be an increase in cortisol levels, a hormone that acts in our brain as a neurotransmitter and is involved in different functions of our body.
Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone, and sleeping naked appears to help lower its levels.
10. We wake up with less appetite
Cortisol, in addition to being related to stress, acts in the metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Depending on the levels of cortisol that exist in our body, we will have a greater or lesser sensation of hunger.
As we have pointed out before, sleeping naked reduces the levels of this hormone, so when we wake up our sensation of hunger will be less.
What to keep in mind when you start sleeping naked
We have already seen that sleeping naked brings us many benefits. However, to carry out this beneficial practice, it is necessary to be extremely hygienic:
It is important to change the sheets more frequently, since sweat, involuntary flatulence, body fluids and organic debris will fall directly on them and could favor the appearance of mites.
To maintain good personal hygiene and preserve the cleanliness of bedding, it is advisable to shower just before going to sleep.
It is advisable to use quality and breathable bedding such as cotton or linen, since it will be in direct contact with the skin.
What if I prefer to sleep with clothes?
We have already pointed out that each person has habits and preferences when it comes to sleeping, so, regardless of doing it with or without clothes, what is really relevant is achieving quality sleep.
If after reading this post you dare to sleep naked but you are modest, I recommend that you do it progressively, and start by keeping your underwear on. So you can see first-hand the advantages of sleeping naked.
Regardless of personal tastes and preferences when it comes to sleeping, you can see that there is scientific evidence of the numerous advantages of sleeping naked for our body and mind.
If this simple action results in a substantial improvement in our stress levels, we manage to improve our quality of sleep, we wake up with less appetite, we burn more calories and our relationship with our partner improves, why not try it?