Sleeping naked has many benefits and if you don’t already do it, you seriously should consider it. Not only can it improve your sleep but it has health benefits that may surprise you. According to a survey of 1,015 people conducted by Mattress Advisor, more than half slept naked. 65 percent of millennials were more likely to sleep in the nude compared to 45 percent of Gen Xers and 39 percent of baby boomers. Just what is it, though, that makes sleeping in the buff so beneficial? Why should more people do it? Let’s take a look.
Some people naturally sleep hot while some may have health conditions that cause their body temperatures to climb. In order to sleep better, core body temperature needs to be pushed down. This signals the brain that it’s time to sleep. Conversely, if you’re too hot, you’re more alert and will have trouble sleeping. Sleeping naked can help regulate your body temperature which will otherwise be on the higher side when you wear clothes. It helps you go into a deeper, more better sleep.
The term beauty sleep is not wrong. When you sleep, your cells repair themselves and leave you feeling and looking rejuvenated. However, when your body temperature is too high, human growth hormone or HGH is suppressed, and your cells can’t rebuild themselves well. By sleeping naked, your core body temperature drops and triggers the release of HGH.
Cortisol is a hormone that secreted when your body is stressed, acting as a fuel for a fight or flight response. It has other roles to play too including regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation and boosting energy. But, too much of it can lead to health problems like heart disease, anxiety, and memory issues. When you sleep hot, your cortisol levels remain high and continue to even when you wake up. This can put you at risk for the things we’ve mentioned. By sleeping naked, your body temperature goes down and so does your cortisol.
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Sleeping naked and consequently cooler can regulate cortisol and prevent certain health issues, as we’ve seen. But healthy cortisol levels can also help you lose weight. High cortisol can interfere with the body’s ability to control blood glucose. This, in turn, leads to high blood sugar which can make losing weight difficult. According to a study, keeping yourself cool when sleeping also boosts metabolism as your body makes more brown fat to generate heat by burning calories. When you sleep cooler by sleeping naked, your cortisol levels go down and this sets off a chain of events that help you shed weight.
Sleeping and waking up in PJs makes you likelier to hang around at home and not so much. But, if you sleep naked, you have to get dressed when you wake up. It can encourage you to be more active and more social, which is far better than staying cooped up and lounging at home.
Sleeping in the nude is great for intimacy as there’s a much bigger opportunity for skin-on-skin contact. Snuggling with your partner isn’t just fun; it also releases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin that helps couples bond. Sleeping naked also makes it far likelier to have sex which also goes on to increase oxytocin. It’s a win-win either way.
Sleeping naked is natural and healthy. If you’ve never tried it, maybe these facts will help change your mind. If you don’t want to shed all your clothes, you can start with wearing lighter and fewer articles of clothing. You could ditch the t-shirt and wear only boxers or ditch bottoms and wear a loose-fitting tank top to bed. As you become more comfortable sleeping this way, it’s only a matter of time before you sleep naked and enjoy the numerous benefits.