4 things you’re missing out on if you don’t sleep naked

Even as the cooler weather approaches, there are so many benefits to sleeping naked. Oh, you still sleep in a raggedy oversized t-shirt and pyjama pants?

I can’t remember the last time I wore clothes to bed. It was probably at my best friend’s hens weekend where I had to share a room with two others, but other than that it’s the Full Monty every night (I wouldn’t dare subject complete strangers to my naked body).

As it turns out, there are lots of reasons to sleep sans clothes, least of all saving money because you don’t have to buy pyjamas. But according to some reports, only eight percent of us do so. Here’s what 92 percent of you are missing out on.

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1. Precious melatonin

Ahh, the beloved sleep hormone that is seriously suppressed with stress and blue light, melatonin production can be impacted when you’re sleeping too hot, too, and wearing bedclothes that aren’t made from a breathable fabric can turn up your body temperature.

Sleeping in a cooler environment helps you fall asleep faster and improves your overall quality because if you’re too hot, there’s a risk your rapid eye movement (REM) sleep could be impacted. One study even found that temperature is one of the most important factors in good quality sleep.

2. A healthier ‘down there’

To put it bluntly, tight-fitting, non-breathable fabric increases your risk of developing yeast infections, as yeast prefers warm, moist (sorry) places. Regardless of what you wear throughout the day, sleeping naked does your vag some serious good by letting it air out and keep it healthy.

3. Self-esteem

Sleeping naked can grant you a better relationship with your own body. Getting to view yourself without clothes on regularly can contribute to improved body confidence and self-acceptance, a study from 2017 found.

4. Intimacy

If you’re in a relationship, sex is obviously a good thing, but so is skin-to-skin contact, as one study found. This kind of touch was found to stimulate the release of oxytocin, which plays an important part in our forging and maintaining attachment.

“Oxytocin release caused by the interactive procedures… will stimulate mechanisms related to restoration and healing and therefore in a more long-term perspective they will contribute to a better health profile and longevity.”