Did you know that sleeping naked is healthier and improves several areas of your life, but only 8% of Americans do it? The following information might change your mind and make you sleep in your birthday suit. Here are 10 reasons why people who sleep naked are healthier.
- Sleeping naked helps prevent insomnia.
According to a recent Australian study, a drop in core body temperature is necessary in order for sleep to begin normally. The body pushes the heat out from the core and releases it. And if you sleep in heavy pajamas or socks your body might not be able to release the heat, and you might suffer from insomnia, because your core won’t be able to release the heat. Sleeping naked will allow the body to release the heat more quickly, and will help you fall asleep faster.
- Naked sleepers get deeper and longer sleep.
According to another study, the regulation of in-bed body temperature could considerably assist in reaching a deeper sleep for longer periods of time. Dutch scientists conducted a study where they placed thermo suits on participants in order to lower their skin temperature. This resulted in the participants having an uninterrupted sleep and spending more time in the deep sleep stages.
- Sleeping naked helps prevent excess belly fat.
Natural body cooling at night will help you lower your cortisol levels. The deep sleep hours between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. lower the cortisol levels to a minimum, and after 2 a.m., the glands that produce cortisol begin working more actively to prepare our bodies for the next day. This gives us energy when we wake up.
When we don’t get enough sleep, we wake up with abnormally high cortisol levels, which stimulate our appetite for comfort foods, which in turn create belly fat. Since sleeping without pajamas keeps us cooler, it also helps in regulating those cortisol levels.
- Sleeping naked can make your sex organs healthier.
The vagina is naturally a warm and humid place, creating an environment for bacteria and yeast to thrive. When we sleep naked and expose it to free flowing air, we allow the vagina to breathe, and therefore prevent the growth of yeast and bacteria.
For men, keeping the testes cooler keeps the sperm healthy and the reproductive systems functioning normally, which is why the testes are located outside of the body in the first place. Tight briefs heat up the testes and lower the sperm count.
- A cooler body helps prevent aging.
The journal “Sleep” published a study which stated that sleep in and of itself triggers the release of melatonin and growth hormones, which are the most vital anti-aging hormones. So the more we sleep, the more of these hormones we produce. And since lower body temperature creates a deeper and longer sleep, being naked is sounding better and better.
- Skin-to-skin contact improves your sex life.
If you’re not sleeping alone, skin to skin contact with your partner can boost the release of oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin is a powerful “feel-good” hormone, which is necessary for orgasm and sexual responsiveness, combating depression, dealing with stress, reducing blood pressure, and reducing intestinal inflammation. And of course, being naked removes any obstacles between you and your partner and encourages a more sexual environment.
- Airing out the skin prevents skin diseases.
Airing out the skin all over the body, especially in areas like the feet, armpits, and genitals, lowers the risk for skin diseases like athlete’s foot and Intertrigo, which are caused by wet, restricted skin.
- Being exposed to your body improves self-esteem and acceptance.
According to some theories, the more time you spend in the nude, the more comfortable you feel in your skin. This leads to acting more confidently, which makes us happier and more attractive to others. The University of Central Florida conducted a study , which showed that pro-nudity students “were significantly more accepting of other religious groups and the LGBT crowd” when compared to the anti-nudity students. They were also “less prejudiced towards ethnically dissimilar peers.”
- Sleeping naked helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
The June edition of Diabetes published a study that found that sleeping in colder temperatures has been linked to improved metabolisms, lower blood sugar levels and even prevention of type 2 diabetes. Scientists found that, when the participants were colder—and sleeping almost entirely in the nude, their unhealthy fat started disappearing within just a few weeks, and their health was rapidly improving, especially in the metabolic aspects.
- You’ll experience better blood flow.
The elastic bands around your waist, twisted t-shirts, and tight socks cut off the circulation, and prevent the blood from flowing more freely through the body. When you sleep naked, your circulation increases and this benefits the heart, muscles, and arteries as the oxygen rich blood flows to your extremities.
Now that you know that sleeping naked is SO MUCH better for you, why are you still wearing pajamas? Indulge in a little naked time, because even science says that it’s good for you.