6 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Be Stripping Down and Sleeping Naked

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As people grow up, their nighttime sleeping outfit may change. Sometimes, they keep on going with pajamas. Sometimes, it’s just underwear. Other times, underwear and a t-shirt. Or a nightgown. Or nothing at all. It’s hard for many of us to remember WHY we sleep in what we do, but it’s a safe bet that comfort was the number one concern.

But there are many others as well, and almost all of them lead you to one conclusion: sleeping naked is the best way to sleep. Not just because it’s comfortable, which is a completely subjective matter. And not because it’s sexier (though that’s a little less subjective), but because of the health benefits from doing so. We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed sleeping, so it’s not hard to imagine how that time can have profound effects on the rest of our lives.

So if you’re curious to know why sleeping naked is such a good idea, you came to the right place.

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1. You’ll get into a deep sleep faster than you would with clothes on

Your body temperature has to fall a half a degree (which is a significant amount) for your body to kicking to R.E.M. (or “deep”) sleep. Obviously, the more layers you’re wearing, the more insulation you have, and the more insulation you have, the harder it is to get your body to change temperature, especially to a cooler one. Shedding clothes of any sort, and even sleeping with fewer blankets if it’s comfortable, helps your body get to where it needs to be in order to not just fall asleep, but get good sleep.

2. It’s good for your nether regions

Let’s face it: unless you’re a nudist or in a very non-traditional line of work, your genitals and sex organs don’t get much exposure to the outside world and fresh air. So rather than taking a stroll in the buff and facing the wrath of the neighborhood association, why not just sleep naked and give your genitals an opportunity to breathe? It helps quell the growth of bacteria and infection. The best part is, you don’t need to do anything else. Just take your clothes off and sleep!

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3. It can strengthen your bond with your partner

Obviously sleeping naked takes you one step further to sexual intimacy than pajamas do. It might also kick-start your sex drive by reminding you, “Hey, there’s a naked person next to me. We should do sex stuff!” but it also strengthens your relationship on a physiological hormonal level. The “love drug” oxytocin is released more during skin to skin contact, which not only sets the mood for romance but gives your brain a subconscious awareness of a loving, nurturing relationship. You can’t get that through flannel.

4. You’ll wake up faster (and better)

Not only do you save the time of having to disrobe, but you’ll also arise feeling cleaner and less sweaty because your skin and body have had a chance to breathe. A lower body temperature will also help you become more alert that if you were cocooned in clothing.

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5. You might (maybe) burn some more calories

On paper, this makes sense. Your body shivers to keep you warm. As long as the low temperature doesn’t interfere with your sleep, it could cause you to shiver through the night (gently, mind you!) which is a physical activity that burns energy (calories). Now, don’t go too far and think that sleeping naked in an igloo will get you the body you crave, but every little bit helps, right?

6. You won’t be covered in dead skin

I think we can all agree that we could do without being caked in dead skin cells first thing in the morning. But clothes hinder our ability to exfoliate by essentially trapping the skin underneath our layers. When you’re naked, you’re able to shed the dead stuff easily. Sure, it falls to your sheets, which could be equally gross, but there’s a solution for that: Wash your sheets regularly.

Similarly, it’s anecdotal but logical that it’s better for your skin to breathe overnight than it is to cover it up. Sweat can cause friction and breakouts, but more importantly, circulating air can fight infections big or small.

To get a little more in depth with these benefits, and a few more, check out this video that will convince you to drop the clothes and sleep in the buff.