It slows down skin ageing, helps you lose weight, and even has a positive effect on relationships. How is it possible that sleeping naked can be so beneficial?
Who likes to sleep naked?
The fact that we sleep about 30% of our lives is no surprise. You probably know that sleep is one of the most important of the body’s functions, affecting every area of our human activity. But how does our nightwear or lack of, affect our sleep and daily lives?
According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, 30% of Brits sleep naked, in Canada people sleeping without nightwear account for 14%, in Mexico 12%, and in Germany 9%. In turn, a telephone survey conducted among Americans by ABC News shows that 22% of them are sleeping naked and the majority of them (twice as many) are men. In Poland, it is estimated that about 10% of people sleep naked.
1. Deep sleep is easier
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam have proven that lowering the skin temperature allows you to fall asleep faster and wake up less often during sleep. So isn’t getting rid of layers of underwear and pyjamas the best way to cool your body? Although turning off the radiators or opening the window can sometimes help, this is not so easy during a snowstorm, frost, rain or wind. When we live on a busy street, outside noises, as well as rising dust and pollution, also make open windows difficult. Isn’t taking off your clothes the easiest option?
2. Losing excess weight
In the beginning, we will say it directly: taking off your pyjamas will not make you lose weight. However, if you combine it with diet and physical activity, then a deep sleep will be a crucial piece of this puzzle. According to researchers from the National Institutes of Health, sleeping at lower temperatures increases metabolism and prevents the progression of diabetes. The level of cortisol, or stress hormone, also plays an important role. If you overheat at night, cortisol may remain high, and high stress contributes to hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy food.
3. Soothing the skin
Throughout the day our bodies are covered by layers of clothing. The night is sometimes the only opportunity for our skin to breathe freely! And this is one of the factors affecting overall skin condition. Furthermore, according to a study published in the magazine Sleep, melatonin and growth hormones that are released during sleep prevent the degeneration of skin cells. When you sleep naked, the epidermis also regenerates faster and gets rid of toxins.
4. Better relationship with a partner
Close contact with your partner’s skin undoubtedly affects the level of secreted oxytocin and thus contributes to a sense of happiness and satisfaction. The “Hormone of love” positively affects bonding and closeness in couples, and also makes us feel more loved and attached. In addition, it has been proven that sleeping naked also benefits the sex life of partners.
5. Higher self-esteem
Confidence is the key to achieving success on many levels. Sleeping naked can work wonders in this respect! Lack of clothes in bed and opening up to yourself and your partner help you accept yourself and feel confident in your own skin. In turn, when you feel comfortable in your body, there is a good chance that you will also feel confident in your clothes.