According to the 2020 Global Sleep Satisfaction Report conducted by Philips, only 49% of respondents are satisfied with their sleep quality. Anxiety, stress, interpersonal relationships, and mobile phone use are still the main factors hindering people from obtaining high-quality sleep.
How to improve sleep quality? Obviously, sleeping naked may not be the first thing you think of. However, in fact, sleeping naked can really help you get better sleep. Apart from this, it has many unexpected benefits. Let’s check these benefits one by one.
Benefits of Sleeping Naked
1. Fall Asleep Faster and Sleep Deeper
Studies have shown that the optimal sleep temperature for humans is 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit. The skin is an important radiator of our human body and has the function of regulating body temperature. If you wear clothes to sleep, it may affect the skin’s perception of ambient temperature, hinder the body’s heat dissipation, and affect your sleep rhythm. On the contrary, sleeping naked can help you cool down quickly, make you fall asleep faster, and improve overall sleep quality.
2. Decrease Stress and Anxiety
Sleep and stress have a very dependent relationship with each other, which means the less sleep you receive at night, the more stressed and anxious you’re likely to become. Since sleeping naked can improve your sleep quality, it can also lead to a decrease in overall stress and anxiety as well.
3. Build Confidence and Self-esteem
The Journal of Happiness Studies noted that spending time naked can help people boost their self-esteem and decreased body image dissatisfaction. This is because you get more acquainted with your bare body which over time can help you overcome body image dissatisfaction.
4. Maintain Healthy Skin
A large number of hair follicles, skin glands, sweat glands, and other skin accessory organs are distributed on human skin, which can secrete sebum and sweat. Sleeping naked can help the skin’s normal secretion and excretion, and it can also expose the skin to relatively low temperature directly, promote local blood flow, and promote local metabolism of the skin.
5. Lose Weight
There are two types of fat in the human body: white and brown. White fat is responsible for storing energy, while brown fat can burn calories, producing 300 times heat than other organs in the body. A study in the American Journal of Diabetes found that sleeping in a cold bedroom can activate brown fat in adults. That is to say, when sleeping naked, the decrease in skin temperature can also help activate brown fat in the body to burn calories.
6. Boost Intimacy with Your Partner
A study showed that direct contact between people can increase the synthesis and secretion of oxytocin. Oxytocin is also known as the hormone of love. It can make you more sensitive to your partner's touch and increase mutual trust and intimacy. This shows that sleeping naked in bed with your partner is a good way to increase skin contact to produce oxytocin.
Precautions of Sleeping Naked
Protect Personal Privacy
It is inappropriate to sleep naked when living with family members or in group living. You’d better choose a relatively secret and independent environment for naked sleep. If you are staying in a hotel and are going to sleep naked, it is recommended to lock the door and check whether there is surveillance in the room.
Change Bedding Frequently
If you decide to sleep naked, it’s necessary to make sure that your sheets, duvet covers, pillows, etc. are clean. If the sleeping environment is not good, it may cause physical injury and induce various diseases, such as allergic dermatitis and respiratory diseases.
Not Sleep Naked under the Following Conditions
You Have Sensitive Skin.
Although sleeping naked is beneficial to the human body, if your skin is prone to allergies, it is best to wear cotton pajamas to protect your body from friction. When sleeping naked, your skin is directly exposed to the environment, and dust and mites on the bed can cause skin allergies.
You Are Weak.
People who are physically weak may catch a cold while sleeping naked, and suffer from headaches, lower back pain, and joint pain. Therefore, adjust the temperature of the bedroom before going to bed and avoid getting cold or sweating a lot.
After reading the benefits of sleeping naked mentioned above, are you still going to sleep in pajamas tonight?