While the idea of sleeping naked may be off-putting if you’ve never done it, I promise it will change your life. Not only are the snuggles with your significant other immensely better naked (tee-hee), but sleeping naked is also beneficial to your health.
Proper sleep is paramount to our mental and physical well-being, so while sleeping naked might not sound like the most ordeal situation, it pays off ten-fold. Did you know that 68% of Americans report that they have difficulty falling asleep at least once a week?
Insomnia has caused a stark rise in the energy drink industry, causing us to reach more often for high caffeine solutions to power through the day. It’s important to have a healthy nighttime routine, and getting naked may be part of it.
1. Fall asleep faster.
The temperature of our skin has a major impact on how quickly we fall asleep. The best temperature for sleep is between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. And because fewer clothes make it easier for the skin to get cooler, and faster, we fall asleep much easier when naked.
2. Sleep deeper.
Additionally, sleep temperature affects the quality of our sleep. Sleeping nude decreases our body’s temperature, which makes reaching a higher quality of sleep much easier. Becoming too warm during sleep can disrupt our REM sleep.
3. It helps prevent disease.
The human body is like a machine, and when you leave a machine running too long and too often, the parts end up messed up. Our body needs rest and without it, our immune system suffers. So, sleeping naked can help to give your immune system the boost it needs.
4. Improved mental health.
Cortisol is a hormone released when our body and mind become stressed, and the more cortisol we release, the more on edge we become. Proper sleep regulates cortisol, which improves overall mental health.
5. Faster metabolism.
Our metabolism is responsible for burning food for fuel, a process that is necessary for us to live and prosper. Much like lower temperatures help our body to fall asleep and stay asleep, a lower skin temperature helps our metabolism to gain brown fat. This may sound like a bad thing- but brown fat is beneficial to our body, versus white fat. Brown fat is easier to burn and helps our metabolic health.
6. Improved bonding with your partner.
Not only does skin-to-skin contact feel ah-mazing- but it also boosts oxytocin. Oxytocin is the love hormone and bonding hormone. So naked snuggles = better bonding with your boo.
7. Better skin.
Better rest goes beyond just our basic health. Have you ever heard the phrase “beauty rest?” This phrase didn’t come from out of nowhere. Better sleep helps to reduce signs of aging.
8. Regulated cortisol.
While cortisol is a necessary hormone, when it is imbalanced it can wreak havoc on our health. Regulated temperatures keep our cortisol levels regulated, which not only benefits your mental health but also your physical health.
9. Balanced growth hormone.
Additionally, a regulated temperature balances our growth hormone levels, which are also essential to reduce the signs of aging. And, it benefits your health too!
10. It just feels better (especially when it’s hot outside.)
During the summer, temperatures rise, and even with the air on- it can be difficult to get comfortable. Sleeping naked alleviates that additional layer of clothing, which can lead you to sweat and then toss and turn.