While a lot of people prefer to sleep in the nude, most don’t realize why that is. Sure, it’s a lot cooler and you don’t get as hot during the night but there is more to it than that.
Sleeping in the nude can not only keep you cool, but it can also help you to sleep better and so much more. Actually, it might even reduce stress depending on how you break things down. I in recent times came across an article by Medical News Today that was medically reviewed, and it broke things down in big ways for me. While until reading this I thought sleeping in the nude was inconvenient, I have decided to give it a proper try.
One thing that stood out to me the most about that article though is that it can possibly help promote self-esteem. This suggested because a review of studies from 2018 suggests that ‘naturist activities’ improve self-esteem and help us with our body images overall as well. This something that the writer believes would also be possible when it comes to sleeping naked as it is a similar concept.
Psychology Today also wrote on this topic and covered the following benefits that will likely blow you away when you really let them sink in:
Sleeping naked may contribute to greater feelings of happiness in relationships. A survey conducted by Cotton USA, which promotes the use of U.S. cotton products around the world, examined the sleep habits of more than 1,000 British adults. Couples that made a habit of sleeping naked were more likely to report being happy in their relationship, compared to couples who slept clothed.
Skin-to-skin contact triggers the release of oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone.” Oxytocin influences emotions that drive social behavior and interpersonal connection, engendering feelings of trust, ease, and stability between partners. Studies have shown that a boost in oxytocin levels makes us more sensitive to others’ emotions (including, perhaps, overly sensitive), and may increase levels of attraction between partners in long-term relationships. Oxytocin doesn’t just promote positive, relationship-enhancing emotions—it also confers benefits to physical health, reducing stress and anxiety levels, and lowering blood pressure.
There are other health benefits that may stem from sleeping in the nude, whether you’re with a partner or alone. By helping the body to stay cooler overnight, sleeping naked may help your body increase its stores of brown fat, the type of fat that actually burns energy, in the form of calories, rather than storing it as ordinary fat does. Babies have brown fat to help keep them warm, and recently scientists discovered that adults may also have it, which has led to a great deal of attention about the possible therapeutic benefits in managing weight and avoiding metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes. We don’t yet know what benefits there may be in manipulating brown fat—there is still a great deal to learn about how it functions in adults, and whether it makes sense to try to increase or activate brown fat for health benefits. Early research suggests that exposure to cold—including sleeping in a cool bedroom—may trigger brown fat to be active in burning calories, and may increase brown fat amounts. Increasing brown fat may in turn help you shed weight and improve glucose levels and insulin function. In addition to keeping the temperature down in your bedroom, the cooling effects of sleeping without clothing may be a way to contribute to improving the way brown fat works in the body.
Now, when it comes to reducing stress, we could assume that with sleeping nude helping us to sleep better it could also benefit us in other ways. It could reduce stress because poor sleep is linked to things like depression and so much more. You see, we here in the US actually have a very serious issue with not getting the sleep we need, and that’s not something anyone can deny.
Now, if you’re not quite ready to commit to sleeping completely in the nude, you should consider sleeping in the least amount of clothing as possible. Sleep in just your underwear or something of that sort, that much you should give a try. We should all be working to improve our sleep quality because, without sleep, we are truly unable to function. When you’re sleeping better, you’re functioning more properly overall.