When people hit the hay, everybody’s got their own unique sense of style. Some people are happy rocking underwear and a T-shirt, some prefer just the underwear and some prefer just the shirt. Because they’re weird. As it turns out though, having pajamas of any kind are not the way to the go. So for all of you creepers who sleep naked, you’ve got the right idea. The mighty world of science has just added another line to the 10 Commandments: “Thou shalt not sleep with thy clothes on.” But why? Because it’s healthier. Keep reading to find out why science is telling us to ditch the pajamas and sleep naked.
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Trash your jammies. As comfortable as those flannel pajamas that your mom got you for Christmas may be, keep them as far away from your bed as you possibly can. If you’re going to wear them, wear them while you’re cuddling on the couch or when you’re leaving the house at 8 in the morning to buy some Jell-O for for your partner, who still hasn’t gotten over the flu. Just, whatever you do, don’t wear them to bed.
Sweet dreams. When you go to sleep, instead of wearing those flannel pajamas — or really any form of pajamas — wear nothing at all. Not socks. Not underwear. Not gloves (wait, who’s wearing gloves to bed?). The only outfit you’re allowed to wear when you throw those covers over you to catch some winks is your birthday suit. No exceptions.
Nude sleepers. As freeing as naked sleeping sounds, what is so important about it to begin with? What kind of damage are these pajamas actually even doing? When we’re sleeping, our bodies are much better off when there’s nothing wrapped around them, and the world of science is here to explain why.
A better night’s rest. If you’re the kind of person who needs to be bundled up in layers when they sleep, then take a cue from researchers at the University of Amsterdam and forgo that preference from here on out. After a study concerning naked sleeping and clothed sleeping, they discovered that when your skin temperature is cooler, you fall asleep more quickly, according to Forbes.
Cozying up. When you’re too insulated in bed, falling asleep is going to take some time — more time than if you were a bit cooler, at least. Seeing as you’ve already got covers on you to begin with, going to bed naked can help keep your body temperature from getting in the way of sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night because you’re too sweaty isn’t likely going to be an issue when you’re not wearing any clothes.
Toxicity. When you’re too hot during the night and your sleep pattern is screwed up, you’re screwing with your body’s toxic cleaning system. According to researchers from the University of Rochester, when you’re hot in bed, you’re not sleeping well, and when you’re not sleeping well, your brain can’t do its job in removing toxic proteins that are giving the brain avoidable wear and tear.
Braindead. When your brain can’t properly destroy these toxic proteins, the effects will be noticeable. They latch onto your brain cells and ultimately make it more difficult for you to properly think and solve problems and be creative. But if you had been sleeping naked in the first place, then none of this would have even been a problem…
Body-breathing. When your body is wrapped up in pajamas and blankets, you’re not giving your body a chance to breathe. When you don’t give your body a chance to breathe — specifically your genitals and your butt — you’re looking at potential bacteria buildup. So tonight, before you go to sleep, strip down and never look back.
Avoidable stress. Nobody wants to wake up stressed out, but if you’re sleeping with clothes on, then you’re only upping your chances of this happening. So, seeing as your likelihood of sleep disruption will be higher when you’ve got clothes on, if you’re not naked when you’re sleeping, you’re basically putting yourself through the ultimate stress test. Every single night.
The dangers of stress. If you’re thinking that you’re willing to risk a little bit of stress in favor of your precious pajamas, you ought to consider exactly what stress can do to your body. When stress takes you over, you’re looking at a screwed up immune system, a higher risk of depression and even a higher risk of heart disease. So, really, it’s not worth it.
Naked weight loss. It might seem like a gimmick discovering that naked sleeping can actually help you lose weight, but it’s actually true. The cooler you are when you sleep, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the faster your metabolism will be. So, even though you love your new pair of PJs, you ought to keep in mind that they’re forcing you to potentially pack on some extra pounds.
Faster metabolism. When you’re cooler, your body starts creating extra brown fat, and if you’re not familiar with what brown fat even is, just know that it burns calories in your body to produce heat. Basically, it just speeds up your metabolism. That’s how it all works behind the scenes. Really, though, don’t even worry about the details. Just strip down already!
Bed blood. When you’re sleeping naked, you’re also doing your body’s blood circulation a favor, too. By doing so, your heart and muscles are going to be in much better shape, and you’ll also see benefits by way of an increase in melatonin production, as well as other growth hormones.
Skin-to-skin. If you sleep in a bed with someone else, it’s pretty obvious why sleeping naked will do you some good. Skin-on-skin contact with someone will not only feel pleasant, it can actually help bring people closer together, enhancing the bonding between partners. As if you needed an excuse to get naked with your partner…
Giving it a shot. If you’re not entirely comfortable with sleeping in the nude, you need to ask yourself what the big deal really is. So what if you’re not used to it? You’ll be surprised what a little bit of practice can do, especially when said practice simply requires you to not wear clothes. Which, honestly, couldn’t be easier.