Is naked sleeping the key to good health?

20 April 2017 by
First published: 26 September 2016

Is naked sleeping the key to good health? WHL finds out…

You may think sleeping in the nudie is just reserved for the occasional warm evening in summer, but according to Sleepy People blog, there are more benefits to the pastime than we may think – even in winter! So before you get into your slippers and your smalls, take a look at these benefits of sleeping naked that you probably never even knew about…

Helps your skin

All day long clothes restrict your body. Even in the summer when we wear less, there are certain parts of us that never feel the freedom of fresh air. Sleeping as nature intended means that every part of you finally gets that release. This can lower the risk of certain skin diseases like athlete’s foot too.

Keeps cortisol in check

Cortisol is a biochemical in our body that must be looked after as best you can. If you are too hot in bed, cortisol levels tend to rise. This can lead to increased anxiety and stress, cravings for bad food and ultimately weight gain – so keeping on top of this is really important. Sleeping naked gives you the best chance of regulating your temperature and therefore keeping cortisol levels down.

Fewer distractions

We’ve all either had a bad night’s sleep or woken up in pain because of a badly placed drawstring or unruly twisted t-shirt. Why put yourself in a potentially compromising position that could ruin your sleep when you could sleep happily naked?

Improves relationships

If you have a partner who you share a bed with, sleeping naked creates the perfect scenario for some skin-on-skin contact. Close contact with a significant other can massively boost the amount of oxytocin in your brain. This hormone is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those impulsive good feelings towards your other half.

Men’s fertility

A study from the National Institute of Child Health and Development at Stanford University found that men who slept in the nude instead of wearing boxer shorts or briefs had a 25 per cent lower rate of damaged DNA in their sperm than men who did wear them. Following the study, Allan Pacey, a leading fertility expert at the University of Sheffield told the New York Times: ‘We have known for some time that men who increase the temperature of their testicles, either through the heat exposure at work or by wearing tight underwear, have poorer semen quality compared to men whose testicles are cooler.’

Boosts metabolism

A number of different studies have shown that sleeping in a cooler environment allows the body to produce healthy fats that burn the calories to help generate body heat. Sleeping in a warmer environment doesn’t have this effect and metabolism is less effective. What’s one of the best ways to cool down? To sleep naked of course!

More refreshed mornings

Often when you wake up from a night’s sleep in your preferred form of pyjamas, you feel clammy and sticky from sweating during the night. Throwing off those PJ’s and embracing your birthday suit at bedtime can quite simply reduce this.

You’ll save money

That’s right, you’ll save a little more of your hard-earned cash. Essentially, choosing to sleep naked renders one part of your wardrobe entirely useless, meaning you’ve no need to continue buying any more PJ’s.

You’ll feel free

There is a certain physical freedom we can only really achieve when standing or indeed lying naked. While becoming a nudist might be a step far, we can at least experience that sense of escapism by dropping all our garments and enjoy the sense of freedom when in bed.
You’ll have more sex

Let’s not skirt around it too much – one thing that puts us all in a better mood is sex. If you and your partner regularly sleep naked next to each other, the likelihood is that you’ll have more sex than you would when wearing those restrictive PJ’s.