There’s no doubt that a good night’s rest is vital for our health and wellbeing, but the importance of sleep goes far beyond that. It is something we cannot live without. This is why we function poorly when we don’t get enough quality sleep. In fact, depriving ourselves of sleep can lead to significant, long-term health problems.
If you feel you’re not getting enough sleep, there is plenty that you can do to get quality rest in your life. As unlikely as it might sound, sleeping in the buff is one of those things.
Not many people sleep naked. In fact, according to a 2015 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, only 12% of Americans sleep in the buff. And that is perhaps understandable. After all, most of us have been brought up to wear PJs to bed and many of us just love our PJs.
But the fact remains that the less you wear to bed, the better and deeper you will sleep. And that’s just one of the many scientifically proven health benefits of sleeping in the buff.
Read on to find out just why sleeping in as little as possible is so good for you.
You’ll go to sleep quicker and remain asleep.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam found that there is a link between lower body temperature and a good night’s rest. Lower body temperature induces better sleep, and is considered to be a key factor in getting longer, more restful, quality sleep. It also reduces the number of times you wake up in the night.
The body is naturally programmed to lower body temperature at night before sleep can be initiated. Wearing warm PJs at this time hinders the ability of your body to achieve the right sleeping temperature, leaving you struggling to fall asleep even when you’re tired. This is because your body is not cool enough. Stripping down to your birthday suit allows your body to regulate itself and achieve the optimal sleeping temperature, allowing you to go to sleep faster and remain asleep until your alarm goes off in the morning.
If your body gets too warm during the night because of your PJs, you’re likely to wake up during the night, disrupting your deep and restorative sleep. Sleeping naked means your body temperature will be optimal, as long as your room is also at the optimal temperature. This will boost the quality of your sleep and reduce how often you wake up during the night, resulting in better, deeper, happier sleep.
Improves sperm count for males
A 2015 research of 500 couples by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Maryland, and Stanford University, discovered that sleeping in boxer shorts or PJs could damage the body’s ability to produce sperm and harm the chances of having a baby.
Wearing underwear in your nether regions traps in moisture in that area. This allows bacteria to thrive and leads to infections.
The study found that men who wore boxers during the day and were naked at night had 25 per cent less DNA fragmentation in their sperm compared with men who wore tight briefs day and night.
If you’re hoping to become a father, you’ll need to get rid of your garments altogether at night and sleep in the nude for the best chance of getting your partner pregnant. During the day, a pair of roomy boxers is considered the best garment to keep sperm cool and boost reproductive success.
It reduces bad stress.
Stress as we all know, is really bad news. Unfortunately, it is something that a great many of us experience in many aspects of our lives on a daily basis. It is unavoidable for the most part. If you go to bed with clothes on and it gets too warm, your body will be unable to regulate the production of the “stress hormone” cortisol which can wreak havoc on your health and disrupt your sleep.
But what’s even worse is that on the nights you do not sleep enough, your cortisol levels remain high even after you wake up. High cortisol levels weaken the body’s immune system, raises body temperature and cholesterol, disrupts your normal sleep patterns, lowers your libido and increases cravings for sugar and carbs.
When you sleep naked, your body temperature is at the perfect sleeping temperature, so that your body is better able regulate the production of cortisol. This ensures a smooth night of rest.
It improves your love life
According to a 2009 study at the Swedish University of Animal Sciences, sleeping naked triggers anti-stress effects thanks to the hormone oxytocin which is stimulated by skin-on-skin contact between you and your partner. If you and your partner both sleep naked, skin to skin touching is all that is required to release this feel-good hormone. Oxytocin also relieves stress by regulating the production of cortisol.
It could help you lose weight.
According to research carried out by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, remaining cool while you sleep increases the body’s metabolism due to the fact that your body produces more “brown fat” in order to keep you warm. This boosts your metabolism to help you lose weight.
It makes you healthier
Apart from the metabolic effects of sleeping naked, taking off your clothes improves blood circulation, which benefits your heart as well as your muscles. This will boost the quantity as well as the quality of your sleep.
It slows down the natural aging process.
Sleep has often been touted as the closest thing we have to a fountain of youth because when your body is at the optimal sleeping temperature, this will boost the release of human growth hormone (HGH) and melatonin into the bloodstream during sleep. Both of these hormones have powerful anti-aging benefits. On the other hand, keeping your body or room too warm can disrupt the release of anti-aging hormones. Ultimately, this will affect the quality of your sleep.
Avoid fungal infections
Sleeping in the nude especially in the summer helps to reduce any overheating and gives your crown jewels room to breathe. This means you’re less likely to be afflicted by fungal infections such as jock strap itch.
If you refuse to sleep in the buff under any circumstances, at least make sure that whatever you wear to be is as light as possible
You owe it to yourself to give it a try.