While sleeping naked may not be your first choice right now, you should think about the advantages before putting on your pajamas tonight. Effective and deep sleep are critical for general health, and there is a slew of disturbing sleep data indicating that many individuals aren't receiving enough of it.
People with insomnia and other sleep difficulties are turning to supplemental nighttime rituals, such as bedtime yoga and predictable nightly routines that help them decompress. Many studies show that little is more when it comes to dressing or not dressed at bedtime.
Sleeping naked has several scientifically-proven benefits that can help you obtain a better night's sleep and improve your overall health.
Sleeping naked has several health benefits, including improved sleep quality, stress reduction, skin health, reproductive health, body image, and intimacy. Although many of these health benefits are linked, they can be divided into three categories: mental, physical, and sexual health. We'll go through each of these advantages in detail below, along with some additional advice on how to get the most out of each one.
1. Sleep Deeper and Fall Asleep Faster
Creating a sleep environment that is within the appropriate temperature range can have a significant impact on your sleep quality. Temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal for sleeping. Sleeping naked can help lower your body temperature and improve the quality of your sleep. Your REM cycle can be disrupted if you feel too warm while sleeping.
A drop in body temperature also signals to your body that it's time to sleep. Sleeping naked can help you lower your temperature and fall asleep sooner, resulting in more consistent sleep that adheres to ideal sleep hygiene.
2. Reduce Stress and Improve Your Mood
Dozing off in the buff can also help reduce stress because sleeping naked can help lower your body temperature and promote better quality sleep. A study published in The Journal of Gerontology looked at sleep patterns and their impacts and found a strong link between sleep and stress levels. According to a study published by the American Psychological Association that focused on treating insomnia and investigating the secondary effects on mood, treating insomnia has a favorable influence on overall mood.
3. Boost your self-esteem and self-assurance
Spending more time naked increased participants' self-esteem and reduced body image dissatisfaction, according to one study. The study also discussed the cultural influences on body image and how just spending more time naked can help people overcome mental blockages and false expectations. Because it's more difficult to spend time in your birthday suit during the day, make it a practice to do so when you're getting ready to go to bed so you can get your daily dose of nudity-induced confidence.
4. Boost Metabolism and Prevent Weight Gain
Several papers were examined in a systematic review released by the Obesity Society, which further confirmed the association between sleep deprivation and weight increase. Stripping down before bed can help you keep or improve your sleep routine, allowing you to get the full seven to nine hours of sleep associated with a healthier weight.
Boost the Benefit: Try to keep your eating window to 10 hours per day and avoid eating meals within two to three hours of going to bed.
5. Take Care of Your Skin
It's not just about the skin when it comes to beauty sleep. According to a study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology magazine, sleeping naked not only reduces indications of aging in the skin but also helps your skin heal wounds faster. They used suction to generate blisters on participants' skin and then tracked how the skin healed about their sleep.
6. Assist Women's Reproductive Health
Sleeping without underpants is thought to be beneficial to vaginal health. Because wearing excessively tight underwear increases a woman's risk of acquiring a yeast infection, several gynecologists advise going commando as a precaution. If you're not used to going to bed without underwear, loose-fitting cotton underwear is a terrific alternative.
Boost the Benefit: Invest in 100 percent cotton underpants to wear during the day.
7. Keep Male Fertility Safe
According to studies published in the Journal of Andrology, the sort of underwear a man wears (or doesn't wear) has a significant impact on sperm count and fertility. Higher temperatures are created by tighter-fitting underwear, which might harm sperm. To maintain an appropriate temperature, it is suggested that you wear no underwear to bed, but loose-fitting boxers are a close second.
Increase the benefit by wearing loose boxers as your primary underwear option.
8. Boost Your Partner's Intimacy
Some of the advantages of sleeping naked with your mate go without saying. The consequences of adult skin-on-skin contact were studied in this article published in Frontiers in Psychology. “Oxytocin is released in response to low-intensity skin stimulation, such as contact or stroking,” their findings revealed.
This shows that sleeping naked with your lover can assist improve skin contact and, as a result, produce more oxytocin than cuddling when dressed.
Try sleeping with your lover in a position that encourages contact. Another fantastic technique to enhance oxytocin and reduce general stress is to exchange pre-bedtime massages.
Boost the Benefit: Purchase breathable, comfortable linens that you can share.
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