Do you sleep in the nude? Maybe just thinking about it? You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 17 percent of Americans prefer to sleep “unclothed.”
If you’re on the fence about whether to cast your jammies to the wind or keep it all under wraps, check out the pros and cons of both below.
- Cooler Bodies Sleep Better: Without extra layers of clothing, you're likely to get a better night's sleep because your body's natural temperature fluctuations can occur without waking you up.
- Cooler Bodies Burn More Fat: At least one major study shows that sleeping in lower temperatures can increase your metabolism and help you stay skinnier.
- For Men: Sleeping naked can allow your testicles breathing room, reducing risk of chafing and bacterial infection, says Men’s Health magazine, and cooler temps keep sperm healthy and plentiful.
- For Women: Air circulation is also good for vaginal health, impeding bacterial growth and keeping yeast infections at bay. Evidence shows cooler sleeping temperatures help your body release anti-aging hormones.
- Close Encounters With Roommates: Awkward moments. Imagine an emergency bathroom break in the wee small hours and running into your roommate (or worse, her overnight guests).
- Extra Loads of Laundry: Wearing PJs keeps sheets cleaner longer, and they’re easier to wash.
- Winter Is Coming: Cooler sleeping temperatures are good up to a point, but winter can be downright cold. If you're not comfortable, you'll never get a good night's sleep.
The bottom line? Do what's right for you. If you think you'd enjoy the freedom of sleeping in the raw, go for it! Your nether regions will especially thank you. Not cool with overexposure? Wear loose-fitting, comfortable sleepwear that breathes well, and you'll get a good night's rest, too. If you're not sure, experiment until you find a choice that works for you.