The Science of Sleep: Studies Show Sleeping Naked is Good For Your Health

If you don’t already strip down for bed time, you might want to rethink that! According to experts, sleeping naked is not only super comfortable, but better for your health!

While sleeping naked helps regulate your temperature and prevents you from waking up at weird hours in the morning, it also helps keep bacteria that love warm moist areas away. Sleeping nude with your partner has also been found to boost your immune system!

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According to a poll from the National Sleep Foundation, only 12% of Americans actually sleep naked every night. Doctors and researchers both recommend it highly as our bodies are designed to decrease in temperature while we sleep which keeps us comfortable throughout the night, this decrease helps our bodies determine when to fall asleep and when to wake up. Warmer skin has been found to disrupt sleep in humans and animals.

Published in the journal Brain: ‘By employing a thermosuit to control skin temperature during nocturnal sleep, we demonstrate that induction of a mere 0.4 degrees C increase in skin temperature, whilst not altering core temperature, suppresses nocturnal wakefulness (P<0.001) and shifts sleep to deeper stages (P<0.001) in young and, especially, in elderly healthy and insomniac participants,’

The benefits of sleeping in the nude don’t end there, it’s been found to help increase metabolism too! The healthy fat found around your neck is activated when you sleep in cooler temperatures, this good fat generates body heat and that helps you burn calories. Keeping cool at night decreases cortisol and helps increase growth hormones, Men’s Health reports, this helps create better sleeping patterns and can help reduce your tummy size!

When we sleep well throughout the night, our bodies are able to recuperate with lower cortisol levels, these levels replenish and give use energy when we wake up. But if we have a bad nights rest with interrupted sleep, our bodies produce more cortisol than needed, and this increases our appetites for the next day.sleep-naked-min

Sleeping naked is also a great way to allow your skin to breathe, and this is even more important for women. Yeast infections thrive in moist and warm areas, which can be avoided by not wearing underwear and pyjamas while sleeping, especially in synthetic fabrics after a long day in confining clothing. The vaginal area can becoming a bacteria breeding ground and sleeping naked can help minimalize and keep bacteria away.

Men can also benefit from sleeping naked and is especially important to maximize sperm production. According to men’s health, “It is recommend that a man’s scrotum sits at around 95 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just a tad cooler than the rest of your body”.

The quality of sperm has been found to diminish when your testicles are too warm, this was proven in a study that tested semen of sauna using men.

We think the best benefit of sleeping naked is that it’s really good for your relationship! Skin to skin contact enables Oxytocin to be released in your brain. Oxytocin is known as the love hormone, and can help increase trust in your relationship as well as bring you together emotionally. Sleeping naked with your partner has been found to boost your immune system too, as it helps steady cortisol levels and keep blood pressure low.

H/T: Daily Mail