MindBodyGreen – People can be pretty particular about their sleep outfits: a trendy matching set, that old worn-in tee, or—one of the most controversial—the birthday suit. But are those who choose to snooze in the nude actually making the healthier choice, or does it just feel good?
The benefits of sleeping naked:
1. It might help you fall asleep faster.
According to a study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology, the human body drops in temperature during sleep and rises upon waking.
“The optimal temperature for sleep is considered 65 degrees Fahrenheit,” holistic psychiatrist and sleep expert Ellen Vora, M.D., once told mbg.
Shedding layers (aka sleeping naked) can initiate that cool-down process, which can help you fall asleep more quickly.
2. Your sleep quality might improve—which can lead to other health benefits.
On the list of uncomfortable feelings, night sweats are pretty high up there. If you get too hot in the middle of the night, you’re more likely to toss, turn, and even wake up to take off a few layers.
3. It’s good for your skin.
Whether it’s by regulating temperature or preventing annoying tangled clothes, sleeping naked can promote better sleep and therefore healthier skin.
“I think, intuitively, we know that when our sleep suffers, our skin suffers,” board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., said during a mindbodygreen podcast episode.
By triggering the stress hormone and decreasing the amount of time spent in “recovery mode,” the skin is more at risk of becoming dry, dull, or acne-prone.
4. It may promote vaginal health.
For people with vaginas, sleeping nakHeed (or at least without underwear) can promote vaginal health by lowering the risk of developing yeast infections.
5. It might support male fertility.
A study published in the journal Human Reproduction, looked at 656 men seeking fertility treatment and found those wearing boxers had the highest sperm count compared to those wearing tight underwear …
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