Going to bed in the buff?!
While it might initially seem like an odd or even lascivious thing to do, research suggests that it’s actually healthy for you, who knew? If you really want to reap the benefits of sleeping without clothes, however, you have to do it the right way. Read on for the dos and don’ts of sleeping in your birthday suit!
What are the benefits of sleeping naked?
Sleeping naked is healthy for several reasons:
- You’ll sleep better and faster: If you sleep in a warm room, you can end up tossing and turning all night without getting a wink of sleep. That’s because your body uses external cues, like light and temperature, to know when to release sleep hormones. Sleeping naked keeps your body cooler, making your brain sends the message that it’s time to fall asleep. Sleep science suggests that the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep is around 60 to 67°F (15.6 to 19.4°C) (1). Turn that AC down!
- It can keep you healthier: Sleep is necessary for recharging both your body and mind. The effects of lack of sleep can be debilitating at best and dangerous at worst. (2) So, if sleeping in the nude helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, why not do it in the name of good health?
- Reduces stress, boosts intimacy: If you’re living with your SO, sleeping in the nude can be great for the both of you! Consensual skin-to-skin contact has a relaxing effect on your body, because it triggers the release of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. This hormone can reduce stress and anxiety and promotes feelings of safety and contentment. (3)
- It can give you better skin: Dermatologists are of the opinion that sleeping naked gives your skin a chance to breathe, reducing your susceptibility to skin rashes, pimples and even body odour. It can also contribute to tissue revival, helping your skin regenerate from any damage it has experienced.
- It regulates melatonin and growth hormone levels: When you have a heathy sleep routine, your body releases sufficient amounts of melatonin and growth hormones. Melatonin aids sound sleep, while growth hormones help with cell restoration and regeneration and are necessary for overall health.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try consuming a sleep supplement. Setu’s mint-flavoured melatonin supplement helps your body get the right amount of melatonin it needs to drift off to sleep. It’s also non-habit forming, so you can consume it safely and without worry.
- Strengthens metabolism: When you sleep in lower temperatures, or when your body feels cold, it starts producing more brown fat to generate heat. Brown fat helps your body stay warm by burning fat molecules. Researchers believe that the power of brown fat can be used to treat obesity and metabolic disorders. (4).
When the benefits of sleeping naked are so many, why not give it a shot?
Things to consider before sleeping naked
Hold your horses—and your pants. Before sleeping naked, keep these things in mind so that your experience is pleasurable rather than painful.
The first and most important step is to invest in more bedsheets, as you’ll need to change them often if your bare body is in contact with them. Make sure you’re using high-quality sheets so that you don’t suffer chafing or rashes. Also try to take a warm or cool shower before hitting the sack so that you don’t bring the day’s dirt into bed with you.
More tips to start sleeping without clothes
Are you ready to say goodbye to your pyjamas? Follow these steps to do it right.
- Take it slow: Maybe don’t go full Monty on day one. Your body needs to get used to sleeping without clothes. Start by shedding one item of clothing, and if you’re adjusting well, dare to bare more. Move on to sleeping in your innerwear for a few days and then go all in, or rather, take it all off!
- Talk, don’t shock: If you’re sharing the room with your partner, it’s a good idea to let them know what’s on your mind. A lack of communication on this front could lead to a good laugh or, worse yet, startled silence.
- Temperature matters: Keep the room at a cool and pleasant temperature so that you don’t sweat. Sweat dripping down bare skin is an uncomfortable sensation and can dirty your sheets.
- Sleeping naked is no magic pill: Ensure that you get the required 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep to reap the full benefits of this practice. If you don’t get sufficient sleep, it won’t matter whether you sleep with your clothes on or off—you’ll still wake up feeling tired and cranky. Follow our tips to regulate your sleep cycle and enjoy sound sleep.
- Cold intolerant?: If you’re sensitive to cold, having a warm shower before bed might help you feel warm even after hitting bed. You could also sleep with a pair of socks on, on cover your hands and ears to stay warm while you sleep.
- What if I can’t sleep naked?: Certain situations like sharing a room with a roommate or sibling may not permit you to sleep naked. In this case try going to sleep in sleepwear made of natural fibres like wool, silk, or cotton. Pyjamas made of natural fibres help reduce your night time body temperature and can be the next best thing to being nude. You can also try wearing loose pair of underwear which will have similar benefits.
Sleeping naked is healthy, but not the cure to all your sleep issues. If you maintain good sleep hygiene, sleeping naked can improve the quality of your sleep. The health benefits of sleeping naked are plenty, so don’t be afraid to give it a try.
1) Are there any other ways to sleep faster?
Make sure to keep your bedtime and wake-up time consistent. Avoid sleeping in the afternoon. Stay off all your gadgets 1 hour before bed time. Practice healthy night rituals like light reading and deep breathing instead.
2) What if I feel too cold when sleeping naked?
Never push yourself to do something that doesn’t feel right. Obey your body’s cues and stop the practice, or opt for lighter, thinner clothes that make you feel more comfortable.
3) What is the best bedding to sleep naked on?
Choose sheets made with organic fibres. This prevents your naked skin from being exposed to any chemicals. (5) Also make sure you wash your bedding regularly, and see that your mattress is vacuum-cleaned periodically to remove dust.
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