28th May 2022
5 Reasons Why You Should Sleep in the Nude
If you don't already sleep naked, it may be time to give it a try. Some people believe that sleeping naked can improve health and wellness in a variety of ways.
1. Feel more connected to your partner. Sleeping together naked creates more opportunities for skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This contact releases copious amounts of oxytocin, the “love hormone”, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other. This increased oxytocin can make you feel more connected to your partner and can therefore lead to a more active love life.
2. Fall Asleep Faster and Deeper. Temperature makes a big difference to the quality of your sleep. The ideal room temperature is somewhere between 60 and 68F (or 15-19°C). Sleeping naked can initiate that cool-down process and help your body lower its temperature faster, hence shortening your sleep onset and increasing the percentage of deep sleep throughout the night.
In contrast, sleeping in a hot environment has been shown to increase wakefulness. If your skin starts to overheat, even just a little bit, you’re more likely to wake up too soon. Overheating can also disrupt your REM cycle and decreases slow wave sleep.
'Sleeping naked is an easy way to keep your skin temperature down without changing the room’s temperature, helping to improve your sleep quality.'
3. Boost Metabolism. If sleeping naked helps you to stay asleep longer, this in turn can help to reduce your risk of obesity and weight gain. Adults who sleep 5 hours per night or less are more likely to gain significant amounts of weight compared to those who sleep 7 hours or more.
Furthermore, sleeping at a lower temperature causes your body to produce more brown fat, which is considered "good" fat. Your body can use it as an energy source, unlike white fat, which is stored in fat tissue and can lead to conditions like obesity and diabetes.
A 2014 study published in the Diabetes Journal reported that a group of men who slept in a cooler environment (18°C compared to 23°C in the control group) had increased amounts of brown fat. Although the study was conducted on healthy individuals, scientists believe that the results can be used when creating a treatment for pre-diabetes and helping obese people reduce weight.
4. Anti-Ageing benefits. Melatonin is the body's most crucial anti-aging hormone. It is released at night after exposure to total darkness, and reportedly, more is released from the body in a cold room rather than in warmer temperatures. Also, in direct response to a cooler room, the body will pump out elevated levels of human growth hormone (HGH), another critical anti-aging hormone. As greater amounts of these hormones are released into the body, you will look, and even feel, younger.
5. May boost Self-Esteem. Studies suggest that the practice of sleeping naked and spending more time naked could help you feel more attractive and appreciate your body more. Over time, as you become more comfortable in your own skin, you’ll experience an increase in self-acceptance and self-esteem, and this will boost your confidence.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to get your kit off, a University of Melbourne study found that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more often than their less confident counterparts!