With summer now on our doorstep, those winter PJs can be shoved to the back of the drawer and forgotten about for a few months.
But did you know that sleeping naked could actually be better for you?
Various studies have been conducted over the years and experts believe that baring all beneath the covers could help lower your stress levels and even lead to weight loss.
Here are 5 reasons why you might want to get your kit off tonight:
1. Sleep like a baby
While you can’t beat that feeling of being all wrapped up and cosy in bed, scientists have found it is actually better for the body to be kept cool throughout the night. Along with the benefits listed below, it can help beat insomnia – as a cooler body tends to fall asleep quicker than a hot one. Dr Cameron Van den Heuvel, from the University of Australia, says: “About one to one and a half hours before falling sleep, the body starts to lose heat from its central core and that brings on increased feelings of tiredness in normal healthy adults. These physiological changes happen well before going to bed and may be occurring before people realise them.”
2. Farewell, fungus!
Sleeping in the buff means more air circulating around your body. To put it bluntly, this means those oh so private areas that are kept under wraps for most of the day can finally get an airing. Studies have found this can help lower the chances of skin complaints such as yeast infections in women and Athlete’s Foot. Dr Sarah Brewer, a GP, recently told Mail Online: “Keeping the area cool, dry, clean and ‘aired’ at night will help to reduce the overheating that promotes this – especially in summer.”
3. Look younger for longer
Keeping cool encourages the body to regulate its melatonin (a chemical which controls your sleep and wake cycles) and its growth hormone levels. These hormones in particular keep you looking youthful for longer thanks to their anti-ageing benefits, so it’s wise to keep them under control!
4. So long, stress
Another hormone that is regulated while we sleep is cortisol – also dubbed ‘The Stress Hormone’. The better the quality of sleep we have, the greater the chance of our cortisol levels being reset after a busy day. As a result, feelings of anxiety can lessen and the body and mind is more able to cope with minor stresses the following day.
5. Weight loss wonders
In 2014, experts in the US discovered that sleeping naked could actually lead the body to burn more calories. After asking a group of male volunteers to get some shut-eye at various temperatures, they made a discovery. Those that slept at a cooler temperature for a month saw their metabolic rate increase. Professor Francesco S. Celi told the New York Times: “These were all healthy young men to start with, but just by sleeping in a colder room, they gained metabolic advantages that could, over time, lessen their risk for diabetes and other metabolic problems.”
What are you waiting for?