All The Ways Sleeping Naked Will Improve Your Life, According To Science
The Debrief: Including your sex life. Obvs.
Let’s face it, there are very few of us who bother wearing pyjamas to bed. And I’m talking actual pyjamas. The kind that come in a set, were purchased in the nightwear section and are physically labelled ‘pyjamas’.
On a good day when there’s more than a 30 second interval between arriving home and being crawling into bed, I’ll probably tuck myself in wearing my boyfriend’s dirty gym top (don’t judge me, you definitely do it too) and some shorts from a pj set my grandparents bought me a few Christmas’s ago. Pretty standard, right?
But now it looks like my go-to comfies are out the window because according to science, sleeping naked is so much better for you.
According to Psychology Today, ‘sleeping naked can be good for your relationship, your health and the quality of your sleep’. Sounds pretty perfect right?
Okay, you might be thinking that sleeping naked will help your relationship is a bit of a no-brainer: you naked + them naked + bed = congratulations sex is probably on the cards. But it turns out that there’s actually a bit more too it than, you know, the sex.
You know how whenever you have physical contact with someone (normally someone you actually kinda fancy a lot) you feel all tingly and mushy inside? That feeling’s down to our old pal oxytocin, that hormone that gives us ‘feelings of trust, ease and stability between partners’. It’s also known to reduce stress and anxiety levels, and if you’re in a long term relationship, this oxytocin boost could re-light that flame of attraction between you and your partner. It’s pretty much a win for everyone.
It looks like the miracle of sleeping in the buff can also help with weight loss too. Ever heard of brown fat? No, us neither. But apparently it’s the type of fat that burns calories instead of storing it like regular old fat does. Babies have it to help them keep warm and scientists have found that adults might have it too. It looks like they’re still trying to work out how brown fat works in us grown ups, but keeping cool when you sleep might just help it get to work.
Okay, so you’re not necessarily going to wake up a brand new woman after sleeping naked for a couple of nights, BUT who wouldn’t want to take their clothes off and give it a go when at the very least, keeping your temperature down in bed can help you sleep better. I’m already planning what I’m not going to wear tonight.
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