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?
Is it healthier to sleep naked?
Sleeping naked can speed up the body’s natural cool-down process, which helps you not only fall asleep faster but also stay asleep. High-quality sleep leads to health benefits, like reduced stress, increased immunity, and improved metabolic health. Sleeping in the nude, alone or with a partner, can also bolster self-esteem, intimacy, and more.
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.
Sleeping naked from the start eliminates a layer of clothing that could make you too warm, functional medicine doctor and OB/GYN Wendie Trubow, M.D., tells mbg. This can promote higher-quality sleep throughout the night, which leads to further health benefits, like:
- Stress reduction: Studies have shown that sleep loss can lead to an increase in the stress hormone cortisol the next evening. Stress and anxiety, on top of lack of sleep, can also lead to mood changes and poor cognitive performance.
- Improved metabolism: A study published in the journal Diabetes Care says irregular sleep patterns can increase the risk of metabolic disorders like obesity, hypertension, high blood sugar, and high cholesterol.
- Immune support: Sleep is essential for immune functioning. Integrative immunologist Heather Moday, M.D., once wrote, “While our body is resting, the immune system cells can also focus all efforts and energy on a strong attack against viruses and bacteria.”
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.
Source: mbg health
Original publication 31 December, 2020
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