I’ve never been one who enjoys the constrictive nature of clothes. This started at a very young age. When my mom threw me birthday parties as a kid, she’d put me in a gorgeous princess dress that any normal girl would love, and the minute she turned around, I’d rip it off and ride my rocking horse bare-backed. As I got older, I finally agreed to keep my dresses on in public, but would often go commando because feeling the air swirl up there felt better than eating ice cream on the beach.
There’s an unmatchable freedom that comes with letting it all hang out. Just thinking about it makes me long for the time when I could pull my dress over my head in front of everyone and not be judged. But, low and behold, after a little research, I discovered nudity can actually lead to improved emotional and physical health. Told you, Mrs. Lincoln, homeroom really should’ve been naked time.
There have been several studies on the benefits of sleeping naked, and yet according to a national survey, only 8 percent of Americans do it! This was hard for me to come to terms with because aside from the fact that the majority of our nation has no idea how fantastic sheets feel on bare skin, it can help you sleep better, lose weight and even improve your relationship. This got me thinking, if sleeping naked can enhance my life so significantly, what if I spent more time naked on a day-to-day basis? Could it possibly make a difference in just one week?
I spoke with Dr. Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills relationship psychotherapist, author of The Self-Aware Parent and co-star on WE TV’s new show Sex Box, and she thought it was a great idea, as long as my boyfriend (who I live with) was willing to go along with it. She told me, “sleeping naked can be good for your health because it can reduce blood pressure. It can also be a wonderful antidote to stress and depression.” Dr. Fran’s done a bit of naked experimentation herself and said, “the more I walk around naked, the more I become more familiar, more comfortable, and the more things I can like about my body.” All this made me that much more excited to try it out myself.
Thus, began my week-long naked study where anytime I was home, I’d lose all the clothes and carry on life like normal. Here’s what transpired and what you’ll learn if you try it, too.
Original publication 23 March, 2015
Posted on NatCorn 22nd April 2020
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