Have you ever considered sleeping without your clothes on? You may have walked in on a person sleeping bare and you were wondering why they preferred to sleep au naturel. Most people prefer to sleep without clothes and there are several reasons why they love it that way.
Did you know that sleeping au naturel can lead to a happier and healthier relationship with your other half, and also improve your physical and mental well-being?
People who sleep without clothes can attest to some of the many benefits that can be derived from this practice. Outlined below are 7 things you will benefit if you ditch those heavy fabrics before going to bed:
1. You will sleep well
Although you may be accustomed to sleeping with your clothes on, and under cozy blankets, several researches suggest that cooler environs will lead to better sleep at night! So, get rid of those pajamas and enjoy a good night rest.
Researchers at the University of Amsterdam believe that lowering the temperature of the skin will improve the depth of your sleep and also reduces the number of times you wake up during the night.
2. Fresh skin and silky hair
Vital hormones like melatonin and somatotropin (i.e. growth hormone) which have anti-aging effects, are released while we sleep at night. Too much heat, or not sleeping well enough during the night can prevent the release of these hormones.
Melatonin regulates the human body’s natural circadian rhythm (or internal clock), and thus, controls you fall asleep and wake up. It also helps in regulating the activities of other hormones in the body.
Somatotropin on the other hand is responsible for cell reproduction and regeneration. This results to a fresher texture and silky glowing hair. Somatotropin also helps in strengthening the bones, regulates muscle mass and improves the body’s immune system.
3. Reduces stress
Stress can have negative effects on your body, especially if prolonged. When you stress yourself too much, you risk lowering your body’s ability to withstand disease, unregulated blood sugar levels, and reduced cognitive functions. You are also at risk of suffering from depression, and diseases like diabetes, obesity, or even heart diseases.
Cortisol is the stress hormone, and it is regulated while you sleep. Sleeping well at night helps your body to reset this hormone to moderate levels, thus eliminating unnecessary stress. Quality sleep can only be guaranteed when sleep au natural (without clothes).
4. Fit and healthy body
Did you know that cooling down at night can help you lose some extra weight? Your body consists of two kinds of fat. The brown fat which is keeps you warm by generating heat, and the white fat which you often have to lose by regular exercise.
Under low temperatures at night, when the body cools down, the brown fat at this point burns to warm the body. This process does not lead to significant weight loss, but you will gain weight if you don’t sleep well at night because more hunger hormones will be secreted in your body, thus making you to crave for food. (Those who skip nights can testify of their bad eating habits during such nights).
Furthermore, the accumulation of hormone cortisol due to lack of good sleep is likely to increase stomach fat.
5. Improvement in Relationships
Relationship with your other half can become better when you two sleep au naturel. This does not only enhance connection and security but also encourages the secretion of the ‘cuddle hormone’ which is known as oxytocin.
German researchers believe that this hormone is associated with attraction and monogamy. It helps to douse tensions that would otherwise lead to disagreements. You begin to trust better, love better as the bond between you two is further strengthened by the increased intimacy.
6. Higher Sperm Quality
Sleeping without clothes can also be beneficial to fertility in men. Too much heat at night may slow down the production of testosterone in males. Testosterone is vital for boosting libido, energy and muscle mass. It also stimulates the production of male reproductive cells called sperm.
7. No More Yeast Infections
When you sleep with your clothes, the loin area becomes warm and moist, making it a comfortable environment for yeast and bacteria to thrive in. This puts you at the risk of getting infected.
Inadequate ventilation around the groin could lead to increased yeast infection which in turn would result to rashes and itching. These uncomfortable conditions can be avoided by ditching those heavy clothes at night.