Had a hot date and fell asleep naked? Dragged yourself out of the shower and don’t have the energy to put pajamas on? It’s happened to all of us — and turns out it’s fine. Whatever your reason, there’s a lot of reason to consider making a habit of sleeping naked!
1. You’ll have better skin. It’s good for your skin, which likes to breathe, says Jenny Block, author of Oh Wow: Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm. Especially if you tend to sweat at night, sleeping sans clothes can be a great idea. Wet, constricted skin leads to breakouts and fun stuff like athlete’s foot. (Just consider the tragedies we see at the gym!)
2. You’ll regulate your hormones. Sleeping naked can help regulate your cortisol levels because your body remains cooler than when it’s clothed, says Block. Cortisol can creep up when the body gets too warm, leading to anxiety, food cravings, and weight gain. It can also manage your melatonin and growth hormone levels — again, by keeping you cooler — which helps to keep you younger longer.
3. You’ll give your vagina room to breathe. The vagina has a climate much like that of a tropical rain forest. Constantly being closed up and covered is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, says Dr. Laura Bennett-Cook, clinical sexologist.
4. More comfortable in your own skin = better self-esteem. The more time you spend naked, the more comfortable you’ll feel in your skin overall, says Bennett-Cook. Walk around naked more often, it may make being naked so comfortable you won’t feel shy next time you are with a partner!
5. You’ll get a better night’s sleep. Not getting tangled up in clothing makes for a more comfortable night’s rest. A better night’s sleep makes for a better day ahead, Bennett-Cook says.
6. You’ll feel happier. For those who don’t sleep solo, enjoying skin-on-skin contact with your partner on a consistent basis increases the release of oxytocin. “Oxytocin is the feel good hormone which boosts our mood and make us happier overall,” says Bennett-Cook.
7. You’ll reduce stress. Sleeping naked regulates cortisol, a stress hormone, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and lessening PMS symptoms, says Katrina “Rainsong” Messenger.
8. You’ll repair your body. Sleeping in clothes prevents the release of HGH, the growth hormone. This hormone is responsible for doing body repairs like stimulating all your vital organs (even your brain!) in the middle of the night, says Messenger. This lowers your risk of everything from heart disease to diabetes. It also stimulates the immune system, meaning you’ll wake up healthier — and stay healthy longer.
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