Do you favour cosy pyjamas, an oversized t-shirt or nothing but your birthday suit when you go to bed? After reading this article and discovering the benefits of sleeping naked, you’re likely to favour the latter.
With only 8% of people reported to sleep naked, many have yet to discover the benefits. Let’s take a look at why you should start going to bed in the buff.
1. You will sleep better if you’re naked
We all know that getting good quality sleep is crucial. In fact, research from the University of Rochester has shown that when you sleep your brain removes toxic proteins from its neurons that are by-products of neural activity when you’re awake. If you’re not getting good quality sleep, these toxic proteins will remain in your brain cells and will impair your ability to think. You will be less able to process information, solve problems, be creative and your emotional reactivity will increase.
So, where does sleeping naked factor into this? Well, researchers at the University of Amsterdam found that lowering your skin temperature has the effect of increasing the depth of your sleep and decreasing the number of times you wake up in the night.
2. You will reduce stress
Being stressed out is bad for us. It can:
- Suppress your immune system
- Increase risk of heart disease, depression and obesity
- Decrease your cognitive performance
- Interfere with cortisol levels
Getting proper rest will help to restore cortisol levels to normal which will automatically decrease stress despite what’s happening around you. If sleeping naked will help you to get a better night’s sleep, that also means it will help you to reduce stress.
3. You will be healthier
One of the many benefits of sleeping naked includes helping you to speed the body’s metabolism and lose weight. The US National Institutes of Health conducted a study that found that keeping yourself cool whilst you sleep speeds up your metabolism as your body creates more brown fat to keep you warm. But wait, isn’t fat bad?
Brown fat burns calories to produce heat and it can actually generate 300 times more heat than any other organ in the body. This has the effect of boosting your metabolism for the entire day which will help you to lose weight. Additionally, sleeping naked improves blood circulation which is great for your muscles and heart. Good quality sleep also increases the release of melatonin and growth hormone which both have anti-ageing benefits.
4. You will be more confident
Feeling confident doesn’t just feel good, it also plays an important role in your success. With high confidence, you are more likely to try new things, tackle challenges and be resilient even when faced with adversity. According to a study by the University of Melbourne, confident people are more likely to win promotions and earn higher salaries.
Sleeping naked will help you to feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin. The boost to your self-esteem should seep through to different areas of your life and help you to feel good and achieve more!
What do you think about the benefits of sleeping naked? Will you be giving it a go? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.