Sleeping Naked – The Surprising Benefits To Sleeping Nude

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What does your nighttime routine look like? Do you change out of your daytime clothes into a comfortable T-shirt or even something a bit sexy? Perhaps you like to sleep in just your panties? Maybe you’re like the 1 in 5 Americans who sleeps naked. Although they’re certainly in the minority, there are quite a few benefits of sleeping naked. These perks to sleeping in the buff might even sway you to give it a try, too!

The Surprising Benefits of Sleeping Naked

You might expect this post to be all about how sexy it can be to sleep naked — and it doesn’t take any effort at all to be sexy!. You’re right that this is definitely one of the reasons we recommend giving the practice a try, but it’s not the only reason. For many women, and even some men, sleeping in clothes isn’t as comfortable as they’d like.

How many times have you woken up with pants legs riding up to your knees or extra fabric twisted this way and that? There’s no reason you have to deal with these things, however. You can just ditch those night clothes all together! That’s less laundry to do at the end of the week and less time spent changing in and out of your night clothes, but this is just one of the benefits of sleeping naked.

When you sleep naked, you allow your skin to breathe. This is especially true if you tend to wear synthetic fabrics such as nylon or spandex. As a woman, your vulva and private bits can become quite warm when swaddled in layers of cloth. This increases the chance of unpleasant smell and infection, especially if you are active and live in a hot environment.

Bacteria already exist, but hot, sweaty and enclosed conditions help them to take over your vagina. Consider showering before bed and allowing yourself to air dry, free of the encumbrance of clothing, while you drift peacefully off to sleep.

One study by the U.S. National Sleep Foundation even found that our bodies tend to burn more calories when sleeping naked, and who doesn’t like the idea of that? This is because your body is generating more heat.

Obviously, if it’s the middle of a frigid winter, you’ll want to bundle up as much as possible. Even shared body heat can’t compete when the temperatures are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s almost -20 degrees Celcius!). But if it’s just cool enough that you can comfortably sleep naked, why not give it a try?

On the other hand, shedding those extra layers when it’s summer time and you’re bound to overheat can help you get better sleep according to one 2008 study. Subjects of the study who were likely to overheat got lower quality sleep because their body’s core temperature remained above the optimal state. Let your air conditioner or fan take a break by simply slipping out of those constricting PJs!

Similarly, ensuring that your room remains at 70 degrees Fahrenheit or below can help you look younger for longer and perform better athletically by fostering the growth hormone and melatonin in the proper environment. Perhaps it wasn’t just Chanel No. 5 that helped keep Marilyn Monroe so beautiful after all! While she was sleeping naked, she was truly getting beauty sleep.

Increase Intimacy When Sleeping Naked

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Obviously, you’ll get more skin-to-skin contact with your partner if you share the bed and sleep naked. Even if only one of you sleeps in the nude, you’ll be able to increase intimacy in a passive way as you prepare to go to bed and finally fall asleep. It’s the same reason why physical contact such as cuddling is so good for intimacy in your relationship.

The same study by the  U.S. National Sleep Foundation also showed a link between sleeping nude and lowered blood pressure. This is because being close to your partner encourages your body to create oxytocin, the cuddle hormone. This chemical helps to keep you relax and lower blood pressure. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out how sleeping in the naked can lead to increased arousal and accessibility. There’s no pajamas or underwear to deal with when you’re already naked. Just slide closer to your partner to take advantage of his morning wood before he’s awake. Or place his hand anywhere on your body in the wee morning hours to start the day off right. Maybe the two of you can try a sensual massage since you’re already naked!

The same benefit also applies to your own masturbation. Even if you sleep alone, clothing can be a hindrance to orgasmic release, especially if you’re tired after a long day of work or taking care of the kids. When there’s literally nothing between you and your most sensitive spots, there’s no excuse not to have an orgasm. Plus, masturbation before bedtime helps many women fall asleep faster and easier!

Should You Always Sleep Naked?

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You don’t have to ditch your clothes in one fell swoop if you’re not comfortable with that, however. You can work your way down by switching to a comfortable camisole and your panties. Remove the camisole after a few days or weeks. Finally, you can ditch your underwear when you’re comfortable enough to sleep in your birthday suit!

Of course, sleeping naked might not work for you all the time. For instance, you’ll want to throw something on if you have housemates when you’re running to the bathroom.

And being caught unaware when the mailman shows up at your door is only sexy in cheesy porn. Furthermore, you might want to slip on a comfortable pair of panties if it’s that time of the month and you want to keep your linens pristine. However, a menstrual cup can also help eliminate the mess of your period better than tampons or pads if you’re comfortable wearing it. Menstrual cups also let you have sex on your period.

For some people, wearing pajamas or underwear to bed helps their sheets and blankets feel cleaner for longer, so you might wind up washing linens more often if you do go nude. It’s up to you and your personal preferences, however.

Related: How to take good nudes.

Finally, you might want to reconsider sleeping naked with a new partner. If the idea is foreign to them, it might be more weird than sexy. He might prefer lingerie, and you can find out how to wow him with lingerie in this guide. On the other hand, you might bring up the topic by asking what he thinks about women who like sleeping naked. It’s a good way to get to know a new partner and might prove exciting to both of you!

There’s nothing wrong with comfortable PJs, especially on cold winter nights, but you might be surprised how comfortable sleeping in the buff can be along with all the other benefits of sleeping naked. When you factor in the intimacy of being close to your partner with nothing between your skin, your sex life can get a boost, too!

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