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APRIL 13, 2015 by KAREN FOSTER
10 Reasons To Sleep Naked


From a deeper sleep to boosting skin health and even reducing body fat, there is more than one reason you should be sleeping naked.

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1. You'll get a much deeper sleep.

Don't take it from me, take it from The American Academy of Sleep Medicine:

Your body naturally drops in temperature when you sleep deeply. Covering your body with cozy pajamas could disrupt your natural ability to cool down, and thus, get a good night's rest. The most serious side of this is that if your body can't cool down, you become susceptible to insomnia. So, for a sound sleep's sake, it's best to strip down.


2. You'll get to air it all out.

Dr. Jennifer Landa, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, tells women everywhere that sleeping naked is beneficial for their vagina's health.

Think about it: without the suffocating confinement of clothes, your vagina has some necessary aeration time. This helps to keep things dry and healthy, thus preventing bacteria or yeast overgrowth in the process.


3. You'll burn extra calories and cut your risk of diabetes.

Here is a two-for-one: simply stripping down and sleeping in a slightly chilly bedroom can: 1) reduce stored energy that turns into fat, 2) reduce your risk of developing diabetes. However, please note that chilly means chilly--not cold. Sleeping in a cold bedroom, like the igloo-set-up below, can actually have adverse effects.


4. You'll boost your skin's health.

While you sleep, your skin goes to work.

When you reach a deep sleep, skin regeneration increases, meaning collagen production is raised and free radicals are destroyed. None of this can happen effectively if you are suffocating your skin cells. So strip down for healthier skin!


5. You'll actually reduce your belly fat.

Despite how it sounds, this is not too good to be true.

According to the Huffington Post, the perfect night's sleep consists of two cycles being reached: in the first cycle (10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.), your body recuperates from the day by lowering cortisol levels; in the second stage (2:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.), your body increases corisol levels in preparation for the day's needs.

Now, when something--like getting tangled in your clothes--disrupts your sleep cycle, you are waking up to abnormally high levels of cortisol in your system. Your sleep cycles have not been completed. As a result, all that excess cortisol revs up your appetite the next day. And, well, you know what happens when those cravings hit and you haven't had a good night's sleep.

Here are just some of the other side effects of excess cortisol: weakened immune system, raised blood pressure, raised cholesterol, lowered libido, thyroid disease, etc.


6. You'll feel sexier.

The sheets against your soft skin, the feel of flesh-on-flesh, no constrictions...don't you feel sexier already?

Going to bed au naturel reconnects you with yourself. You'll be surprised how sexy said connection can make you feel.


7. You'll bounce back from that workout faster.

Can you really sleep your way to a better body composition? Yes!

The Huffington Post tells us that wearing clothes and heavy blankets to bed impedes the release of Human Growth Hormone (HGH). In effect, wearing pajamas makes it harder for us to repair tissues, build muscle and ultimately achieve a healthier body composition.


8. You'll be happier together.

Chances are if you're sleeping naked with your partner, you're going to experience some flesh-on-flesh action. This skin-to-skin touching increases natural levels of oxytocin, making both of you feel happier. Read more about the benefits sleeping naked has for your relationship here.


9. You'll boost your level of anti-aging hormones.

Both melatonin and the aforementioned Human Growth Hormone are considered anti-aging hormones. Thus, in the same way too much heat can disrupt your natural sleep cycle and healthy cortisol levels, it can decrease your levels of natural anti-agers, too. Thus, in order to protect that skin, you've got to bare it for bedtime. You won't be disappointed.


10. It's Easier

When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

Sources:
dailymail.co.uk
medicaldaily.com
diply.com
huffingtonpost.ca
sleepdex.org
journalsleep.org

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