8 Reasons To Sleep Totally Naked Tonight, According To Science

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Is Sleeping Naked Healthy? Yes, Says Science, And Here's Why

So lose the PJs and put on your birthday suit!

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. But is sleeping naked healthy? Well, it turns out it's fine.

Whatever your reason for sleeping in the nude, there are a lot of reasons to consider making it a habit.

1. It clears your 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.

2. It regulates your hormones.

Sleeping naked can help regulate your cortisol levels because your body remains cooler than when it's clothed. 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. It gives 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, a clinical sexologist.

4. It boosts your self-esteem.

The more time you spend naked, the more comfortable you’ll feel in your skin overall. Walk around naked more often, and it may make being naked so comfortable that you won't feel shy next time you are with a partner.

5. It helps you sleep better. 

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.

6. It makes you 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. It reduces your stress levels.

Sleeping naked regulates cortisol, a stress hormone, lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and lessening PMS symptoms.

8. It repairs 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. 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.

So, is sleeping naked healthy? We'd say so, considering all the benefits it has for your health. So the next time you're thinking of putting on your nightgown, hop into bed in your birthday suit.

Still not convinced that sleeping naked is good for you? Check out the video below for both sides:


Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at alywalansky@gmail.com.