Believe it or not, stripping down before bed might be a way to improve your brain health. Over the past decade, research has suggested that getting a good night’s rest sans pajamas is connected to a multitude of health benefits.
In a study done at the University of Amsterdam, researchers found that by lowering your skin temperature before bed you will have a deeper sleep and wake up less often in the middle of the night. Think of the last night you had a good night’s rest in an uncomfortably warm room—yeah, we can’t say that we have ever experienced that either.
A deeper sleep removes toxic proteins in which brain neurons produce during the day resulting from regular brain activity. The flushing of these proteins can only be done through an adequate amount of deep sleep.
Have you ever woken up feeling foggy and like your brain can’t move as fast as you want it to? The simple solution might be a little less clothing.
During rest periods, your body naturally regulates cortisol levels, most commonly known as the stress hormone. However, if this regulation is interrupted by lack of sleep there are a multitude of annoying effects that can wreak havoc on the body if it carries on unsolved. Lack of sleep can cause one to experience headaches, a weakened immune system, stomach and body aches, high blood sugar, low sex drive and infertility in addition to other potential problems.
As college students, we all understand how life can get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Maybe you are backed up on school assignments or it’s your best friend’s 21st, so sometimes getting the desired eight to nine hours of proper sleep is not always an option. However, by optimizing the nights where you are in the position to provide yourself with adequate sleep is an absolute game-changer.
By getting more nights of deep sleep you will notice positive changes in your body such as weight loss, improved blood circulation and hormone regulation. If sleeping naked can help those things it is definitely worth a shot.
In addition, sleeping in your birthday suit can also be considered a method to boost your confidence. This study concluded that spending a small portion of your day naked can improve your body image and self-esteem. Couples that sleep naked together also have found they have a better relationship and a better sex life as well.
The moral of the story is that the next time you find yourself out shopping for new sleepwear, consider directing your money toward a new pillowcase or cozy blanket and naming your birthday suit as your new default pajama set.