A while back, I wrote a piece about sleeping naked and to see if the benefits were real, I actually did start sleeping naked. It made sense at the time and it’s not like the little experiment was costing any money. While there were some things I couldn’t measure, there were some noticeable differences to sleeping naked.
1. I woke up feeling fresher
Since I started going to bed wearing nothing, I have begun waking up feeling fresher. I suspect that this is because I don’t sweat like I did sometimes when I slept with pajamas. It was particularly noticeable in the armpit and groin regions. It didn’t prevent all sweating or body odor but it was nice waking up not feeling like I’d been basting all night long.
2. I do less laundry
I still do laundry on my regular schedule but I have gone from two loads per week down to one. Since I don’t wear pajamas, that’s several shirts and pants that I don’t have to clean every week. This has reduced the amount of laundry I have to do and has thus lowered my water bill. Not by a lot but it was a noticeable amount.
3. I don’t get ready for bed until it’s actually bed time
Before I started sleeping naked, I used to put my pajamas on a couple of hours before bed. This kind of put me in the mood for sleep and was just more comfortable than my every day clothing. Now that I sleep naked, I wear my regular cloths pretty much all the way up until bed time because I can no longer justify wearing pajamas. This has motivated me on a couple of occasions to leave my house and do things when I otherwise might not have. Really the one who benefits most is McDonald’s because I’ve been fulfilling my late night smoothie addiction more often these days.
4. I have become more familiar with my own body
You really would be surprised how much you learn about yourself when you sleep naked. I have a mole on my leg I honestly didn’t know about. I’m more familiar with my body proportions. It’s actually helped me plan things like workouts because I know what my body looks like without cloths on to make me look slimmer or to cover up potential problem zones. It’s kinda nice getting to know the body I walk around with all day.
5. I’ve been cuddling my girlfriend more often
Of course since I go to bed naked every night it was pretty easy to convince the girlfriend to do the same. I’ve found that we cuddle more often. It seems genuinely more enjoyable and you just feel closer when you’re naked than clothed. Of course, the added benefit is that without cloths you feel cooler and the warmth of cuddling is more enjoyable instead of a nuisance like it is when you have cloths on. We’ve been sleeping closer and waking up happier and it’s actually improved our relationship a little bit.
6. I’ve been getting better sleep
Without cloths on I have less distractions at night. The shirt getting tangled in the sheets is a problem of the passed. Rolling over wrong and twisting my pants around my waist is an issue I said good riddance to. Without these distractions, I have been going to sleep faster and sleeping better. It also helps that I’m cooler when i sleep and that means my body temperature stays lower which makes my comforter comfortable instead of stifling. That’s been helpful.
7. No more body acne
Admittedly I get acne on my body sometimes. Namely my shoulders, upper back, and upper chest area. Since I’ve slept naked, I’ve noticed less acne. I suspect this is because sleeping naked helps improve your skin thanks to the better production of growth hormone and other hormones. However, it’s equally likely that sweating less and exposing my body to more air during sleep has contributed quite a bit as well. In either case, I have clearer skin and I’m happy about it.
8. I’m looking forward to bed time
During a long, rough day I have found that my mind is wandering to my cool sheets covering my body. Before I liked going to bed and when I went to bed it felt nice but it’s an altogether different feeling to look forward to going to bed, curling up with a good book, going au naturel, and enjoying the cool, comfortable confines of my bed. I believe this has also contributed to my improved sleep too.
9. I’m more hydrated every morning
Another benefit of being cooler at night and not sweating so much is that I’m not running to the kitchen to get a drink of water first thing in the morning. My mouth isn’t as dry (and therefore, my morning breath is actually not as bad either) and I don’t wake up feeling like I need some Gatorade to get my day started.
10. I feel better about myself
When you add up all these experiences, it’s easy to see why all this is making me feel better about myself. I have less acne, better sleep, I’m spending less money, I’m getting a long better with the girlfriend, and I’m more comfortable in my own skin. I don’t believe this will change anyone’s entire outlook on life but there seems to be a bit more of a bounce in my step compared to a month ago and that extra bounce has been enjoyable.
If you don’t sleep naked, I highly recommend that you give it a try. The first few nights may not garner many changes but if you give it a few weeks you’ll start to notice some differences. It’s fun and it feels good.
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