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10 Good Changes During My One-Month Experiment Of Sleeping Naked

10 Good Changes During My One-Month Experiment Of Sleeping Naked

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    5. I’ve been cuddling my girlfriend more often

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      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.

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      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

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        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.

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        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.

        Featured photo credit: WH Static via pad2.whstatic.com

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        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

        In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

        Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

        Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

        Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

        Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

        The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

        There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

        How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

        According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

        Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

        Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

        The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

        Listen carefully:

        We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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        The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

        Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

        8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

        There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

        Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

        1. Pray Daily

        You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

        When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

        Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

        Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

        2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

        A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

        By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

        Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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        If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

        This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

        How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

        3. Smile Often

        Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

        Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

        Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

        The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

        4. Organize Your Working Desk

        A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

        When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

        Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

        Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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        5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

        I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

        Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

        What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

        6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

        God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

        I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

        I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

        7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

        You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

        How do you do that? This is my formula:

        First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

        If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

        If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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        If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

        Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

        8. Go Exercise

        Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

        The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

        You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

        12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

        The Bottom Line

        It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

        It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

        Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

        More Resources About Mindfulness

        Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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