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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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        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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