You might remember the words to the old camp song about a favorite pair of pink pajamas.
“I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it’s hot. I wear my pink pajamas in the winter when it’s not. And sometimes in the spring, and sometimes in the fall, I jump right into bed with nothing on at all.”
It’s a silly song that’s stood the test of time. But new research suggests that sleeping in the nude may actually come with important health benefits that can help regulate hormones, aid* in weight loss*, improve* sleep habits, and bonding with your partner. Forget about shopping for a new pair of pajamas and slip into your birthday suit when it’s time to call it a night.
Sleeping in the Nude Contributes to Weight Loss
If you’re bundled up in pajamas and covered in blankets, your body will maintain a higher temperature than when you’re in the nude. And new research shows that your body needs to be slightly cooler during sleep to effective produce* hormones that aid* in weight loss*. Sleep in the nude and your body temperature will cool slightly to release growth hormones that help repair muscle tissue and cell damage, lower blood pressure, aid* in weight loss* and weight management, and improve* bone density.
How The Body Reacts to Sleeping in The Nude
Go to bed in your birthday suit, and your body temperature will drop slightly. This natural reaction helps increase* melatonin to promote sleep. You should aim to sleep 7 to 9 hours a night for best health, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Yet most Americans don’t.
It’s one reason an estimated 70 percent of adults are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control* and Prevention. And that’s a problem. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces* excess levels of the hormone cortisol. Higher levels of cortisol can slow your metabolism and at the same time increase* your appetite. It’s a recipe for weight gain and obesity. Go to sleep in the nude to keep your body temperature cool to promote a good night’s sleep, and you’re less* likely to have a spike in cortisol levels.
Better* Sleep Improves* Hormonal Balance
Sleeping in the nude helps regulate body temperature and improve* the quality of your sleep. Adequate sleep works like hitting the reset button on your hormones. Researchers at the University of Warwick found that hormonal imbalances caused by lack of sleep may be linked to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even early death.
Sleep Naked to Reduce* Belly Fat
Levels of the hormone cortisol are of particular interest to researchers who study weight-related issues. Sleep in the nude at night, and your body temperature will cool and help you get a decent amount of sleep. For most people, from about 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., your cortisol levels are at their lowest. But by 4 a.m., cortisol levels began to rise to help you naturally wake up and prepare for the day ahead. Get adequate sleep, and you’ll wake up feeling energized and refreshed. In addition, your body will also be able to control* cortisol levels better*. This is important because it will allow your metabolism to function properly to help you lose* weight, and you will be less* likely to feel hungry and go for high-calorie comfort foods to satisfy your appetite. Get adequate sleep and you’ll be more likely to lose* weight by being able to control* your cravings and keep your metabolism revved up by eating small meals throughout the day and getting regular exercise.
Sleep Naked for Better* Sex
Sleeping in the nude leaves little to the imagination when it comes to sex. But there’s more to skin-to-skin contact than just the pleasure of intercourse. Sleeping in the nude next to your partner increases* oxytocin levels and reduces* stress and depression. It can also counteract the harmful effects of cortisol and help lower blood pressure, improve* gastrointestinal function, and decrease* inflammation. And sex with your partner is one more added benefit of sleeping in the nude.
A lot of people have trouble sleeping. Some of the reasons for poor sleep are caused by stress, health-related conditions, depression, and anxiety. But there are a lot of people who ignore the warnings about lack of sleep and stay up late to watch TV, surf the Internet, or hang out with friends. But you really need your sleep. It’s an integral part of healthy living and weight management. Make a plan to get to bed a regular time. Make your bedroom dark and quiet, and avoid watching TV while in bed. Develop healthy sleep habits and you’ll improve* your health and control* your weight. Adequate sleep is an integral part of healthy living, and the best way to do it is in the nude.