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The Unexpected Health Benefits Of Sleeping Naked, According To Science
By Melissa Goh, 16 Mar 2016
According to sleep-tech company Airweave, 52% of American sleep partially clothed, 31% sleep fully clothed, and 17% go unclothed, which almost fairly divides the number of people who would and would not choose to sleep naked.
Science.Mic dives deeper to find out which option is best for your health.
“Sleeping naked is obviously more conducive to cooling down than, say, a thick flannel pajama set. But some pajamas are OK.”
Shawn Stevenson, author of Sleep Smarter says, it is important to let our body cool down during sleep, which will help in lowering our blood pressure and activate its rest and digest system, also known as parasympathetic nervous system. If we need to sleep in clothes, Stevenson suggests keeping it light, simple and loose fitting.
“If sleeping naked helps with thermoregulation — if it helps keep your core body temperature low when it's supposed to be low — it would help you fall asleep and sustain deep sleep”.
Theresa Fisher, science editor at Van Winkle is also in favor of sleeping naked for its health benefits. However, if sleeping naked causes anxiety, it will probably override the physiological benefits.
Dr Donnica Moore told Huffington Post, it is a matter of preference. If you are sleeping in underwear, opt for cotton so that it remains breathable and decreases the risk of moisture building up, which can cause yeast or bacterial infection.
Head over here to read more benefits of sleeping naked alone, or with a partner.
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