This article is shared with permission from our friends at PositiveMed.com.
Americans are chronically overstressed, overworked and exhausted, resulting in feelings of unhappiness, loneliness and problems with love-making. In fact, about 1 in 10 people are now taking antidepressants of some sort in an effort to seek relief from the stress and isolation that our modern lifestyle seems to demand.
What if there were a simpler solution to our problems? Recent studies have shown that people who sleep in the nude may enjoy higher measures of happiness, better sleep and increased pleasure and passion with their significant other. If slumbering sans pajamas could possibly make such a big difference in our life, maybe its time to lose our sense of modesty and jump under the covers in only our birthday suits!
Sleeping in the Buff for a Better Night’s Rest
Our circadian rhythm is essentially the biologically dictated ebb and flow of our energy and sleep drives. Studies have shown that a dip in body temperature is essential to drifting off to sleep and maintaining deep sleep cycles. Sleeping in pajamas could interfere with your body’s effort to cool itself, translating into difficulty sleeping and feeling fatigued and moody the following day.
Resting Au Naturel is for Lovers
Sleeping naked beside your partner can help to bolster and support healthy love-making. When we enjoy skin-on-skin contact with a loved one, our body produces a hormone called oxytocin. Referred to as the bonding, love or cuddle hormone, oxytocin is released after even just a short period of time of physical contact. Waking up naked next to your partner and enjoying some snuggles and physical closeness strengthens your relationship, reduces stress and makes you happier.
Undressed for Happiness
It seems to be true, sleeping in the nude can make you happier – plain and simple! Removing your clothes before bed helps your body to regulate itself more appropriately for a deep rest, resulting in a refreshing night’s sleep that will fortify you for the daily challenges we all face. Sleeping skin-to-skin with your partner will release oxytocin, which has been shown to reduce stress, increase happiness and strengthen interpersonal bonds. The next time you’re feeling blue, why not try sleeping nude for a few nights in a row and see if you too can enjoy these benefits?
Editor’s Note from The Hearty Soul: The following segments have been added to this article to provide our readers with even more up-to-date information!
Sleeping Naked Helps Prevent Infections
Ladies, this one’s for you. Your vagina is always maintaining a perfect balance of pH levels and all kinds of bacteria, but a lot of bad habits can lead to more common yeast infections. Instead of trapping your skin with underwear 24/7, sleeping without underwear (or better yet, naked), can help keep everything “downstairs” in balance. Not to mention, it’s much more comfortable.
Sleeping in the Buff Means Waking Up With Energy
Finally, although there’s no hard science yet to explain why, sleeping in the nude usually helps people wake up feeling much more alert and energized. One major factor is probably the difference in temperature. You’re a lot less tempted to snuggle up in cozy warm bedclothes and hit that snooze button. Instead, you wake up feeling fresh and ready to start the day.