Many people I have spoken to choose to sleep naked. They find clothes restrictive and the relative freedom of being naked gives some the good night’s shut-eye needed. However, are there actual health benefits to sleeping sans clothes? Here’s what the experts say.
- Maintaining the body’s natural rhythms
Sarah Spoor, the co-founder of Pepper, a connection company focused on sexual wellness and education has said that “Pepper’s sex experts say sleeping naked helps your body maintain its natural sleep rhythms including circadian cycles,” which are key to helping you get deep, restful sleep.
2. Regulating the core temperature
Given that sleeping in the nude can improve both temperature regulation and sensory cues, you may find that sleeping naked can improve your sleep quality. A 2018 study gives credence to this and suggests that lowering your body temperature by sleeping naked can help you reduce the number of times you wake up in the night.
3. Better Vagina health
Gynecologists say that removing too-tight or damp underwear can reduce your chances of getting a yeast infection. So if you find that you’re constantly waking up sweating, considering no underwear (or much looser underwear) is probably a good idea.
4. Maintaining male fertility
Experts have said that tight-fitting underwear for men is linked to lower sperm counts. According to a 2018 study, it was found that men who primarily wore boxers (or looser fitting underwear) “had a 25% higher sperm concentration and 17% higher total count” than men who wore briefs of other forms of underwear.