This article was updated on August 16, 2021.
Is the secret to a good night’s sleep as simple as sleeping naked?
While that statement may make you do a double-take, sleeping nude is more common than you’ve probably thought.
Who sleeps in the nude?
The majority of Americans — 58% — say they typically sleep naked through the night, with the night-time habit being more common in those in relationships (72%) or those who are married (55%) compared to single people, according to a survey commissioned by Mattress Advisor.
The reasoning behind nude sleep is pretty simple: More than half of the respondents in the study said they sleep better undressed compared to when they have to sleep fully clothed. Drivers behind the life and style choice mostly revolve around comfort and relaxation, according to respondents.
As Americans try sleep routines and other hacks in order to get proper rest, maybe sleeping naked is just what everyone needs to do. From that study, 77% of respondents said they sleep worse when clothed in bed compared to nude.
While sleeping nude isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, the craze does pack a few beneficial qualities that can impact both your sleep and your life. The MyFitnessPal blog compiled a list of benefits that sleep nude has on a person, which starts first with sleep.
Better and faster sleep
The optimal temperature for a good night’s slumber is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit, according to experts. It’s important to note that not only does a cooler bedroom help you fall asleep, but it also helps you stay asleep.
As the MyFitnessPal blog notes, researchers in Amsterdam found that getting overheated during sleep can impede sleep quality. Just a 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit increase in skin temperature can worsen insomnia and even increase nighttime waking, according to the report.
As Healthline notes, your body temperature is part of your circadian rhythm, or your internal body clock. Not wearing clothing allows your body temperature to cool off rather than buddling up and blasting air conditioning as a way to remain cool.
While wearing clothes all day can contribute to cracked or drying skin, sleeping naked actually can promote better skin health.
A recent study by the “Sleep Naked Challenge” in partnership with Gold Bond found that by applying body lotions and sleeping in the nude lowers body temperature and improves sleep quality, which can help skin recover overnight.
One dermatologist said that sleeping naked can give your skin a chance to breathe and becoming anew again.
“I believe that sleeping naked is a great way to give your skin a chance to air out and breathe,” Dr. Hadley C. King, NYC board-certified dermatologist said in a press release. “To maximize your experience sleeping naked, I recommend moisturizing just before going to bed, so your skin can get a boost of restorative hydration while you sleep.”
Another study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that getting enough sleep can even help wounds heal properly, which means if sleeping naked gives you the best chance at getting the most restful zzz’s, then you’re giving your body a chance to recover.
While sleeping naked can lower body temperature, one study found that a lower bedtime temperature can promote higher levels of brown fat, which helps burn more calories and increase metabolim. By not wearing clothes in bed, sleeping naked can boost blood circulation too.
Builds confidence, health … and more sex
Everyone can use a little boost to their self-esteem. Spending time naked promotes changes to body image and self-esteem, according to one study.
Sleeping naked also can help vaginal health and discourage yeast infections, according to Healthline. Additionally, men can increase their sperm count and have a higher sperm concentration by eliminating underwear.
In the Mattress Advisor study, respondents who slept nude had sex about eight times per month, nearly double to those who slept clothed.