Answering the question of a journalist what she wears when she goes to bed, Marilyn Monroe answered that she only wears “two drops of Chanel No. 5”. In other words: she slept naked. This habit, which is adopted only by few, is actually very healthy. Here’s why!
A study by the School of Obstetrics and Gynecology of New York University wanted to analyze the health of two groups of women, according to what they wore when sleep. Women in the first group slept completely naked, while those in the second group slept dressed, some of them did not even took off their bras. The results of this study showed that:
- Sleeping dressed increases the risk of bacterial infections
When a woman is sleeping dressed and, in addition, covered with a sheet or blanket, it creates a warm and humid climate for the growth of bacteria in her vagina. This may cause irritation and infections more or less severe and difficult to treat.
Women are not the only ones affected by this condition. According to the American urologist Brian Steixner, men also face the risk of infection and increase in the temperature of their testicles could have a detrimental effect on the quality of their sperm and thus their reproductive capacity.
According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the University of Stanford, sleeping dressed, even with underpants or boxers impacts the ability of men to produce sperm, and according to The Telegraph, this damages the quality of their sperm by 25%.
- Wearing underwear at night disrupts the sleep
At bedtime, our body temperature drops a few tenths of a degree to prepare our body for sleep. Thus, our heart rate slows down and sleeping hormones are released. But when the pajamas or other clothing that you are wearing prevents the temperature to drop, the biological clock is disturbed and your sleep is disturbed, which is reflected on your health.
What are the benefits of sleeping naked?
At first glance, this may seem contradictory. But actually sleeping naked promotes good blood circulation and allows a better distribution of body heat under your blanket. In addition, several studies have shown that sleeping without clothing procures a feeling of freedom of movement and well-being that promotes relaxation of muscle tension and allows better sleep quality.
When you sleep naked, it is normal that the body burns calories to keep you warm. It will therefore draw on its fat reserves for the energy it needs. Furthermore, by enjoying a restful sleep, we are better able to cope with stressful situations during the day, which prevents us seek comfort in nibbling too fat or too sweet food.
By maintaining good body temperature overnight, the body releases growth hormone which is a trigger of fat burning process and regeneration of cells. Thus, it helps speed the healing of injuries and diseases, and helps maintain youthful skin of a whole body. So to stay young, sleep naked!
Sleeping skin against skin strengthens the bond of the couple and invites to share more intimate moments. So, a US study says that couples who sleep naked are more satisfied, both emotionally and sexually, than those who sleep in pajamas. And of course, fulfilled sex life, brings more happiness and less mood swings!
References: mic.com, lifehack.org