Many of us have had this dream: there’s a fire in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping and you have to wake up, grab your loved ones, pets and run outside. You’re standing (for me it’s out in freezing temperatures in a foot of snow, even though I live in Southern California) in front of your house ablaze. You’re standing there while neighbors gather and firefighters run around. You’re standing there in your birthday suit! Had that dream?
The chances of that ever happening are slim to none, so let that fear go. Now, let’s get back to the most important part of said dream, that you were sleeping naked. Some can’t sleep any other way, while others would never think of going to bed in the buff. I’m here to tell you that there are numerous benefits of sleeping in the bare minimum.
Case in point: I had a client who was suffering from severe anxiety upon waking, paired with insane cravings for unhealthy food like donuts and fast food breakfast sandwiches. I suggested ideas like taking time to meditate before getting out of bed, less water before bed, not eating 3 hours before sleep, etc. Not one of these suggestions made a dent in the cravings or morning anxiety and depression. After digging a little deeper I found that they were sleeping in several layers of clothing while cranking the heat in their apartment – BINGO! After the somewhat awkward suggestion that they try sleeping nude for 7 days (if you’re wondering… yes, they did think that I was bat sh*t crazy for suggesting such a thing) and monitor their mornings, the cravings and anxiety were all but gone.
Confused as to how sleeping nude could have had any impact on their morning struggles? After playing detective, I realized that they might be suffering from high cortisol levels due to being overheated at night. Number 1 of the following list of 5 Benefits of Sleeping Nude will explain further how I came to this conclusion.
1. It helps regulate cortisol
When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at preferred ranges allowing your body to better create and regulate cortisol. If you’re overheated while you sleep, your cortisol levels will be high. This continues even after you wake up and can lead to anxiety, cravings even weight gain.
2. It keeps your sex organs healthy
Women, more air and cooler temperatures help prevent yeast infections.
Men, sleeping at cooler temperatures keeps your reproductive system functioning properly and your sperm happy and healthy.
3. Balanced melatonin and GH levels
Keeping your bedroom under 72 degrees can help your body with regulating melatonin and growth hormone levels. When sleeping in clothes, the high temperatures prevent your body from optimal use of these hormones. Sleeping nude can literally help keep you stay younger longer.
3. Better self esteem
Have body confidence Issues? Sleeping nude each night can help you learn to love yourself. When you become accustomed to how you look naked, over time it can ease (and even erase) those negative thoughts that so many of us struggle with.
4. Skin to skin
Skin to skin touching with your partner can help alleviate stress and depression by releasing the feel-good hormone called Oxytocin. Oxytocin also helps reduce blood pressure and decreases inflammation in the body. Added bonus: your sex life might just improve, which, by the way, is the first best thing you can do naked.
5. It helps prevent laziness
When we wake up nude we are much more inclined to get dressed for the day instead of staying in our PJs and slobbing around the house for half the day. Get moving, get motivated, get things done.
Give sleeping naked a shot and see how it can benefit you.
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