“Let your skin breathe,” my mom used to say. I wanted nothing to do with it. I loved sleeping all covered up – in flannels, a bath robe, and sadly – sometimes even my swim suit. Little did I know the effect it might be having on my body, in particular my lovely lady parts.
1. Air Out Your Hoo-Ha
Sleeping a la nude is much healthier for your vagina. While it’s totally normal to have small amounts of yeast and bacteria down there, tight clothing and even undies can contribute to a dreaded yeast over-growth or infection. Help prevent this in the first place and “air it all out” by going commando. If it’s winter time and your bedrooms cold, no problem – pile on the wool blankets and get under in your nudie suit.
2. Get Your Glow On
According to Natasha Turner, ND and author of, The Supercharged Hormone Diet, being too warm at night “disrupts the release of melatonin and our growth hormone—our main anti-aging hormones—into the body. As your body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic.” These hormones even help to keep your skin glowing and hair glossy.
3. Keep Weight Healthy + Balanced
Sleeping naked will allow the levels of our stress hormone cortisol to decrease as you rest. And studies show that a decrease in cortisol helps keep your energy and hunger levels in check.
“High cortisol levels actually weaken the body’s immune system, raise blood pressure and cholesterol, increase appetite, disrupt our normal sleep patterns, lower your libido, and increases cravings for sugar and carbs. It can also contribute to other hormonal imbalances and health conditions including PMS, infertility, thyroid disease and abnormal blood sugars,” says Natasha.
4. Increase Your Chances of Getting Lucky
Sleeping skin-to-skin increases our feel-good chemicals, like the snuggle and love hormone known as oxytocin. Sleeping in the buff helps to keep you relaxed, creating the mood for sex (+ increased chance of orgasm). Sounds like a win-win to me.
5. A Happy Bedroom
Your bedroom plays an important part in a good night’s sleep. Keep the room as comfortable and dark as possible. Turn off all glowing lights. Unplug your laptop and please turn off your cell phone. Better yet, get all of the electronic devices out of the bedroom entirely! They’re really distracting and let off disrupting electromagnetic fields (EMF’s). If the temperature allows, crack a window to allow for a bit of fresh air to circulate the room.
Remember, “sleep is not a luxury,” it’s a necessity for good health and a happy frame of mind. So, settle into bed tonight with nothing but your birthday suit. Your partner can thank me later.