5 Scientific Reasons Why You Should Sleep In Your Birthday Suit
We've seen it on-screen in many Hollywood films - people sleeping in the raw, with just a satiny white sheet covering their modesty. Turns out, sleeping in the nude is more than a mere glamorous representation - it has some serious scientific benefits for one's sleep quality as well as overall health.
Let's read on to find out more:
# 1 Sleeping Naked Enhances Blood Circulation
Once you are free of the constraint of clothing - sleeves, waist bands, buttons, zipper, et al. - you will feel a type of body relaxation that cannot be achieved with any night suit really. Even the comfortable looking pajama suits sometime come with the discomfort of straps, elastics, metallic buttons and other things that can feel 'tight' or 'funny' while changing positions during sleep.
Sleeping in the raw makes sure that your body has no bindings and bondages anywhere, which leads to better blood circulation and a significant increase in overall body comfort.
# 2 Makes Your Skin Breathe Better & Rejuvenate Quicker
Sleeping in the nude ensures that your entire skin gets to ventilate properly. Through every pore of your body you get to take in fresh air. This allows the body to better absorb oxygen and other nutrients present in the air and also assist the sebaceous glands to work better. Sebaceous glands are responsible for secreting sebum or the natural body oil that lubricates and waterproofs the skin. This boosts the natural repair and rejuvenation mechanism of the skin, which in turn also accelerates the metabolic rate of the body (leading to faster calorie burning).
# 3 Lowers Body Temperature With Hormonal Benefits
The ideal temperature requirement for the body to fall into a comfortable and undisturbed sleep is anywhere between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (not a wide window, we'd say). If you are feeling hot in your clothes, it will hinder your body from reaching its optimal core temperature needed for a good sleep. The result could be delay in falling asleep, a broken fragmented sleep or even nightlong insomnia. Sleeping in your birthday suit can help cool down your body and lead to a deep sleep.
That's not all. When your body's core temperatures are in the optimum range, it leads to an improved secretion and functioning of anti-aging hormones like melatonin and the growth hormone. While melatonin plays a role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle and promoting damage repair in the body, the growth hormone, also aided by cooler body temperatures, has wide-ranging benefits for both health and beauty Some of the things that the growth hormone does as we take a shut-eye are: strengthening of bones; increasing of muscle mass; promoting break down of lipids; increasing protein synthesis; augmenting growth and repair of all internal organs; promoting internal stability; improving the functioning of the liver and the pancreas; maintaining a healthy weight; preventing heart diseases; and strengthening the immune system - quite a checklist one would say!
# 4 Curbs Secretion of Stress Hormone
This borrows from the previous point. A deeper sleep along with higher melatonin and growth hormone levels has another strong hormonal benefit - lower levels of cortisol in the body.
Cortisol is colloquially also called the stress hormone. While it is produced in every person's body and also has its uses when secreted in limited amounts, higher levels of the hormone can cause wide scale damage on the body, such as - lowered immunity, high blood pressure and cholesterol, hunger pangs and cravings for unhealthy foods, fragmented sleep, poor libido, worsened PMS, lingering fatigue, compromised fertility, thyroid disease and diabetes.
Usually in healthy individuals with good sleep patterns, cortisol is at its lowest during the 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. window. After this, it gradually increases to help attune the body for the rigors of the next busy day. This means that if you do not get adequate rest at night, you will wake up with high levels of cortisol. This could then disrupt your day in more ways than one - lead to unhealthy sugar-and-carb cravings and binge eating during the day, cause you to feel irritable and fretful and make it difficult for you to tone down your tension and anxiety levels. Persistently high cortisol levels will also make you pile on weight around the midsection and lead to other stress-related problems, outlined earlier.
# 5 Promotes the Release of Relationship-Boosting Oxytocin
Going to bed in nude naturally leads to better skin-to-skin contact with your partner. While this obviously means more chances of lovemaking (which has its own health benefits), the direct skin-on-skin touching (even without sex) also leads to higher secretion of the beneficial hormone, oxytocin.
Oxytocin is responsible for strengthening emotional bonding by promoting feelings of love and trust towards each other. Oxytocin also enhances libido, lowers stress and reduces heart rate and blood pressure. In addition, it has benefits for the digestive system too, such as better gut motility and reduced inflammation.
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