Love talk with Liv: 5 reasons to sleep naked
It seems that when Marilyn Monroe declared that ‘the only thing she wears to bed is Chanel No. 5’, she was definitely onto something.”¨
And while you may not be ready to permanently part from your Peter Alexanders, we’ve got five reasons you should definitely think about losing your pyjamas before you hit the sack each night…
#1: you’ll allow your ‘lady parts’ to breathe
You know how in a bid to prevent issues such as thrush, doctors advise that you stick to wearing cotton underwear? Well the best option would be to go commando, as it means that your nether regions are free to breathe. Having a presence of yeast and bacteria ‘down there’ is totally normal, but an environment that’s too warm can cause an overgrowth, which can lead to infections. Try: washing your lady parts with a product like Vagisil pH Balance Wash before bed, as it’s hypoallergenic and contains skin-smoothing chamomile, vitamin E and aloe.
#2: you’ll get more shut eye
While many people like to snuggle into a warmer environment at night, it’s actually very beneficial to rest in a cooler environment. Lisa Shives, who sits on the USA’s National Sleep Foundation’s board of directors says that “your body temperature progressively declines as you sleep, which is a natural tendency of the body, so being too warm with heavy pyjamas and blankets can disrupt that.” Sleeping naked, she says, can help to ensure that your body stays cool. Another way to achieve a peaceful sleep is to try spritzing a calming mist onto your pillow. We love The Body Shop Wellbeing Deep Sleep Dreamy Pillow and Body Mist and L'Occitane Aromachology Relaxing Pillow Mist.
#3: you’ll lose weight
As sleeping naked can help you to reach a deeper sleep, it also means that the levels of your stress hormone cortisol decrease, which keeps your energy and hunger levels stable. When your sleep is disrupted, your cortisol level increases, which means that as soon as your alarm goes off, you’ll be more likely to eat (or overeat) comfort foods.
#4: you’ll look better
Natasha Turner, best selling author of The Hormone Diet says that being too warm at night disrupts the release of melatonin and the main anti-ageing hormones into your body. So why is it better to ensure you stay cool? “As your body temperature drops, growth hormones are released and work their regenerative magic on your skin and hair as you sleep”, says Natasha.
#5: you’ll have better sex
Not only does a lack of threads literally bring you closer to your partner, but the skin-on-skin action increases feel-good chemicals (like the cuddle hormone, oxytocin) that will make you want to even closer – if you catch my drift.