For many of us, putting on our pyjamas is an essential part of
our bedtime routine, but new studies suggest that sleeping naked
may be good for you in a number of ways. One of the more famous
fans of this sleeping style was the iconic Marilyn Monroe, but will
you be ditching the PJ's and following in this sultry sirens
footsteps? Let's take a look at some of the benefits of going nude
and how it may help your quality of sleep.

Better quality of sleep

The most commonly cited benefit of sleeping naked is the
increased quality of sleep you can achieve. One study found that
temperature regulation, specifically overheating, is one reason why
many of us have restless nights. By forgoing pyjamas the body can
cool down quicker and regulate itself to the lower body temperature
your brain requires for a good night's sleep. This natural decline in temperature is
caused by the body's circadian rhythm and sleeping in pyjamas can
disrupt this natural cooling of your core temperature, and
therefore interrupt your sleep cycle. Our sleep expert, Dr Nerina
Ramlakhan, also suggest that the ideal temperature for a good sleep
is "slightly cool"- so another good reason to take the plunge!

Weight loss

Sleeping in the buff may also be good for those of us looking to
shed a few pounds. A 2014 study found that there is a link between
an increased metabolism and cooler nighttime temperatures. By
sleeping naked, or in a cooler room, your body produces almost
double the amount of 'brown' fat - a healthy fat that the body
burns to maintain your core temperature - compared to the amount
produced when sleeping in a warmer environment. Researchers at the
University of Warwick also found that those of us who regularly get
less than six hours of sleep are three times more likely to develop
diabetes and heart disease, both of which can lead to unwanted
weight gain. As sleeping naked can impact the amount of deep sleep we get, it can aid
some people in reducing the risks of developing these diseases.

Reducing stress

Wearing your birthday suit to bed may also be good for your
stress levels. Sleeping naked promotes better quality of sleep, and this in turn
lowers your body's cortisol levels, the so-called "stress hormone".
As we know, stress levels and sleep go hand in hand, meaning that anything we
can do to help each of these is a beneficial for everyone in the
long run.

Happier relationship

It's not all about physical health benefits though. Sleeping
naked may also be good for your relationship. According to a survey
by Cotton USA, sleeping together naked can lead to happier
relationships. Skin-on-skin contact is also a major factor in this,
as it triggers the brain to produce oxytocin, a chemical which
reduces stress and promotes an increased feeling of connection with
your partner.

With all of the above in mind, will you be ditching the pyjamas
and trying out a nude nights sleep?