Healthy Habits : Sleeping in the Nude

June 12, 2013  |  Healthy Habits

A recent survey suggested that only 1 in 10 people sleep in the nude – only 1 in 10! This is bad news considering all the great, scientifically proven,  benefits a snooze in the buff has to offer.

Not only will you feel a whole lot more sultry slinking into bed in your birthday suit opposed to your flannel one piece (we’re not judging – it gets real cold here in Ottawa!) but your body and health will benefit too. In a recent article, Dr. Natasha Turner outlines the top 5 benefits.

1. We all know that it is important to get our beauty sleep but did you know that sleeping in a too-warm environment makes your beauty sleep  less effective? By sleeping in the nude we are better able to regulate our body temperature which is important for the release of our anti-aging and sleep quality hormone, melatonin. When our bodies begin to release melatonin our body temperature goes down slightly and begins to restore itself from the inside out.

2. Cozy, heavy blankets are great, in theory. In reality, they impede the release of another hormone – HGH. Growth hormone is responsible for the repair of your body at a cellular level. Everything from bone density to tissue repair happens at night while you sleep. When you have insufficient sleeping patterns your cortisol levels and hunger hormone spike, resulting in an increase of insulin. This means a decrease in fat burning and a heftier appetite come breakfast time.

3. As our bodies cool during the night, our cortisol levels also decreases. If we do not get enough restful sleep we can wake up with abnormally high levels of cortisol. This will trigger your appetite (think muffins and bagels – not veggies and fruit) and tendency to overeat as well as make you tense and anxious. Not only can high cortisol levels further disrupt your sleep patterns but also lead to an increase in belly fat and a lower libido.

4. You could be sleeping like a baby. Research explains that some insomnia is directly linked to body temperature regulation. If your body doesn’t cool down enough at night we are unable to reach the deeper stages of sleep. Interestingly, during REM sleep our bodies do not sweat or shiver – so shedding the jammies won’t have you grasping for more blankets.

5. Most importantly, sleeping nude means higher levels of oxytocin! If you and your partner both sleep naked, the skin to skin contact will release the feel-good hormone. Oxytocin triumphs against stress, depression, the harmful effects of high cortisol and it even reduces blood pressure. Even further, you may have more sex and we all know orgasms are Mother Nature’s best bed time story.

Our advice? Strip down and tuck in!

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