Well Being

5 Good Reasons To Sleep Naked (For Your Health!)

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According to a large survey, less than 1 In 10 Americans sleep nakedThis is a sad finding, considering the fantastic (and scientifically proven!) benefits of ditching PJ’s and slipping into our birthday suits. Check out these surprising health benefits of sleeping naked, ranging from improved hormonal balance and mood to less belly fat, more sex and beyond.

1. Boost your anti-aging hormones

Plenty of people like to feel cozy at bedtime, but a sleep environment that’s too warm can prevent the natural cooling that should take place in your body while you sleep. Keeping your body or your bedroom too warm (higher than 70˚F [21˚Cç) will disrupt the release of your main anti-aging hormones, melatonin andgrowth hormone. When we sleep in total darkness, melatonin is released, triggering a very slight but critical cool-down in the body. As body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic. In fact, sleep itself has been touted as a magic pill precisely because it encourages the release of this youthful hormone. In a study published in the journal Sleep, researchers showed that you can get safe, legal doses of growth hormone–and even improve athletic performance–just by hitting the sack for a deep, restorative sleep. Its also good for your health in other ways: researchers have found that people with normal or high blood pressure experience a 20 to 30% reduction in blood pressure and 10 to 20% reduction in heart rate during sleep.


2. Improve body composition

As mentioned, wearing heavy blankets or clothing to bed will impede the release of growth hormone, which means you won’t burn fat while you sleep or benefit from night-time repair of your bones, skin and muscles. Growth hormone (HGH) affects just about every cell in the body. It’s essential for tissue repair, muscle building, bone density and healthy body composition. People who sleep less than six hours a night may be three times more likely to develop a condition which leads to diabetes and heart disease (and in turn, weight gain), according to researchers at the University of Warwick. When your sleep is insufficient, your cortisol and hunger hormones both surge, causing a corresponding increase in insulin. You also experience decreases in the fat-burning and appetite-controlling hormones.

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