(C) Malcolm Lidbury 2007
For a lot of people, their first real experience at “being naked” is sleeping nude. The freedom – and sometimes excitement – of not wearing clothes to bed can be the beginning of a journey that opens the door to naturism. But did you know there are actual benefits to sleeping naked?
According to an article from Gizmodo India, besides just being more comfortable there are “scientific” reasons to sleep naked. These range from enhancing blood circulation, better sleeping patterns due to the body being able to control its’ temperature, reducing stress and enhancing our relationships There is no source for the science behind these assertions, however based on my own practice, I can say that there is anecdotal evidence to support these claims.
Lately I have been having some back issues which has involved me using a pain relieving cream (i.e. Ben Gay) which involves me wearing a tee-shirt to prevent any unnecessary residue on my bedding. I hate it. I feel that I am being constricted by the tee, and just when I think I’m comfortable I move and have to spend time readjusting the tee. There have been times that the tee has been so stretched due to my movement that I’ve felt that blood was not circulating well due to this restriction. When I am naked in bed, I have no issue with getting comfortable (or with constricted blood flow).
I also see a benefit to temperature control. In the colder months, it can be a little more of a shock to the body when you first get into bed, but the body tends to adjust rather quickly. I’ve noticed this more recently with the need to wear a tee to bed. It is odd that such a natural fabric like cotton (which my tees are made out of) can add so much heat when I am in bed. In part, I think this is more related to the closeness of the tee to the body, which impacts the body’s ability to more easily regular its’ temperature.
I’m not certain that my stress levels are really affected that much, though I will say that my frustration levels are higher when I need to wear some form of textiles while sleeping. This has mainly to do with the “fight” I have with clothes (see above).
Overall, I believe (anecdotally) that there are many more benefits to sleeping nude, and I would definitely encourage anyone who is thinking about their first foray into naturism to consider this option. If nothing else, you may feel better in the morning.