Sleeping is one of the most important activities that we do every night. Doctors say that getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits, while not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.
But, did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked? Yes, you read it right. Ditching your sleepwear may, in fact, have a number of benefits, ranging from increased fertility in males to weight loss and much more. However, only a mere 8 percent of Americans admit to sleeping naked.
According to reports, when you sleep with clothes on, a hormone called cortisol is over-secreted by your body. This hormone increases your appetite.
"Sleeping naked could aid in weight loss, as the body overproduces the hormone cortisol when it gets too warm, resulting in an increased appetite," said GP Dr. Sarah Brewer, in the Daily Mail.
Sleeping naked also helps in reducing the risk of getting a yeast infection -- thrush -- in the genital area, as sleeping in the nude helps in ventilating these areas that are prone to sweat.
Reports say that male fertility is also boosted by sleeping naked. A warm body produces a lower amount of the male sex hormone testosterone. However, a nude body is cooler.
Apart from these, sleeping without clothes also increases intimacy among couples, leaving them feeling more loving and satisfied. "Sleeping naked means that your body remains cooler during the night, which is important as overheating is a common cause of disturbed sleep. Being over-hot in bed by 3 to 4 degrees increases the chances of waking up and reduces deep sleep," Dr. Brewer told the Daily Mail.
Many people might question this thought of sleeping naked during the winter season. Dr.Brewer added that it is fine to sleep naked in winter, provided the room temperature ranges between 18-24 degrees Celsius.
The researchers from the American Cancer Society also found that getting less than five-hours sleep could make men twice as prone to prostate cancer. The risk is found to be 55 percent higher in men younger than 65.