Are pajamas important or should we all be sleeping naked?

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Pajamas, a nightgown, just underwear or nothing at all? What you do or do not wear to bed is a part of your routine for falling asleep, so making the right decision plays an important role in the quality of your rest. Considering how much good sleep can benefit every aspect of your health, pajamas can be an important decision.

Since there is an incredible variation among the environment and preferences for different people, a general statement on whether if pajamas are good/bad for everyone would be inaccurate. Instead, it’s better to go over what matters to you personally and make your own decision. Here’s how:

Should you wear anything to bed at all?

The easiest thing to wear to bed is your birthday suit or just underwear, so let’s start with that. While the majority of sleepers prefer some form of clothing, there are reasons why skipping pajamas or a nightgown completely is worth consideration.

First off, one of the most important parts of getting a good night’s sleep is temperature regulation of your body. Under the covers, people generally prefer a temperature under 70 degrees. Without any added covering, i.e., pajamas, causing temperature disruptions, your body can regulate its temperature better, helping you sleep more deeply and avoid getting sweaty. (This is partly why many sleep institutes, as well as Olumia Life, recommend a cool temperature in your bedroom, so you can be more snug in bed.)

Proper temperature regulation can also affect the release of human growth hormone (HGH), an important part of your body’s ability to heal itself while resting, as well as cortisol, which helps strengthen your immune system, reduce blood pressure and many other good things. It’s also one reason why sleep deprivation causes weight gain.

As far as reducing sweat while you sleep, sleeping nude can help in much the same way as simply wearing a comfortable pair of undies. In fact, depending on body type, underwear can be more effective at reducing sweating in certain areas than nothing.

Preference, fabric and fit

Of course, pajamas or a nightgown don’t automatically mean you’ll be sweaty and groggy every morning. At the end of the day, the most important thing to wear to bed is whatever feels most comfortable to you and allows you to wake up rested and refreshed. Take into account any buttons, zippers, etc., on your pajamas that may cause some trouble if you roll over on them. Also, wearing some socks to bed can help keep your feet warm if needed.

Your sleepwear isn’t necessarily going to be perfect for every night of the year, as the seasons change or you spend the night somewhere other than your bedroom at home. One recent study even found that there’s no way to completely avoid a disrupted night of sleep the first time you go to bed somewhere new. That said, a pre-bed routine can help you retain the feelings of home when you bring it on the road with you, and that includes packing your pajamas.

In general, the most important actors in choosing pajamas are what they are made out of and how tight/loose they are. Wearing the right size is important, but fabric plays a role as well:

  • Cotton: The most common and affordable option, cotton is comfortable and doesn’t bunch up too badly, but it’s not very good at wicking away moisture.
  • Silk: A bit pricier, silk is very good at keeping you cool when the temperature rises and helping you stay warm when it’s a little colder. Unfortunately, it can bunch up more easily than other fabrics.
  • Wool/Fleece: If you can’t heat your bedroom properly, wool or fleece can help you stay warm. However they are bad at reducing moisture build up and can be an itchy experience.
  • Flannel: Warm and soft, flannel can be useful during the winter, but is generally too warm for the hotter parts of the year.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is biodegradable and hypoallergenic, which can make it indispensable for some. It’s soft and good at temperature regulation, but a little less common than other fabrics.

Your final decision on sleepwear shouldn’t be based on some “one-size-fits-all” statement. Your comfort is the most important factor to consider, so your choice should be an individual one. Whatever you choose, sticking to it as best you can as a routine will help your body grow accustomed to the signs that a period of sleep is coming, helping you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.

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