Would you sleep naked to live longer?

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The benefits of sleeping naked is well researched - it seems that even lab-bound scientists want us sleeping in the nude! Their motivation is purely philanthropic of course... they want us to live longer and healthier lives.

In case you have missed all the medical publications, here is the summary:

1. Sleeping naked helps you obtain deeper sleep as your body can regulate its temperature more efficiently. This decreases stress hormones like cortisol and increases body healing through the release of growth hormone.

2. Partners sleeping in the nude are more likely to cuddle and engage in regular sexual activity which triggers feel good hormones like oxytocin.

3. Airing out your err... organs means less infections (especially for ladies who love tight, sexy, but constricting underwear).

4. Nudity increases your metabolic rate so you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.

5. Less clothes means better circulation - no labels, collars, elastic bands or buttons that damage your skin and hair - and a healthier body.

The Big Butt... I mean the big but...

For most of us, sleeping naked is just not practical. If you are fortunate enough to be able to sleep safely in the nude, then I would suggest you ditch the PJs. But, if you have added night-time fun in the form of children (or teenagers), pets, house guests, nosy neighbours, or a home alarm then I think some covering is essential.

So if you need PJs but want the benefits of sleeping nude here are The Sleep Expert's suggestions...

1. Lose the underwear or loosen thy underwear - sleep without your knickers or swap tight jocks for boxer shorts, swap tight bras for camisoles and swap g-strings for loose cotton boy-short panties. More air, everywhere!

2. Choose natural fibres - if it comes from nature, it will allow your skin to breathe. Think cotton, silk, linen and wool (yes, even wool) for less sweat and an easier time maintaining the right body temperature.

3. Have a cover up or gown on hand - perhaps you can sleep in the nude (or close to it) if you have a quick access to a gown, kimono or sarong?

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