Sleeping Nude: The Naked Truth

Sleeping Nude: The Naked Truth

When I was a kid, I loved the 1994 Disney movie Tom and Huck. My jealousy bubbled over every time those pals Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn roamed free amongst the Missouri woodlands, sleeping under the stars, and adventuring to find buried treasure. My life seemed pretty mundane compared to that. At the end of the film, Tom and Huck find the gold and become the two richest citizens in St. Petersburg. The final scene shows Tom, decked out in his brand spanking new duds, strolling through the town being congratulated by every St. Petersburgian he meets. Suddenly, as if realizing this betrayal of his true nature, he rips open his collar, strips himself of vest and tie, and sprints away from town, back to the freedom of the woods.

We could learn something from Tom. And no, I’m not talking about turning away from material possessions towards what really matters (although it’s not a bad idea). I’m talking about wearing fewer clothes. And in particular, wearing fewer clothes while you sleep. In fact, none at all.

Why You Should Sleep Au Naturel

Getting Enough Sleep Is Vital for Optimum Health and Productivity

Let’s get something out-of-the-way right off the bat: sleep is really important. If you deprive yourself of a good night’s sleep, you put yourself at risk for all sorts of unwanted symptoms like a weaker immune system, weight gain, lower sex drive, and cognitive impairment.

Trying to sleep less or “hack” your sleep so that you can be awake for more hours of they day is often a bad idea, but seems to be trending at the moment. There’s plenty of information online claiming to help you attain god-like levels of wakefulness and productivity, but as of right now, there’s no good way to get around a few good hours. I have found that my body needs at least 7.5 hours of sleep per night, preferably 9 for me to feel my best during the day. I fought against that truth for a long time, but as soon as I sucked it up, I started using my time productively instead of endlessly searching for the holy grail of healthy insomnia. And I felt a whole lot better during the day too. To reiterate: sleep quality and amount is super important. Let’s look at how sleeping in the nude can help improve both.

Disrobed Dissertation #1: Cooler Body Temperature = Better Sleep

A lot of people take a hot shower before bed to prepare themselves for a good night’s sleep. While the hot water can help to calm and relax tight muscles, it is actually cooler temperatures that help cue your body for slumber. This process of natural heating and cooling is called thermoregulation and our bodies sleep better when the internal thermostat is set to a lower temperature.

Ever struggled to sleep during a hot summer night? That’s because your sleeping body is designed to be 1-2 degrees cooler than during the waking day. If you are contending with external heat sources such as room temperature, bed coverings, and pajamas, it can be difficult for your body to reach the temperature it is trying to achieve. This is also the reason why researchers do not recommend exercise in the late evening.

As melatonin is released in the evening, your body naturally begins to cool. Ditch the clothes or pajamas (especially tight-fitting garments!) that trap heat and free your body to do its thing.

Disrobed Dissertation #2: More Growth, Repair, and Healing

While you sleep, your body pulls in for a pit stop and undergoes a miraculous process of repairing, rebuilding, and rewiring. Every part of your body is affected by the hormones released, and in particular by human growth hormone. This concoction handles everything from muscle regrowth to improving the health and look of your hair, skin, and nails. And the cooler your body is, the better your body can release the necessary amount.

And remember, the key to growth is intense stress followed by intense recovery. Your sleep is your best friend in that regard.

Disrobed Dissertation #3: Good for Your Gonads

All that fabric and elastic down south serves to trap moisture and heat in the very area that you don’t want it. Wearing underwear is like building a greenhouse for bacteria to grow, which can leave both men and women with unwanted complications, like yeast infections and jock itch. Set your crotch free and let it breathe!

Additionally: Wearing tight-fitting underwear has shown to reduce the number and quality of sperm for men. As this study shows, sleeping nude and wearing loose fitting underwear throughout the day can improve your sperm quality by 25%!

Disrobed Dissertation #4: The Oxytocin Oxymoron

If you’ve got a partner, you already know that being naked together can be a whole lot of fun. But the science behind it stems from the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is linked to empathy, generosity, relationship building, and ooh la laeven orgasm. There’s a reason why it’s called “the love hormone”.

Here’s the kicker. Oxytocin actually floods your system when you make contact with another person. If that contact is skin to skin, the amount of oxytocin increases. If your entire body is up against someone you love’s naked body, well, you do the math. Studies even show that couples that sleep in the nude tend to be happier and more intimate than their clothed counterparts.

Disrobed Dissertation #5: Better Health, Better Finances

As we’ve seen, sleeping nude has a plethora of health benefits. Want another reason to switch to stark-naked? It’s free.


In a world where people spend billions on mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, covers, pajamas and other items that are designed to engineer the greatest shut-eye known to man…they’re missing the easiest and possibly most effective method. And it doesn’t cost a dime. In fact, sleeping naked can even save you money. No more need to any of that nonsense and without having to crank the AC in the summer, you could even save on your energy bill! Ditch the clothes and ditch the unnecessary expenses!

Do you sleep in the nude? Why or why not? Leave me a comment below and I would be so happy to start a dialogue with you! My experiment with sleeping in the raw has been pretty fantastic so far and I would love to hear your thoughts as well! Cheers to better sleep!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Yep, going to admit I do it. I discovered one very hot summer when I was in my teens that I preferred sleeping unclothed under a light sheet than in PJs on top of the blankets. And even in the dead of winter, I discovered that sleeping nude under my quilt actually keeps me warmer than sleeping dressed under my quilt. Go figure.

    1. Strangely I’ve found the same to be true when I’m camping outdoors and I need to warm up quickly in my sleeping bag. Pays to be nude I guess!

  2. This is super duper unique post and I Love it!! Very different and shows even health benefits from sleeping naked?? Who would’ve thought??

    1. Thanks!

  3. Wow! You’ve made some really good points here! I thought you were going to say something about “less wrinkles” when sleeping nude. I never knew there were so many benefits from it, but I do know from experience that I sleep much better without clothes on. I don’t wake up near as often throughout the night. Clothing usually gets twisted and uncomfortable.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Best of health,

    1. Agreed Devara. Thanks for the comment!

  4. You see, I’d like to try it out. Sure, except for the fact that I don’t get any privacy in my house. The people I live with will just barge in my room at any time they feel so without knocking despite my best efforts to dissuade them. That’s just how my family works. So sleeping nude? Probably not an option.

    1. I had to laugh out loud at that one! Maybe I should write one about how to set up some privacy at home next haha

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