1st Aug 2018
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The research reveals all – sleeping naked is good for us
Author: Steve Perkin
What sleeping naked can do for you

The other night, my wife woke me from a deep sleep. She’d heard a noise at the back door, then again at a side window.

“I think somebody’s trying to get inside,” she whispered.

I sleep with an axe handle by my bed. No axe head, just the handle. In case of a home invasion.

I reached for it and crept out into the hallway.

Crossing the back room, I came to the back door, and it was there that I realised I was naked, because that’s the way I sleep.

Attacking an intruder in the nude, even when armed with an axe handle, didn’t seem like a sensible option, especially if the intruder took flight and I had to chase him over a fence or out into the street.

And it was cold outside. Very cold.

The next day I ordered some pyjamas online. The day after that, out of curiosity, I researched the health advantages of sleeping in the nude.

I was stunned. One website listed five advantages. The next listed 10. And neither mentioned it as an excuse for not having to chase intruders.

According to American research, about 12 per cent of that country’s inhabitants sleep naked, and research from several other countries indicated that there were overwhelming health benefits to sleeping in the nude.

For a start, sleeping in clothes might be why you sleep badly.

A South Australian study determined that clothes hampered your body’s natural temperature regulation, prolonging the time required to achieve the optimum sleeping temperature.

And, according to research out of Sweden, it’s even better if your partner sleeps naked.

The Swedes determined that sleeping naked triggers anti-stress effects, reducing blood pressure and supressing the production of cortisol, a stress hormone.

If your partner is also naked, the skin-to-skin contact proved to stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain, which also releases anti-stress hormones into the bloodstream.

And the research continued.

Sleeping naked slows ageing.

Sleeping naked helps regulate your weight and reduces the risk of diabetes.

Sleeping naked keeps your private parts healthier by letting them ‘breath’, thus preventing moisture build-up which can cause bacteria.

Sleeping naked makes you feel free and more relaxed.

Sleeping naked can reduce skin diseases caused by lack of air.

Sleeping naked in winter makes the transition to sleeping naked in summer easier.

Of course, none of this is good news to the makers of pyjamas while probably being noteworthy to home invaders.

And I forgot to cancel my online order. Anyone want to buy some unused pyjamas? 

What’s your view on sleeping naked? Does the research stack up for you? 

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    rtrish
    1st Aug 2018
    10:33am
    Having just seen a hospital documentary, where a patient who came in by ambulance had been naked when injured at night, I’m not so sure. Especially because the gentleman had been visiting his sister and brother-in-law at the time!
    MICK
    1st Aug 2018
    2:36pm
    Yes...but imagine the fright it would have given an intruder.
    clarkey
    1st Aug 2018
    11:03am
    Always sleep naked. Can only remember having PJ's as a child. There is nothing at my age that hospital staff have not seen before! lol if anyone trys to break and enter my home they have to go through the dog first! Not an easy task!
    senior
    1st Aug 2018
    11:18am
    Gave me a giggle, but on a serious note, best not to tell anyone if you keep an axe handle, baseball bat or whatever beside the bed in case of intruders. In Aust. at least that proves intent apparently if you hurt an intruder...so keep something but if used and asked you say it just happened to be near the door, or whatever, dont say you keep it there for protection. My prison warder friend told me this. xx
    Cowboy Jim
    1st Aug 2018
    10:02pm
    Best to kill the bugger and bury his carcass (or put it in a barrel in southern States). Funny when you are guilty protecting yourself when injurying the bloke trying to invade your space.
    ozirules
    2nd Aug 2018
    11:34am
    it would be funny Cowboy Jim if only it wasn't true. there should be no holds barred when defending your home. it would be more of a deterrent knocking a few home invaders off than anything our pissweak court system has to offer.
    patti
    5th Aug 2018
    12:05pm
    I would protect myself first, and worry about any consequences later. Anyone who invades my home deserves everything I can dish out.
    BTBB
    1st Aug 2018
    11:18am
    Totally agree with your article Steve. It is so much more comfortable and love the freedom feeling however some nights during winter it is hard not to put at least a t-shirt on until I warm up. Agree with clarkey - dogs are always a good deterrent re break-ins, mine would scare them off with his deep bark alone and he's a Chihuahua ... kidding ... German Shepherd!
    tango18
    1st Aug 2018
    11:20am
    Sleep naked in the warm weather - pj's when it's cold.
    ozirules
    1st Aug 2018
    12:15pm
    never understood why people take off one set of clothes then don another to get into bed and if I have to confront home intruders when I'm naked I will take the opportunity to clobber them as they roll around the floor laughing.
    Huskie
    1st Aug 2018
    12:23pm
    Stacks up for me!
    Have slept naked, in all weather, since I left Boarding School in the early 60's!
    Rosret
    1st Aug 2018
    12:30pm
    He said to his girlfriend.
    MICK
    1st Aug 2018
    2:37pm
    Feeling lonely on this blog Rosret. Nice to see an 'old' face. Chuckle.....
    bobby
    1st Aug 2018
    12:32pm
    I have only one pair of pyjamas. I have to sleep naked until the pyjamas come back from the wash. My wife doesn't complain as she sleeps naked.
    BundyGil
    1st Aug 2018
    1:26pm
    Yeah, sleeping naked is the way to go. I've done it since I was around 16 Of course, not a good idea for when in hospital. Nurses may get turned on. hahahaha not
    BundyGil
    1st Aug 2018
    1:26pm
    Yeah, sleeping naked is the way to go. I've done it since I was around 16 Of course, not a good idea for when in hospital. Nurses may get turned on. hahahaha not
    Othello86
    1st Aug 2018
    2:55pm
    I have a water-bed - temperature controlled, so PJ's are optional!
    BERRYUPSET
    1st Aug 2018
    3:40pm
    Yes to sleeping naked!!!
    I Find though that I keep getting `ERECTIONS` with the contact of the sheet fabric against my
    privates!
    GO YOU GOOD THING!!!!
    PS I`m 80 he he he!
    Hillbillypete
    2nd Nov 2018
    6:06pm
    You wish!!!
    BERRYUPSET
    2nd Nov 2018
    7:19pm
    THERE EVERY MORNING TO GREET ME!! Wecall it......................
    MORNING `GLORIOUS`
    !
    BERRYUPSET
    1st Aug 2018
    3:40pm
    Yes to sleeping naked!!!
    I Find though that I keep getting `ERECTIONS` with the contact of the sheet fabric against my
    privates!
    GO YOU GOOD THING!!!!
    PS I`m 80 he he he!
    Charlie
    1st Aug 2018
    6:27pm
    Who would chase an intruder into the street and over the fence in the middle of the night, naked or not.?

    The only positive benefit I can think of is that it might free up the top spine, neck and shoulders and avoid getting into bad sleeping positions by having a pyjama shirt that is too tight.

    Did it a lot when I was young, but later in life, started to feel the cold even when it was hot.
    ozirules
    1st Aug 2018
    8:25pm
    you're right about the intruder but I sleep naked as I suffer very restless nights and pj's tie me in knots. I am never cold during the night as I have a feather doona.....getting up on a cold morning can be a bugger though...
    shirboy
    3rd Aug 2018
    11:15am
    I feel more comfortable & safe wearing sleep attire. Plus I think men look better when they are dressed !
    acrylon
    5th Aug 2018
    10:49am
    Many years ago, my husband was working night shift, and I was woken by someone trying to get in the door from the carport. I called out (we did not have a phone as we had just moved in). No response, just more noises at the door. In terror, I seized a large knife from the kitchen, then realised the intruder had moved further along towards our young children's bedrooms! I rushed down the hallway, just in time to see in the moonlight through our daughter's window, a large horse chewing on our coir mat! I woke the children with my half-hysterical laughter, and only then realised that I was naked! It has not stopped me from sleeping naked to this day.


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