Sleep naked to optimize your sleep quality.

Sleep Naked…Hit Dreamland Pretty Fast

Sleep is critically essential to optimal health…

But it’s not just sleep merely for its own sake!

The quality and amount matter the most.

Turns out, getting less than 7-8 hours of sleep each night, especially over time, can cause you severe health problems…

And there are things you can do to optimize your sleep and promote your overall health and well-being.

Many sleep-optimizing practices being touted in the health circles may sound incredibly over-the-top–kind of science fiction…

But as unbelievable as they may appear…

There is solid, abundant clinical evidence behind them!

Did you know that sleeping naked, for instance, can boost your sleep quality a great deal?

Yes…

Taking it all off will give you a better sleep, just as do eating right, getting plenty of exercise, and avoiding the blue screens around bedtime.

A body of research asserts that regulating body temperature may bring about some relief to people living with insomnia!

According to Dr. Cameron Van den Heuvel, a research fellow involved in a 2009 study of body temperature and sleep performed by the University of South Australia’s Center for Sleep Research:

Temperature regulation is a significant factor in each of the 2 types of insomnia. The difference is when insomnia occurs. People with sleep onset insomnia have difficulty initiating sleep when they hit the pillow, taking 2-4 hours each night in the worst cases; while people with sleep maintenance insomnia fall asleep easily, but have trouble staying asleep, waking up multiple times during the night. In both types of insomnia, sleep is not restful, and sufferers are tired during the day”.

Dr. Van den Heuvel adds:

“Studies on sleep onset insomniacs show that they consistently have a warmer core body temperature immediately before initiating sleep, when compared with normal healthy adults. This results in a state of heightened arousal that prevents them from falling asleep when they go to bed, probably because they have to wait for their bodies to lose the heat that’s keeping them awake. We are only talking about half to one degree, but that small temperature change can result in significant differences in arousal between insomniacs and people without sleeping problems”.

No doubt, based on this research, it may be worth shedding your clothes, as well as that heavy blanket, if you struggle with insomnia, or have difficulties falling asleep at night.

And there are other gains in sleeping naked…

It may result in greater Intimacy.

Sleeping naked may help amplify the intimacy and excitement between you and your partner.

Seeing your partner naked stimulates the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone“.

A 2009 study published by the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Uppsala, Sweden, had the following to say about oxytocin:

Oxytocin can induce anti-stress-like effects such as reduction of blood pressure and cortisol levels. It increases pain thresholds, exerts an anxiolytic-like effect, and stimulates various types of positive social interaction. Besides, it promotes growth and healing”.

So, the release of this hormone can not only benefit your relationship, but also your overall health!

See, the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Any warmer than that and your body may not be able to cool off as much as it needs to, for a truly restful, blissful sleep.

One great way to accelerate cooling down…is to ditch your clothes! Then, all you need is a light blanket, or even a sheet for that matter, and you’re good to snooze.

Better yet…

Getting enough quality sleep helps relieve stress by lowering your cortisol levels–the “stress hormone“.

See, chronically high levels of cortisol do provide a fertile ground for health problems such as high blood pressure, weight gain, and immuno-suppression to set in.

Matter of factly, cortisol levels naturally drop while you’re asleep at night…and then rise again to prepare you for wakefulness. So if you suffer sleep interruptions, the cortisol levels will not be stable, leading to surging stress levels.

And if you want to keep looking and feeling young

Sufficient and quality sleep is not an option, but an imperative!

See, during sleep, a variety of growth and anti-aging hormones, such as melatonin are produced. These hormones work the magic of keeping you looking and feeling young.

To encourage the optimal release of these rejuvenating hormones, you need to clock between 7-8 of sound sleep.

Again, sleeping naked lets your skin breathe, reducing your susceptibility to heat rashes and skin breakouts.

And that’s not all…

Snoozing naked reduces the chances of women developing yeast infections, as the vagina is kept cool and dry, rocketing your personal hygiene and sense of pride.

Now…

Flip the script for an overall picture of what sleep deprivation may mean for your health.

I have published multiple articles on sleep health, but it does no harm to do a reminder…because, “Even if they know, remind them”.

A 2010 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology showed that regularly getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night can lead to a higher risk of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The researchers used questionnaires to solicit participants’ data on their sleep patterns and health. They analyzed six years’ worth of data from just under 1,500 participants, all aged between 35-79.

In their report, they wrote that, “Short sleep duration was associated with an elevated risk of IFG (Incident-Impaired Fasting Glucose)”

Not only can this elevated blood sugar lead to heart disease and diabetes, but it can also lead to weight gain, which in turn can lead to a number of debilitating health issues, too.

Sleep Deprivation Predisposes You to Frequent Sickness

Not getting enough sleep compromises your immune system, making you more prone to frequent illness. And the worst part is that once you fall sick, you may become even more sleep-deprived, making things even worse.

Lack of Sleep Hurts Your Heart

Getting less than 5 hours of sleep a night, and more than 9 hours, meaning oversleeping, can have an impact on your heart health.

According to an analysis published in the European Heart Journal, some of the negative effects include an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke.

Even worse…

Getting too little sleep has been linked to incidences of breast cancer, colorectal and prostate cancers. And shift workers seem to take the greatest brunt of this due to irregular working hours.

Sleep Deprivation Clogs Your Mind

Not getting enough ZZZ’s really messes with your cognitive health, sending down a heavy mass of fog to settle in. In-arguably, sleep is necessary to organize and consolidate the things we learn during the day. It locks in new information and commits it to memory.

Last and perhaps the worst…

Lack of sleep sends your sex drive downhill, rendering you just a zombie in the bedroom!

And you’ll be left wondering what whacked you down there because those romantic nights you used to cherish would be a part of past memories!

Researchers found that young men who lost sleep nightly over a year had a decrease in testosterone levels. In fact, sleeping less than 5 hours a night reduced the sex hormone levels by 10-15%.

Additionally, men also noted that their mood and drive declined each night their sleep was interrupted.

Clearly, there is no denying that the foregoing is too much to take in…

And it all revolves around one thing–Sleep Deprivation!

Surely, if stripping in bed can go a long way in alleviating some of these problems…

Then, it should be a no brainer!

Sprawl in your bed naked for optimal health!

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