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Go Ahead, Get Naked: 5 Health Benefits of Stripping Down

posted: 09/28/15
by: Mara Betsch
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If you're like most Americans, you're nude just a few times a day -- usually only while showering, changing clothes, or having sex. But research shows that it's probably better for your mental and physical health if you strip down to your birthday suit more often. Here are five solid, science-backed reasons to take it all off:

You'll sleep better

Stripping down while you sleep can actually lower your body temperature, which needs to be at an optimal 65 degrees for you to sleep comfortably. Taking off your pajamas can help you cool down -- and have a better night's sleep. There's an added bonus, too: sleeping in cool environments has been shown to increase metabolism-boosting brown fat.

Your skin will look healthier

Wearing tight clothing or clothing may make you sweat, which can inflame skin follicles and cause rashes and breakouts. And abrasive clothing is no better -- fabrics like wool, nylon and spandex can cause dermatitis, a form of skin irritation. Sleeping underwear-free can also help regulate bacteria in your lady parts.

You'll get more vitamin D

If you're brave (and don't have nosy neighbors), sunbathing in the nude can boost your mood. Stripping down and going outside can increase your vitamin D intake -- deficiency has been associated with depression and mood disorders. Just be sure you keep your time in the sun brief -- about 15 minutes -- so you don't harm your skin with UV rays.

You'll improve your self-esteem

Traipsing around in the buff can help you get in touch with your body, reduce body shame and improve self-confidence and acceptance. Learning to love your body, even the parts that you may be self-conscious about, can help others love it, too.

You may improve your sex life

Not only will being naked more often improve your self-confidence, but it will also catch the attention of your significant other. A 2014 survey found that 57 percent of those who slept naked reported being happy in their relationship while 48 percent of pajama wearers said the same. Being naked with your partner is a way to be physically and emotionally intimate. Why not give it a try?