With warmer climes ahead, you might be thinking about shedding a few of your late-night shifts when you head to bed.
But sleep experts have issued warnings for those of us who like to snooze naked.
The sleep expert at Time4Sleep, Dr. Hana Patel said undressing could pose hygiene risks.
When we sleep, our bodies shed hair, skin saliva, and fecal matter — yes, fecal particles — onto our bed, she wrote a blog post.
This hair loss process is likely to increase if you sleep without pajamas.
In addition, dust mites accumulate in your bedding the longer you sleep in your bed, increasing the concentration of bacteria in your sleeping space.
“If you choose to sleep naked, I would recommend washing your sheets at least once a week,” said Dr. patel
And if you’re sharing the bed with a partner, she also recommends having a conversation about sleep preferences.
“If you’re sleeping next to someone, sleeping naked is a matter of personal preference, as long as both parties are comfortable and aware of the risks,” the specialist explained.
That being said, there are definitely some benefits to sleeping naked, one of which is that it improves blood circulation.
The sleep psychologist Dr. Katherine Hall previously told the Sun: “When you sleep your blood flow still increases, but sleeping naked prevents clothing like socks or tight pajamas from restricting blood flow.”
Good blood circulation allows each organ to function properly and helps blood and oxygen flow throughout our body.
It is particularly “crucial for your heart and muscles,” added Dr. add hall.
“In men it can increase fertility and in women it reduces the risk of infections caused by uncomfortable underwear.”
Sleeping naked can also help regulate body temperature, which is always higher with illnesses like the flu.
dr Patel said: “Many studies have been done on sleep thermoregulation that show that sleeping naked can help regulate body temperature, which is always higher when you are ill. So skipping your pajamas will likely help bring the temperature down and help fight common diseases like the common cold.”
Although sleeping naked can cool you down when you’re sick, according to Dr. Patel not really recommended when it’s warm outside as not wearing pajamas can make you feel hotter.
Instead, she recommended sleeping in lightweight pajamas or linens made from natural fibers as a “sweat-wicking barrier.”