1 in 4 Brits sleep naked, resulting in significant health benefits
New research has found that one in four (23%) Brits now sleep in the nude – resulting in them reaping the rewards from significant health benefits, claim doctors.
Online furniture retailer, Furniture Choice, surveyed the British public to find out about their
sleeping habits and how many choose to ditch their pyjamas at bedtime.
The survey found that 40% of Brits do not generally have a good night’s sleep, with a quarter
(24%) stating that they only get six hours of sleep a night – despite a recommended 7-9
hours . Over a third (36%) reported that they wake up in the morning feeling tired, with a
sore back (32%) and a sore neck (27%).
When it comes to bedtime attire, one in four (23%) Brits choose to sleep naked. Whilst
sleeping in the nude does not cure aches and pains, it does have other significant health
Dr Sarah Brewer, a general practitioner, said: “Sleeping naked means that your body
remains cooler during the night, which is important as overheating is a common cause of
“Being over-hot in bed by 3 to 4 degrees changes brain-wave patterns, reduces the amount
of time you spend in REM sleep, increases the chances of waking up and reduces deep
sleep. Many worry about sleeping naked in the winter, however if your bedroom is the
recommended temperature of between 18-24 degrees C all year round, then there shouldn’t
be a problem.”
Dr Brewer states there are five key benefits of sleeping naked – helping lose weight,
improving skin problems and improving male fertility being some of them.
Five benefits of sleeping naked:
Aids weight loss
If sleep is disrupted from being too warm, your body produces more cortisol than
usual, leading to an increased appetite.
Improves skin problems
Overheating at night can worsen many skin conditions, so sleeping naked can help prevent this.
Reduces risk of fungal skin infections
Candida yeast cells change from the superficial ‘harmless’ cell form, to invading threat form, when conditions are warm and moist. Sleeping naked and airing areas susceptible to thrush can lead to fewer recurrent Candida infections.
Improves relationships with significant other
Sleeping naked gives a sense of freedom and may help couples feel more loving. Humans are highly-tuned to the sight of bare skin, which acts as a signal for sexual arousal.
Improves male fertility
Testosterone hormone is secreted at night and rises in certain stages of sleep. If a man feels too hot and his sleep is disturbed as a result, his testosterone production may be reduced. Sleeping naked helps to promote a healthier sleep pattern, so normal testosterone production occurs.
Brits Sleep Naked
Rebecca Snowden, interior style advisor at Furniture Choice, said: “With our bodies repairing during sleep, a good night’s rest is crucial to a happy and healthy life. It’s, therefore, worrying to see so many of us aren’t getting sufficient shut-eye each night.
“Staying away from blue-screen light a couple of hours before bed, and taking a bath, can help prepare our bodies for going to sleep. It’s also important to have a mattress and pillows that are designed to your requirements, ensuring you have a comfortable night’s sleep.”
Furniture Choice has created a mattress selector tool to help people find the perfect mattress, resulting in a better night’s sleep: http://www.furniturechoice.co.uk/BedroomFurniture/Mattresses/Mattress-Selector.htm
About Furniture Choice
Founded in 2005, FurnitureChoice.co.uk is an independent furniture retailer. The company
combines a deep knowledge of contemporary furniture manufacturing with first-class ecommerce
With a dedicated UK call-centre and an experienced quality control team in Asia, Furniture
Choice is able to offer customers the greatest variety of high quality contemporary furniture
and best-in-class customer service, backed-up with fast, free delivery and returns. To find
out more visit http://www.furniturechoice.co.uk/about-us/.
About Dr Sarah Brewer
Dr Sarah Brewer is a general practitioner, who qualified from Cambridge University with
degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine and surgery. She has a master’s degree in Nutritional
Medicine from the University of Surrey,
To find out more visit: www.DrSarahBrewer.com