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7 reasons to ditch your pyjamas and sleep nude.

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Studies show only 10% of people sleep in the nude, and this is surprising especially with all the wonderful benefits that come along with sleeping in the buff.

If the thought of sleeping in the nude isn’t appealing to you, here are 7 reasons that will have you convinced…

1. It could help you tone up.

Wearing clothing in bed keeps your body warmer, which prevents the growth hormone from being released. This is a disadvantage for several reasons.

“You need optimal levels of growth hormone to repair all tissues in the body and also to burn fat. Healthy growth hormone production also benefits your immune system, and lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease,” explains strength coach Charles R Poliquin.

The growth hormone also promotes bone density, builds muscle, promotes healthy weight and stimulate the growth of internal organs, so it's a bit of an all-rounder.

On top of this, sleeping nude reduces your levels of the hormone cortisol. According to Poliquin, if your body produces less cortisol while you sleep, it's going to produce more during the day — which is a big plus, because it's very effective during a workout. He adds that cortisol levels also impact your testosterone levels.

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"If you make too much cortisol, you are limiting your testosterone production. The consequences being that building muscle and burning fat becomes harder," Poliquin writes. (Post continues after gallery.)

2. People who sleep naked tend to have better relationships.

Skin to skin contact releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone. Those pesky pajamas can get in the way of skin to skin contact, and we need oxytocin it elevates happiness, lowers stress and reduces blood pressure.

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3. Sleeping naked reduces your risk of yeast infections.

It allows your vaginal area to have a chance to air out; yeast grows in warm and moist conditions. When it is cool and dry, the growth is prevented.

4. Sleeping naked keeps you young.

No Pyjamas? No problems.

Keeping the temperature around 68-70 degrees (20 degrees Celsius) allows the anti-ageing hormones, melatonin and growth hormone,to function properly. I know being comfortable and cozy at bedtime is important to a lot of people, but a warm sleep environment can prevent the natural cooling process to take place in your body while you sleep.

5. You will have better sex.

Just think about it, with all that oxytocin going around, and you’re both naked already! (Post continues after gallery.)

6. Our bodies need to cool at night.

This decreases our levels of cortisol. If we do not get enough restful sleep, we wake up with high levels of cortisol. High levels of cortisol trigger your appetite and our tendencies to overeat. High Cortisol levels can disrupt our sleep patterns, increase belly fat, and lower libido.

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7. It will give you a self-confidence boost.

When you sleep naked, you will learn to be more comfortable with your body. When you learn to be comfortable with yourself, you will be more happy. Not to mention, if you are spending all that time naked you will more than likely want to look your best.

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These are the wonderful benefits of sleeping naked. So, ditch the Pajamas and enjoy this empowering nightly freedom. You will feel better, look better, and have a great relationship with your partner.

This article first appeared on Organic Health and has been republished here with their permission.

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