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Should you sleep naked?

As someone who traditionally loves wearing pajamas to bed at night I have always wondered about the question: is it better to sleep naked than in pajamas? A lack of sleep over time has been shown to increase the risk for stroke, diabetes, cognitive decline, depression, and obesity, so it’s important to determine what’s best for yourself to get a good night’s rest.

Rather than sit around and continue to wonder, I decided to do some research on the topic and solve this dilemma once and for all. In the US, around 10% of the population admit to sleeping naked; which is actually kind of low considering about 30% of our friends in the UK do so. Now that I know some people in the world actually do sleep naked, what are the benefits of doing so?

The most scientifically sound reason I could find for sleeping naked was to better regulate your body temperature overnight. If you sleep in pajamas and have heavy covers it can be easy to overheat and disrupt sleep accordingly. The Sleep Council has determined that 68°F is the ideal sleeping temperature for a high-quality night’s rest.

Personally, this just tells me to make sure my thermostat is set to 68°F at night before going to bed. I normally don’t have trouble sleeping at night, but I know that is not always the case. It seems there is more research needed to truly determine its effect, but do you think sleeping naked actually helps sleep quality?

 

AB

Woman shouting into a megaphone

Do what I say and not what I do…

At the possibility of losing my public health street credibility, I have a confession: I am the epitome of what not to do–public health style.  For example, I don’t floss daily; I don’t always get five servings of fruits and vegetables each day; I definitely don’t get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night; I haven’t got a flu vaccine in years; and the list goes on and is probably longer than I should publically admit. Clearly, I know better, yet I still do not act.  But if I can’t seem to follow public health recommendations—should I really expect the general public to listen to me spreading the pro-health message?

I posed this question to a friend who felt that my inability to follow my own pro-health advice makes me more relatable to the general public. It reinforces that I am not a crazy public health woman who secretly judges every poor health decision everyone makes. It shows that humans are neither perfect nor is it realistic to expect every person to follow every public health recommendation.

So, given that I (and the general public) will not follow every public health recommendation, how do we clearly communicate the most important public health messages? And how do we even begin to classify which pro-health messages are the most important? How do we continue to promote health-enhancing behaviors without just adding to the noise of the thousands of messages that bombard us every day?