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Sleeping in the nude — is it the best way to a good night’s sleep?

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According to recent headlines, around two thirds of millennials are going to bed in the buff while only 40% of baby boomers are hitting the hay without PJs.
Sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan discussed the impact nightwear can have.

“Everyone is unique,” explained Dr Ramlakhan. “Everyone has their own relationship with sleep and we sleep when we feel safe.

“Some people don’t like being exposed where as others don’t mind it at all.
“Ideally your extremities need to be cooler than your core temperature for optimal sleep.”
Dr Ramlakhan suggests that, whether you are clothed or not, using natural fibres in your bed linen will help prevent you overheating.

Is there a downside to sleeping naked?

“I can’t think of a single reason why it would be a bad thing to do … if you feel safe doing it, then do it.”
While sleeping nude may be more comfortable for you, however, it’s worth considering – if you’re sleeping away from home – if it’d be comfortable for everyone else should you need to get up quickly in the middle of the night!

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan’s 5 top tips for better sleep

  1. East breakfast within half and hour of getting up. Especially if you’re filled with nervous energy, eat something and stabilise your blood sugar level and stop yourself running on adrenaline.
  2. Cut back on stimulants. Reduce your dependency on caffeine and other stimulants as a replacement for food.
  3. Drink water. The body is around 60% water so aim to drink around 2 litres per day. Diluted juices and herbal teas are good but not coffee and tea.
  4. Back off from technology. Take breaks from your phone during the day, don’t sleep with your phone or turn to it first thing in the morning. Watch TV in a room that isn’t the bedroom. Aim to give your brain a rest.
  5. Get in bed early 3 or 4 nights a week.You don’t have to sleep straight away you can read a book or think about your day.(BBC)
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