Should women wear underwear to bed?
The conversation of whether you should or should not wear underwear is a debate that often has women divided. While some love to go fully nude every night, others may cringe at the thought of having to forgo their beloved briefs while they sleep. But who is right? Should women wear their knickers to bed, or is it ok to ditch them completely? Keep reading to find out more.
Should you wear knickers to bed?
The truth is, whether you wear knickers to bed or not doesn’t really matter all that much - it can simply come down to personal preference.
In fact, there is no need to keep your underwear on at night if you don’t want to, and it’s even considered to be a good thing to let your vagina get some air after being confined all day. If you do choose to go commando under your PJs, make sure you wash your nightwear regularly to keep your sleep set up clean and free of bacteria.
However, if you do decide to keep your underwear on while you snooze, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind. Most importantly, it's a good idea to make sure you avoid wearing anything that’s too tight or made from synthetic materials as this can lead to health problems, such as infections like thrush or vaginitis.
Instead, you should choose soft, loose cotton briefs and knickers that allow the skin to breathe. For example, these pure cotton maxi briefs by Playtex offer a comfortable and supportive high-waisted fit with microfibre properties.
What’s more, wearing underwear not only acts as a barrier to protect your clothes from vaginal discharge and blood, but it can protect your vulva and vagina from becoming irritated too.
Put simply, many women find it more comfortable to wear underwear while they sleep, and you may prefer to wear your knickers when you’re on your period. Wearing underwear to bed during your time of the month can provide a comforting layer of security.
Should I sleep naked?
To those that love to cosy up in a pair of pyjamas at bedtime, sleeping naked might seem like a totally strange idea. However, according to a survey conducted by bed retailer and manufacturer Dreams, 20% of Brits prefer to sleep in the nude. So, could it be time for you to ditch your PJs?
In short, whether you choose to sleep naked or not is completely up to you. It’s important that you feel comfortable while you snooze, and there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a peaceful slumber wearing absolutely nothing.
That being said, it’s thought that there are actually a few benefits to sleeping starkers. For example, some people think sleeping naked can help aid a better night’s sleep due to the fact that wearing nothing lowers your skin temperature. In turn, this can mean that you fall asleep faster and that you’re less likely to wake up during the night.
Keeping your skin cool not only means you’ll get better sleep, but you could stand to achieve a healthier complexion too. We all know how challenging it can be to sleep in a room that’s too warm, and aside from feeling uncomfortable, it can also disrupt the release of anti-ageing hormones, such as melatonin. If your body is too warm while you sleep, the production of melatonin, and other growth hormones, are reduced. These hormones are important for ensuring your skin looks youthful and fresh, as well as keeping wrinkles at bay.
The production of these growth hormones also helps promote tissue repair, and bone density, lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes. So, if you want to stay looking and feeling your best, sleeping in the nude might be the way to go.
It’s also thought that sleeping naked can help you feel more confident in the skin you’re in, and it could even help you and your partner feel closer. Enjoying skin-on-skin contact with your other half releases oxytocin, the happiness, feel-good hormone, which can help combat stress, depression and even high blood pressure.
If you’re not a fan of sleeping naked, don’t worry. There’s no need to give up your PJs if you don’t want to. For the best night’s sleep, make sure your pyjamas are loose and comfortable. Super soft fabrics such as cotton as your best bet, allowing your skin to breathe while you get your much-needed shuteye.
Want to wear your pyjamas but not your underwear? That’s perfectly fine too, however, you might want to think about swapping your PJs for a loose-fitting night dress, or even a baggy t-shirt and slouchy pyjamas bottoms or shorts combo if you’re keen to go commando.