Every so often I stumble upon an unexpected lifehack worth implementing in my daily routine. Sleeping naked and being naked more in general was one of those.
At first the idea sounded very unnatural to me. Turns out I just weren’t comfortable enough with my body to consider nakedness to be a positive thing.
I’ve never considered sleeping naked before, much less being naked around my home in general. Even after sex I’d usually put my boxers on straight away. The reason? I am uncomfortable with my body. It takes a lot to admit this. But admitting your insecurities is a lot better than going to the grave with them. So get over it and get naked. You won’t regret it, I promise.
Now, I didn’t realize how uncomfortable I really am about my body until recently. I mean, I knew that I am skinny, and I did consider this to be an unattractive attribute, but I never really connected the dots between my reluctance towards being naked and my insecurities over body image.
There are of course cultural reasons to why people aren’t comfortable being naked. More likely, though, how you feel about being naked probably has something to do with the environment you grew up in; with whether your family embraced nakedness or not.
I now think that if people are reluctant to be naked, say in the privacy of their home, its because they don’t want to be confronted with their own poor body image. Go fix that! Now! Be naked. And be proud of how you look.
When you are naked you are confronted with all of your “faults”; with all of the things that could be improved. Not always an easy confrontation to take. But one that is worth it. In order to improve your body image you will have to get comfortable with being naked, alone, and with your partner.
Sitting naked in my couch, having a cup of tea and watching a TV show was a very weird experience to me. I felt uncomfortable about it in the beginning, but soon realized that this was a good thing; I was confronting a personal issue of mine.
As it turns out, being naked around your home is very relaxing, even sensual. Ive only just experimented with this for a couple of days, but already I am seeing some positive improvements in the way I look at my body.
Besides becoming more comfortable with how you look today, being naked more could also push you to take your exercise plan more seriously in that you are confronted with the things you might be unsatisfied with a whole lot more.
If you are uncomfortable with being naked (which I think everyone who has body image problems are!), you don’t have to begin with being naked all of the time. Deciding to sleep naked is a good start. I’ve compiled a list of possible benefits to sleeping naked below:
Possible benefits of sleeping in the nude:
- You will rest better. According to the sleep foundation, the best temperature for sleeping is between 54- 75 degrees Fahrenheit (12-24 Celsius). So a cold room and a warm blanket would be the best way to regulate your body temperature during sleep. Clothing of any kind shouldn’t be needed.
- You will feel more sensual. I did when I first tried this. Being naked is actually a very nice feeling, especially in the comfort of a nice bed and warm blankets.
- You will be more comfortable with your body. I’ve always been quite skinny and I never saw that as particularly attractive. So I feel weird being naked. Going commando every night won’t magically make you love your body, but I think you might grow more comfortable with how you look (for those who aren’t) by confronting the feelings you might harbor making you feel unattractive.
- It could improve your relationship. I’m single but physical intimacy with someone you love is one of the greatest things life has to offer. I see being naked around each other as a way of letting your guards down. Intimacy is a vital part of any relationship – without intimacy and sex any relationship will break down and fade away.
- More and better sex? This is an extension of the above. Who wouldn’t want more sex in their life?
- Better hygiene (for women). I am not an expert on yeast and bacterial infections in the vaginal area, but apparently a lot of women suffer from this. According to this source, sleeping naked can be a great way to combat such hygienic problems.
According to this sleep survey, less than one in ten Americans sleep naked (8%). People elsewhere (for example 1/3 of Brits) are somewhat more likely to sleep naked, but I am still astonished by the very low general numbers out there.
Nakedness continues to be somewhat of a huge taboo in our society and I therefore think that it is important that more people write posts like this one. I for one will bring up the topic again in the future.
If you enjoyed reading this post, or if you have any advice for a novice (me) in the world of being naked at home, please do share your thoughts below. Thank you for reading!