What you wear to bed can be the difference between restless dozing and a long, restful night’s sleep.
So how can you figure out if your PJs help you sleep or if they’re being a big restless pain? Here’s are a few key things you’ll need to focus on:
Pick the right fabric
Be strategic about your PJs' fabric – the right material can help regulate your body’s temperature. Cotton is lightweight, soft to the touch, and especially breathable. Silk is a thermoregulatory fabric that can keep you warm when you’re cold and cool when you’re hot. Other materials to consider are flannel, moisture-wicking, bamboo, wool and fleece.
Details, details, and more details
More specifically, the fit of your PJs matters. Looser ones move more easily over your body when you sleep while tighter PJs can cut off circulation depending on your sleeping positions. Buttons, snaps and tags can become problematic during the night as well.
Socks or no socks?
Cold feet are associated with sleeplessness, yet clammy feet can cause your entire body to overheat. If you feel chilly while you snooze, try wearing some lightweight socks to bed.
Can’t go wrong with your birthday suit
Sleeping nude helps stabilize your body temperature. If you sleep too hot, it reduces the production of melatonin and growth hormone – which are important factors for repair and anti-aging. Additionally, growth hormone affects the metabolism – so sleeping nude can lead to better body composition and facilitate deeper sleep.
All-in-all, it should be about personal comfort when deciding on sleepwear. You could try a silk night gown, cotton pajamas, or go commando. The choice is yours...