I’ve tried every combination of sleepwear. Boxers. Boxers and a shirt. Just a shirt. Just socks. Long sleeves and spandex. Khakis and a button down. I’ve run the gamut of what people can wear when they sleep. But I keep coming back to the original: my birthday suit. Easy, liberating, carnal.
As a chronic nighttime nudist, this is a tough time of year for me. It’s winter. It’s cold. Should I keep my space heater on all night at the risk of waking up to a fiery blaze? Am I too old to send my mom a Christmas list?
We worry enough about what to wear during the day, so let’s make sleep preparation easy. I understand taking an hour or two to really figure out whether the plaid or striped flannel is going to turn the most heads at the bar, but that type of overthinking before bed can take away from restful sleep.
You need to figure out your ideal sleep environment. Not what the researchers at University of Snoozeville (not a real place) concluded to be perfect ambient conditions for a human after consuming a standardized mixed macronutrient meal four hours before bedtime. As I mentioned, I’ve done extensive personal research on what works for me. In fact, I’ve spent every night for the past 25 years sleeping. No days off. And I’ve learned that you should sleep in whatever setting is most comfortable for you.
It’s important to understand how to keep your body undisturbed at night, and that includes a cool body temperature (around 65° Fahrenheit/18° Celsius) and physical comfort. These next suggestions will blow your mind, so if you’re standing you might want to sit down:
- Ask yourself this: Does it feel good? If you don’t like the texture of silk, put away that silky pair of pajamas. As much as you want to dress to impress, it’s going to prevent you from solid slumber.
- Fit is important. If you’re losing circulation to your legs because you’re rocking compression shorts to bed, don’t rock them.
- Waking up in a pool of your own sweat is a telltale sign to take off a layer or two.
- Frozen feet is your body’s way of asking for a pair of lightweight socks.
Identify the reasons you’re waking up, and then address them. Clothing and temperature will affect your sleep. You need to figure out how they do. I know I probably sound pretty harsh and unhelpful. I’m not really providing advice as much as I’m telling you to go figure it out, buddy!
As I said earlier, I’ve found sleeping naked to be the trick for me. I don’t have to wrestle with anything besides the sheets on my bed. Weather permitting, I like to just use the comforter. It’s big, puffy and gets the job done. I asked a friend and he prefers shorts and a light t-shirt. So try a week going nude or wearing athletic shorts, maybe spending a night in a raccoon hat. Or if you’re really going for the workouts this year, try Tom Brady’s Athlete Recovery Sleepwear.
Bottom line: If it works, it works.