How to go to sleep? Do you pick the same pajama, shirt, or nightdress every time you go to bed? Did you ever wonder why is it so? Is it the most comfortable choice, or you just get used to it? Your mom said to wear it when you were little…?
In this post, I try to give an overview to make a chance for you to decide what will be the best clothing option when you finished your day and need some rest.
What to wear when you go to bed?
The way how you go to sleep has a significant effect on your sleep quality. Many factors can make your slumber better but even worst. The following list will give you some guidance on what to wear or not wear when you are going to bed. Better sleep will lead to better mental and physical health.
First of all, you should choose a fabric that feels good when you put it on. A correctly chosen material can support you to regulate your body temperature during the night. Evading to get overheated or feeling that you are cold can promote the quality of sleep, and this is a step towards a healthier life.
You can consider the following materials when you choose how to go to bed:
Cotton – It is an all-natural fiber. Very comfy, soft, breathable, and rarely cause any irritation on your skin. Without proper cover in a colder environment, you can quickly feel chilly. On the other side, cotton is inefficient at wicking away moisture, so look elsewhere if you are likely to sweat at night.
“I sleep with my feet on moss carpets, my branches in the cotton of the cloud” – Anaïs Nin
Silk – In it, you can feel the touch of luxury. Real, natural silk is costly. It is a perfect thermoregulator; warming you when you are cold and cooling if you are warm. It has a slippery feeling on your skin, and you might feel that you will fell out of bed during the night when wearing silk pajama.
Flannel – It is a lovely breathable fabric. Ideal for colder months, because it can keep you warm without overheating.
Moisture-wicking – this fabric was designed to draw water away. Choose this is if you are likely to sweat at night. It will help you to feel more comfortable.
Bamboo – It is so soft, one of the most delicate fabrics in the world, feels lovely on your skin. It is hypoallergenic too, and it is a great benefit if you suffer from an allergy. Bamboo helps your body regulate its temperature better, which makes it an ideal material for pajamas.
Wool and fleece – These fabrics keep you warm but with a high chance of overheating. Wool easily can irritate your skin. Fleece blocks air circulation so it can make you sweat.
Loose and clean
OK, now we are done with the fabric, it was an important decision. Let’s move a step forward!
Be always extra careful and often wash your pajama or nightdress what you use. It is not so pleasant to put on a sweaty cloth after a nice relaxing shower or bath. Not properly washed pajamas can affect skin irritation what can cause acne. If you have sensitive skin, use hypoallergenic detergent.
Ladies prefer to wear form-fitting and form-flattering clothing in the bed. They (and of course their partner) can prefer this look. The look is not everything. If you wear a too-tight top, booty shorts, or sexy robe, you can risk your health. These types of nightwears negatively affect your circulation and decreasing the ability to breathe normally, wearing too-tight nightwear inhibiting the development of melatonin. Melatonin is a crucial hormone that regulates sleep cycles. So when you are standing before your wardrobe, remember, loose is good.
Keep feet warm – wear lightweight socks
Now you have nightwear with lovely fabric, correctly washed and comfortably loose. There is another part of clothing that can make your slumber better. Put on lightweight socks! If you are wearing a pair of socks when going to bed, it will help your body to keep warm and lower the blood pressure, which makes it easier to fall asleep.
“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks and hid that lack of civilization in high boots” – Albert Einstein
I suggest changing to clean socks at bedtime, keep dirt and bacteria out of your bed. Try to choose lightweight fabric socks of wool that can keep your feet warm and will not create extra sweat and moisture.
Protect your hair
We are ready with the basics that will support you to fall asleep faster and have a pleasant, relaxing night. But there is more that you can do for yourself. It may seem strange, but wearing a scarf or a sleep cap is a big step to reach the dream hair that you always wanted. If you are covering your hair while you are sleeping, you can minimize hair breakage since you will not rub your hair to the pillow. Putting on a sleeping cap or a scarf will eliminate the dryness that can be caused by exposure to the night air.
Cover ears and eyes
This part won’t need a detailed explanation. Have you ever tried to sleep in a room where lights were on, and someone in- or outside made excessive noise? I sure you have. In this case, you will understand investing in a gentle eye mask, and earplugs will worth every cent. Research has shown that sleeping in the dark and silence is supporting the production of melatonin.
In the case of a sleep mask, it is great if it made from a breathable, natural fabric. It should contour to your face to keep unwanted light out.
The best earplugs for sleeping can be made from foam or silicone. Try them and make your choice which one fits better for your needs.
“Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say” – Charles Caleb Colton
What not to wear?
When you go to bed it is better to forget some items
You are an expert now and know how to go to bed to guarantee a great night’s rest. There are a few things that you should forget at bedtime; they can be annoying or even harmful.
Many people, especially women, like to wear lingerie when going to bed. Of course, they are beautiful and can highly impress your partner. I’m a woman too. I wouldn’t say, not to wear them at all in bed, but not the whole night long. Throw away bra and panties at sleep time if you care about your health and if you would like to have a pleasant sleep.
There is a common misconception about the bra, wearing it in the bed won’t help prevent sagging in the future. Keeping the bra on while slumbering is hindering the circulation in your body. The bra can put pressure on your chest, and it can prevent you from breathing correctly. Underwire, hooks, and straps can dig in or even hurt your skin. There is a chance to get a fungal infection, especially when you are sleeping in a room with high humidity.
Panties are a much more intimate topic. Let’s be brave and throw it away too. If you do so, you can reduce the possibility of developing vaginal irritations and inflammation. If you are not ready to get off it, try to switch for a loose type of underwear, such as cotton shorts. Try to avoid nylon, prefer natural fabric.
You don’t have energy after a long day to remove your makeup? If you do so, it won’t be beauty sleep. Keeping on your makeup all night long will cause pimples, or if you have them already, it easily can be worse. Washing off the dirt and oil buildup from your face supporting your skin and helps to avoid skin problems. Commonly used cosmetics are containing non-natural ingredients, wearing them too long can lead to rashes, irritations, and allergic reactions. Invest in some gentle makeup remover, and use it every evening. Doing so will keep your skin more hydrated and help to avoid premature aging.
I’m sure you have precious items that you always wear, like your wedding ring, or a necklace that you get for your last anniversary. Sleeping in jewelry is not the right decision. When you are wearing jewelry for a long time, you risk skin irritation and allergic reaction. With wearing your jewelry all night long, it could happen that you will wake up with scratches made by your ring or bracelet. There is a chance to lose your stud earrings during snoozing, and it will be tough to find them in the bed.
“I should rather have you than a heap of gold, even if it were very comfortable to sleep on” – Naomi Novik
Nothing – “Pick up” your birthday suit
Nudity in bed, not just increasing the intimacy between you and your partner but have many health benefits. First of all, it can keep you cold and prevents overheating. Lower your body temperature supports the production of melatonin and growth hormone both are important for anti-aging and repair. Another plus that sleeping without clothes can minimize the chance of skin or vaginal irritations or infections. And last but not least you will have less washing to do.
Now you can easily promote the quality of your sleep
In this post, I gave you an overview of sleep, supporting ideas that you can take into consideration. Always keep in mind that your preferences will decide how to go to bed. Experiment with different solutions until you find the very best for yourself! It could be a silk nightdress, a checkered pajama, an old t-shirt that is super comfy or just nothing at all.
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