The perfect pajamas, or lack thereof. What do you need to sleep in

Putting on your pajamas can act as a psychological signal for relaxation and a calm end to the day. You take off your daytime uniform and put on clothes that make you feel safe, comfortable, and at home. Sean Stevenson devoted an entire chapter to this topic in his book “Healthy Sleep”, because what we sleep in affects the quality of sleep. Is it true that the best nightie is the Adam and Eve costume? Is tight underwear harmful? Will your breasts be more beautiful if you sleep in a bra? .. Answers to these and other questions are in our material.

Thermal Suit Experiment

Thermoregulation is of paramount importance in managing sleep quality. Research shows that some types of insomnia are associated with poor thermoregulation and an inability to lower body temperature to move into deeper sleep phases. It is important to understand that our body is much better able to warm itself than to cool itself, so you will make it easier for yourself by choosing lighter and more relaxed clothes for sleep.

In one experiment, Dutch scientists forced subjects to sleep in thermal suits to lower their skin temperature by less than 1 ° C (without affecting core body temperature) and to understand how this would affect sleep. The results showed that the subjects were less likely to wake up, and the time spent in the third and fourth phases (deep sleep) increased.

Do you still think that sleepwear is nothing?

You don’t need to freeze your feet to sleep better. The main thing is not to wrap yourself up too much. It’s great when you can adjust the temperature in the room. But if you overdo it with heating, when you wake up, you may not feel that you have rested, although you have slept for the “right” number of hours. Seven blankets (plus one electric) and clothing to go hunting can keep you from falling into the most restorative sleep phases.

Midnight Strangler

The cut and size of your sleepwear is more important than any fashion accessory. Tight, restrictive clothing is a serious mistake. Pajamas that are too tight can literally block the flow of lymph. The lymphatic system is the cellular “waste management structure” and an important part of the immune system. It provides transportation and circulation of extracellular fluid throughout the body; while the volume of lymph exceeds the volume of blood four times.

Socks can interfere with lymph flow. A source

If tight clothing blocks the lymph flow, extracellular fluid will begin to accumulate in various parts of the body, which can lead to very unpleasant consequences.

The most common example is tight socks. They are too tight if, when you remove them, you see a clear print of the rubber band on your skin.

Toxic substances are excreted from the body through the lymphatic system.

Cutting off the lymph flow is like bending a water hose to keep the water from flowing out. Swelling caused by fluid pressure can damage your internal water supply or cause even more serious damage.

It may be shocking, but a 2009 study found that women who sleep in a bra had a 60% higher risk of developing breast cancer. Numerous experiments support the link between breast cancer and wearing a bra.

This does not mean that you should throw away your bras, but it is necessary to be aware of this relationship. When you take off this garment and find characteristic indentations in your back, sides, shoulders and chest, it means that you are blocking the flow and circulation of lymph.

Lymph nodes and lymph function play an important role in the prevention of many diseases, including breast cancer. Many women wear a bra 24 hours a day for fear of public stigma, or to avoid sagging breasts, or to prevent back pain. Beliefs of this kind are immensely powerful, but scientific evidence shows that these fears do not stand up to scientific verification.

The 15-year study, which involved over 300 women, concluded with the following conclusion: “From a medical, physiological and anatomical point of view, there is no advantage for the breast to resist gravity.” Women who did not wear a bra gained more muscle tissue that naturally supported their breasts and also had more nipple lift (in relation to the shoulders). In contrast, women who wore a bra actually accelerated breast sagging.

Again, this information contradicts deep-rooted public opinion, but it is based on hard-nosed scientific analysis. In a bra, breasts can look amazing while a woman is wearing it. But because the breasts are constantly held in a weightless state, they have little chance of developing the ability to support themselves. As with any other part of the body, if you don’t use it, it will atrophy.

Since our main topic is improving the quality of sleep and, as a result, improving health, it is quite obvious that during a night’s rest you can take off your bra and thereby prevent serious problems associated with wearing it around the clock.

Tight underwear

What about men?

A study published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology tested the popular (but often overlooked) belief that wearing tight underwear degrades sperm quality. Over the course of the experiment, which lasted three months, subjects were required to alternately wear tight-fitting swimming trunks and looser underpants. The following sperm parameters were tested: density, total count, total motile sperm count and motile sperm count per hour of abstinence. The results showed that these parameters progressively deteriorated when men wore tight underwear and improved when they wore looser underwear.

The results showed that these parameters gradually deteriorated when men wore tight underwear.
Loose underwear gives a comfortable feeling. A source

Have you ever heard the phrase “form over fashion”? It’s about this: what we wear should make the body easier to work, not interfere with natural movement, and also be pleasant to the touch and comfortable (and not just look good on us). Cultural conventions sometimes force people to wear clothing that severely restricts movement and even hurts – all in order to look good, meet social standards, or be fashionable.

Pajamas options

Proper sleepwear should be loose and allergy-free (both the fabric itself and the way it was washed). This is not about sleeping in a shapeless nightie that resembles a sheet with a hole in the middle where you need to stick your head. Feel the comfort of freedom. There are many options for attractive sleepwear. Here’s what you can wear to bed.

For men: family shorts, loose pajama pants, basketball shorts, if necessary – a regular T-shirt. Or nothing.

For women: shorts, your (or partner’s) T-shirt, family briefs, light nightgown, yoga pants, or any non-skinny sweatpants or oversized pajama pants. Or nothing.

In the buff

If you and your partner sleep naked, then you have probably already experienced the full benefits of oxytocin, the well-being hormone. It is beneficial to sleep in the same bed, massage, have sex or just hug; only a touch of skin to skin is needed. Oxytocin is a powerful anti-stress hormone. It reduces the signs of depression symptoms, fights the negative effects of cortisol, and helps regulate blood pressure. Oxytocin has been found to reduce intestinal inflammation and improve motility. This is a great excuse to get even closer.

Based on the book “Healthy Sleep”

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