Depending on whose statistics you believe, about 10 to 25 percent of the world population sleeps in the nude. That’s not much. Of course we can understand that if you’re an eskimo living in an iglo or a nomad sleeping on the floor of a tent in the desert at temperatures going well below zero that you may perfer to put some socks on, but other than that, why on earth would you chose to wear clothes in bed? And yet, more than three fourth of the world population prefers to do so.
Since long before we became nudists, or better, since we started to consider ourselves nudists we have chosen the option to sleep in the buff. We never actually gave it a lot of thought really, it always felt natural. Pyjama pants just got stuck in our butts, causing annoying wake-ups in the middle of the night involving pulling and squeezing and turning and meanwhile waking up our partner who was not particularly happy with the sudden energy in the bed either.
At least, that’s how we imagine that things would go, we sleep naked since way before we met each other and here’s why you should too.
This doesn’t really come as a surprise, our skin has to breathe. All day it’s stuck in layers of t-shirts and socks and trousers and pullovers and bras and boxershorts and when you get undressed in the evening it thinks “FINALLY, some air!”. But then you put your pyjamas on and your skin gets suffocated again and it can only think of a sweet revenge… “Tonight, when you’re fast asleep, I’m going to start itching like hell!”
And you start sweating, your body and whatever you’re wearing gets moist. The perfect breading ground for bacterias and fungi. You may be feeling lonely, but those companions are better not to have in your bed.
All naturists will tell you how being naked (both in and out of the bed) gives you a certain level of freedom, a quick getaway from the material world. Even when it comes to sleeping this makes perfect sense. You don’t have to think about what to wear, you don’t have to wonder whether it will be loose or tight enough and if you wake up in the middle of the night with a bladder about to explode you don’t even have to take off your pants when you reach the toilet. Pretty convenient, no?
But the fashion industry will tell you a different story. They’ll convince you that sexy (and expensive, of course) night dresses are perfect to spice up your sex life. Baloney. Cuddling skin to skin will get you more in the mood than a piece of fabric ever will.
Sleeping naked is a perfect first step. You’ll feel more comfortable in bed and thus you’ll start feeling better being naked in general. The short walks from the shower to bed to the bathroom and back to bed will be your first nude hikes. After a while you won’t bother anymore to put on clothes to get to the kitchen for a midnight snack or for breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning. You’ll find yourself cleaning up the kitchen naked, doing the laundry naked (and be amazed of how little there is lately) and realizing that you were about to walk the dog naked.
That’s when you’re ready to hit the nude beach!