Sleeping naked will make you even hotter, experts warn

Caroline Allen
Contributor
Experts warn that sleeping in the nude will make you hotter than sleeping in pyjamas. [Photo: Getty]

As the heatwave continues, it’s safe to say we’ve tried everything to get a decent night’s sleep.

Frozen pillows, check. Showering with our clothes on, check. Frozen hot water bottle, check.

However, the more obvious suggestion of sleeping naked might not be as helpful as you’d think.

It turns out sleeping naked actually makes you hotter, so the experts say.

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“Sleeping naked always seems to be the answer for most people when it comes to uninterrupted sleep in the heat, but this is a myth.” Christabel Majendie, resident sleep expert at Naturalmat reveals.

As it turns out, wearing pyjama fabrics draws sweat away from your body and makes you feel a lot cooler and more comfortable.

Who knew?

“When you sleep naked sweat actually collects on the body and then remains there. The fabric in pyjamas will wipe the moisture away from the body so sleeping naked doesn’t help you to cool down at all.”

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This rule doesn’t apply to babies. The Lullaby Trust advises parents that babies will be fine to sleep in just a nappy during hot weather.

The National Sleep Foundation advises that keeping windows, blinds and curtains closed during the day will help keep the hot temperature out.

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It’s also worth considering that sleeping with a fan on all night might be bad for your health.

According to Sleep Advisor, sleeping with a fan can spread allergies, cause dry skin and contribute to sore muscles.

It looks like it’s time to shut the windows, turn off the fan and put on some layers.

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