We’re socialised, almost from birth, to believe that there’s something wrong with being naked. But what if nakedness was as much a part of our day-to-day lives as brushing our teeth?
Well, according to the research, spending more time naked can actually be good for your mental and physical health. Here are five health benefits of being naked, based on proper science and not just made up by us.
Sleeping naked can help you stay cooler throughout the night, supporting more restful sleep. Ideally, your bedroom should be at around 20 degrees while you’re sleeping. Taking off your clothes can only help.
“We have known for some time that men who increase the temperature of their testicles, either through the heat exposure at work or by wearing tight underwear, have poorer semen quality compared to men whose testicles are cooler,” according to leading fertility expert and researcher at the University of Sheffield, Allan Pacey.
Basically: taking a break from underwear means healthier swimmers.
Positive body image
Studies show that being naked around around other people (when it’s appropriate, obvs.) and especially around non-intimate partners, can help boost your self-esteem and overall life satisfaction. Nudists may be onto something.
Obviously, hanging around in the buff is no substitute for taking proper precautions over your general and sexual health but there’s no denying that your genitals need air.
Frequent nudity can ensure you’re not creating moist surfaces on your body that can breed bacteria. Spending more time naked can help prevent infections, most commonly yeast infections and jock itch, both of which are caused by bacteria.
Better sex (double YAY)
This may seem like it goes without saying, but spending more time naked can improve your sex life. Being naked more often increases the likelihood of sex. It will also boost your own confidence, making you more likely to try new things and ask for what you want.
“Try getting your partner to spend more time naked with you,” suggests Brianna Rader, a relationship & sex educator. “It will give you both an opportunity to touch and admire each other.”