How to dress to sleep well in winter

How to dress to sleep well in winter

Let’s start with a fun fact: Pajamas have been around since the times of the Ottoman Empire. They were so fancied by Europeans who visited western Asia and Northern Africa, they quickly spread to main Europe and were adopted as exotic loungewear. But the idea of wearing pajamas to bed didn’t make a dent in the modern western world till the onset of the 20th century. In the decades since, nightwear has become a sleep time staple.

What we wear to bed is mostly based on convenience rather than a set rule. But our convenience doesn’t always mean it is the right thing to wear to bed. Winters are more difficult as we try to cover up as much as possible before we hit the pillows, but we might end up waking up sweating in the middle of the night. Let’s look at some important tips for wintertime rules for wearing clothes for a good night’s sleep. 

Keeping it loose and comfy

There are many kinds of form-fitting flattering clothing that men and women prefer to wear to bed each night. Your skin-tight nighties and t-shirts are posing a risk to your overall health. First, once you wear constricting clothing to bed, like pants with an elastic waistband or a tight shirt, you’re negatively impacting your circulation further as hampering your ability to breathe normally throughout the night when you sleep.

Speaking of breathing, it is your skin that also must breathe, and wearing taut and tight items each night can cause skin irritations and even infections in the long run. But if that’s not enough, wearing tight clothing also has been linked to inhibiting the secretion of melatonin, which could be a key hormone that helps to control your sleep cycles throughout the night. And when your body’s natural biological time is off, the prospect of getting an amazing night’s sleep is off. 

No undergarments

Wearing undergarments to bed might be a common practice, but it is not necessarily healthy. Wearing underwear or panties covering up your genital region during the night can create the perfect kind of moist, dark, and warm breeding ground for several kinds of bacteria. And if you’re a woman who tends to get vaginal and yeast infections, sleeping with underwear is practically laying the groundwork to develop these kinds of undesirable conditions. 

When you ladies choose to go to sleep with your bra on, you’re making yourself go close to numerous health issues. In the first place, bras can be quite constricting, and if you’re wearing a bra that fits you tight, you’re hindering the circulation in your body. Further, bras can also squeeze and tighten the area around your diaphragm and put unnecessary pressure on your chest. Also, your bra’s underwire, straps, and hooks have the potential to dig into your skin, which can lead to indentations, irritations, welts, and even cysts over a long time. And if that’s not distressing enough, wearing a bra to bed is also increasing your likelihood of developing a fungal infection, especially in a humid climate. And if you think you are safe during the winters, think again. The comforter which keeps your body warm might prove to be too warm when you are wearing undergarments. 

Fabrics to swear by

Before you hit the mattress for a good night’s sleep this winter, remember not to layer yourself with clothes too much, as the comforter you put on yourself at the beginning of the night might be too warm when you are sleeping and wake you up sweating and wet. Wear a breathable layer of clothing and cover yourself up with a duvet or comforter, which you can remove later in the night if you feel too warm. A layer of clothes can be harder to remove in sleep. 

  • Cotton: This breathable, all-natural fabric is soft and naturally cooling, making it an excellent option for warmer nights. However, cotton doesn’t do a decent job of wicking away moisture and will become uncomfortable if you’re vulnerable to night sweats.
  • Silk: This luxury fabric is soft and cozy, and it’s great at regulating body heat. It can keep you warm on cool nights. But, silk is slippery, expensive, and needs frequent care.
  • Linen: Pure linen pajamas are super soft and breathable. This fabric also has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties, making it ideal for warm sleepers. However, linen wrinkles more easily and is mostly costlier than cotton.
  • Flannel: a wonderful option for cold nights, flannel keeps you warm and comfortable. It’s also soft and breathable. If you sleep hot, flannel PJs could be too hot for you to handle. If you prefer using comforters or duvets, avoid flannel.
  • Bamboo: The stem fibers of this hollow plant are spun to create a surprisingly soft, naturally wicking fabric. Bamboo is additionally hypoallergenic and will have antibacterial properties.
  • Wool: Known for keeping you warm in atmospheric condition, wool can even keep you cool on warm nights and forestall you from overheating. But do not overdo the layering. If you use thick comforters, avoid wool. 

Pay special attention to the sleeping environment

Wintertime can be very confusing- it can be really cold while we sleep but can get hotter during the night due to the warmth from the mattress, from your comforter, and the excess layer of clothing you might wear. Livpure’s wide range of mattresses come with a cooling gel layer to cut down excess warmth coming from the mattress, perfectly suitable for Indian climates. The all-weather comforter by Livpure is suitable for AC as well as mildly cold weather. It is so soft and luxurious that you won’t need anything else this winter. Keep your bedroom clean, cool, and smelling fresh for amazing sleep quality. Control the light in the bedroom with blackout curtains. 

Conclusion

Sleep is dependent on many factors, and clothing is one of the most important ones. It not only controls your mood, it also controls your body’s circulation. Keeping your body comfortable while sleeping, along with your sleeping environment can be a leading factor of an amazing night’s sleep. Follow some simple rules to get a refreshing night of slumber and wake up fresh and energetic. 

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