the small things

That’s perhaps an odd title for a blog post about the benefits of sleeping naked.

I am a big believer that all the small things I do to decrease stress and to assist my body in feeling less pain add up to a much larger effect.

The article linked below from Lifehack.org lists 7 benefits of sleeping sans clothing.  I copied portions of the article here and it’s worth the full read.  I think that numbers 1 through 5 are great reasons someone with RSD might want to add birthday suit sleep to their list of small things.

1. You’ll slow down the signs of aging and look more beautiful and youthful.

Sleeping naked in a room maintained at a temperature no higher than 70˚F (21˚C) stimulates the release of the anti-aging hormone called melatonin

2. You’ll feel happier and more stress-free.

That’s because sleeping naked boosts the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin (also called the “love hormone”) is a powerful feel-good hormone that is involved in orgasm and sexual responsiveness, combating stress and depressionreducing intestinal inflammation by improving gut motility, and blood pressure reduction

3. You’ll get better quality of sleep.

An Australian study found that some forms of insomnia can be provoked by improper body temperature regulation at night. Another study showed that the regulation of in-bed body temperature could significantly help in improving sleep quality and reaching deeper slumber

4. You’ll lower your cortisol levels and maintain healthy body composition.

Poor or no sleep is associated with the release of cortisol, or the so-called stress hormone, as well as hunger hormones that can trigger our appetite for comfort foods and thus lead to overeating…Because sleeping naked helps you get deeper sleep and keeps your body temperature at the optimal ranges, your body is better able to regulate cortisol

5. You’ll boost your immune system.

Moreover, increased oxytocin and reduced cortisol levels – both previously mentioned – contribute to a more robust immune system. Keeping these important chemicals at their optimal amounts in your body’s ecosystem by sleeping naked means giving yourself the best shot at fending off germs, viruses and other disease-causing organisms…

6. You’ll protect your lady parts from infections.

The vagina will get more ventilation, when you sleep naked, increasing its ability to stay dry and reducing the probability of fungal infection…

7. You’ll increase your virility.

This applies to men. Gentlemen, sleeping naked has been found to increase virility by keeping the testes cooler, which is why the testes are located outside of the body in the first place…

Link to full article:

http://bit.ly/1OTG4Kd

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