Going commando can let your nether regions ‘breathe’ and stop irritation and infection, according to the experts
Many of us forgo our thick pyjamas for boxers or briefs during hot summer nights, but it turns out that wearing your undies in bed may be doing you more harm than good, or so say the experts.
They believe that it is much better to sleep naked at night to let your skin breathe and to avoid infection.
Dr Alyssa Dweck, who works in the field of gynaecology for several hospitals and health centres in New York state, has recently spoken about her concerns.
“I often tell my patients to sleep without underwear” the co-author of V is for Vagina, told Shape.
“If [the area] is constantly covered – especially by a fabric that’s not moisture-wicking or absorbent – moisture collects, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria or yeast.”
She believes that sleeping in your underwear could lead to severe chafing, irritation and skin infections, without you even releasing that your sleepwear may be the cause.
The problem can become particularly acute for women suffering hot flushes at night during the menopause.
Dr Dweck said that those who say they must wear their briefs at night should opt for a loose-fitting cotton pair.
She added: ‘If there’s ever a time to break out the granny panties, this would be it,’
The problem, however, can have more serious consequences for men.
Dr Brian Steixner, Director of the Institute for Men’s Health at Jersey Urology Group in the US, says that men who choose to sleep in boxers can compromise the quality of their sperm as their genitals become too warm during the night.
He said: “Your nether regions need to be just the right temperature in order to optimise sperm production.”
He added: “More bacteria makes for a higher likelihood that any chafed or irritated skin down there becomes infected.”
Fertility aside, there are added benefits to sleeping in the nude too as cooling down the body can help lower blood pressure.
As well as avoiding nasty skin ailments, sleeping naked with a partner is also thought to improve your sex life.
According to a recent survey which polled 1,000 people, 57 per cent of nude sleepers reported being happier with their relationship, compared to just 48 per cent of clothed snoozers.
The key is believed to be in the skin-on-skin contact, which triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin – the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.
This can help you to feel better connected to your partner, and – yes – more interested in sex.
But If that doesn’t swing it for you? Just think of all the time and money you’ll save on a reduced washing pile.
Culled from Evening standard Written by Liz Connor