What you should and shouldn't wear to bed

I think there are two types of people. Those who care about what they wear to bed and those that don’t.

OK, I’ll admit, maybe narrowing it down to only two categories is a bit extreme. But it seems that while some people are keen to buy the latest cool sleepwear, others just pull on whatever’s comfortable.

I suppose there is a third category – sleeping naked.

Ultimately, we should make sure that the quality of our sleep doesn’t suffer because of our sleepwear choices.

Here are a few general ‘do’s and don’ts’ for what to wear to bed.

Going to bed naked has its advantages

Wearing your birthday suit certainly cuts down the washing.

It also has the potential to lower your core body temperature. Being too hot or too cold will interfere with a good night’s sleep. Your body temperature changes throughout your sleep cycle. As you fall asleep, it drops a couple of degrees, helping you slip into slumber.

On hot nights, stripping off may help you fall asleep and keep you from overheating throughout the night. On cold nights, depending on your bedding, you might find a nice pair of pyjamas are a better choice.

Be fussy about what your pyjamas are made of

Assuming you’re the pyjama-wearing type, it’s better to choose ones that are lightweight and comfortable on the skin.

Ideally, they should be made from material that helps regulate your body temperature. Often, natural fibres are the best. Silk pyjamas not only sound luxurious, but they tend to breathe, absorb moisture without feeling damp, and can be worn all year-round.

All-natural cotton can be light in summer and warm in winter. Brushed cotton (also known as ‘flannelette’) can be super cosy in winter. Cotton mixed with bamboo can feel extra-silky and super comfortable. Bamboo is also eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial.

As wool has proven thermal qualities, pyjamas made of wool might be a great choice on cool nights. According to an Australian study, wool helps your body reach the “thermal comfort zone” most conducive to quality sleep.

Avoid tight clothing in bed

Needless to say, wearing anything that’s too tight is going to make you feel uncomfortable and this will interfere with a good night’s sleep. Loose-fitting bed wear is best. It doesn’t restrict movement and it can stop you feeling sweaty or irritated.

Some women worry that if they don’t wear a bra to bed they’ll end up with saggy breasts. “Not true,” according to the experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine. If you want to wear a bra to bed, it probably won’t do you any harm. But if you tend to wear an underwire bra, you might feel a bit constricted and this could disrupt your sleep.

Slip on some socks

Wearing socks to bed, though not the sexiest look, could help you sleep. By heating up your extremities, you hasten the slight drop in core body temperature that brings on sleep. Socks can also help if you’re prone to foot cramps, especially when the weather turns cold.

And while we’re talking about you getting your best night’s sleep…

Your choice of sleepwear is just one of the many factors that affect the quality of your sleep. The ambient room temperature, the amount of light and air in your bedroom, the type and amount of bedding and your use of digital devices, can all have an impact.

Not to mention your mattress and pillow. Your body’s temperature and comfort are hugely affected by the type of mattress you have. The best quality mattresses give you the right level of comfort and support, and allow for sufficient airflow to help maintain the right temperature for a great night’s sleep.