Why What You Wear To Bed Could Mean More Than You Think


This article was inspired by Rubin Naiman, Ph.D.’s piece for the Huffington Post. To read the original, please visit this link.

When we get dressed in the morning, it’s typically to accommodate the day’s expected events. Whatever it is we think our day may have in store for us, that’s what we attempt to dress for– but because we think of sleep as quite uneventful, on the other hand, we don’t normally “dress up” for it. In fact, we’re more likely to undress altogether before hitting the hay! The fact of the matter is though, what we wear to bed says a lot about who we are as a person.

The relative lack of data in regards to bedtime attire indicates that about two-fifths of Americans take almost all– if not all– their clothes off at bedtime. On the other hand, another 23 percent have on shorts and a T-shirt before bed, while only one-third of us actually end up “getting dressed” for sleep with nightgowns or PJs.

When we were little, many of us thought of sleep as ushering in another trip to Dreamland, oftentimes with pixie fairies and nighttime deities in beautiful billowing gowns taking us there with them. This also helped cement the idea that sleep was a “celestial affair,” one that elicited reverence and awe.

So could what you wear to bed, then, reflect your fundamental values regarding sleep and the unconscious experiences (dreams) you have during it? No matter how you look at it, sleep is a surprisingly active experience that is truly transformational, sucking us into its sweet serenity while healing our bodies, restoring our health, and bringing us to those very dreams we used to speak so fondly of when we were kids.

Let’s look at our bedtime attire from a sense of fashion. When it comes to clothing that’s as comfortable and as appealing to the eyes as pajamas, is it any wonder they were designed for perpetuating the great bedtime routine of nighttime, sleep, and dreams to begin with? 

From a personal level, we can all get involved “in the evolution of sleep fashion” by trying out different styles and fabrics of sleep attire to see which we find the best rest in. Perhaps going birthday suit offers you the best sleep quality, even; regardless, taking note of how different nightclothes can affect our quality of sleep is as useful for people wanting to improve their sleep, as it is for individuals looking to bring about special dreams. Sleeping in your daytime clothes will keep you from acknowledging sleep’s truly restorative properties. 

In conclusion, whether our goal is to improve our quality of sleep or maintain an already wonderful one, the occasion is certainly something to dress up for.

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