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Should you sleep naked when you travel?

From improved hormone levels to better skin, sleeping naked is supposed to be highly beneficial. But what works at home may not work so well when you’re travelling.



The case for ditching your pjs in favour of your birthday suit is a compelling one. Even if you don’t take into account the purchasing of nightwear (thanks Mum) and the reduction in laundry, according to UK-based Dr Sarah Brewer, sleeping in the buff had been shown to have all sorts of benefits.


“Sleeping naked can regulate your temperature, helping you get the best night sleep,” she told MailOnline.


This is because people tend to fall asleep more quickly, and have better quality sleep, when the temperature is lower, she said.


Lower temperatures can also help irritating skin conditions and keep testosterone levels normal for men.


While that’s all well and good, when in an unfamiliar environment such as a cruise cabin or hotel room do the drawbacks outweigh the benefits?


I’m always worried about the folk who have access to my room - especially when combined with jet lag. Poor housekeeping staff probably do not want to be greeted by a naked sleepy guest.


And while most of Australia is blessed by a lack of earthquakes and the like, all those emergency evacuation maps hanging from the back of hotel doors are a great reminder that you may have to leave your room in a hurry. 


According to travellers who posted to question and answer site Quora, sleeping naked in a hotel can also expose guests to some nasties thanks to questionable hygiene practices outside their control.


Some even worry that naked sleepers may confuse the exit door for the bathroom door and oh the hilarity that would ensue.


Thank god for those hotel robes...


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 6 November 2018

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