As we grow older, getting a good night’s sleep tends to be more difficult, since our sleep patterns and habits may change over the years. Beyond making us feel tired and irritated, chronic sleeplessness can result in various health conditions, such as heart disease, obesity and even mental health conditions. Taking sleeping pills or supplements may help you to drift off to dreamland, but if you want a more holistic way to get better sleep, you may want to take a closer look at your nightwear. Wearing the right clothes for sleeping can have a positive impact on sleep quality, yet only 30 percent of Americans actually wear pajamas or other types of sleepwear to bed. To have a good night’s sleep, here are the things that you should never wear to bed.
Clothes made out of non-breathable fabric
Wearing nylon, spandex or polyester clothes, or any other clothing made out of non-breathable fabric, can contribute to sleeplessness as these can cause you to feel overheated during the night. To avoid night sweats or discomfort, choose pajamas or shirts made out of cotton or linen, as these fabrics are extremely breathable, lightweight, airy and soft, making them ideal to wear during hot summer nights. Better yet, get some moisture-wicking nightwear such as Cool-jams pajamas, which wick heat, absorb moisture, and keep you feeling dry and comfy while you sleep.
Anything binding or constrictive
You may feel too tired to change into proper night clothes after a long day of work or after partying all night, but taking time to change into a comfy pair of pajamas or a sleep shirt can make a huge difference if you want to have a good night’s sleep. Tight clothes restricts your range of movement, and having a too-tight waistband or bra digging into your skin can cause discomfort and disrupt your sleep. So as soon as you get home, change out of your skinny jeans, leggings, tight-fitting dress or trousers, and wear roomy pajamas that allow you to freely move your body. Women should also remember to take their brassieres off, as research has shown that wearing constrictive clothing at night can affect the body’s ability to produce melatonin, which is essential for regulating sleep cycles.
It might seem like a good idea to wear that cute bedazzled sweater to bed, especially if you’re on a sleepover with friends. But wearing any clothing with embellishments or add-ons, such as studs, small chains, sequins, patches, and the like may feel uncomfortable after a while. It can even be painful, as any embellishment with sharp or pointed edges can accidentally puncture your skin while you're sleeping. Save the highly embellished clothes for daytime or for drinks with friends, and wear soft pajamas, or a plain nightgown or capri set to bed.
Anything that won’t look presentable in the morning
Apart from making you feel good, your nightwear should also make you look good. Instead of wearing an old, holey t-shirt and baggy sweats, wear clothing that will make you feel comfy while you sleep, but which still looks presentable enough to wear at the breakfast table. Check out Cool-jams nightshirts, which come in a variety of colors and patterns, or the Gathered Tank Nightgown, which can double as a breezy house dress. Meanwhile, men can wear the Cool-jams Moisture Wicking Boxer Pajama Set, which not only feels soft and comfortable for a good night’s sleep, but also looks right for hanging out at home on a lazy weekend.
The right clothes can make a difference in your sleep quality. Wear comfortable and presentable nightwear to help you get a good night’s rest, and see how it improves your health and overall well-being.