Dress For (Sleep) Success: What To Wear For Sleep Comfort

September 28, 2015 All posts Jared Sebastian
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Getting a good night’s sleep is all about crafting the perfect environment. A solid, reliable, and replicable night-time routine is often exactly what your body needs to know it’s time for sleep. No sound, no lights, no electronics before bed, and bedtime should be the same every night. But what about your outfit? Is there evidence that sleeping in a certain kind of clothing is beneficial for sleep comfort? Get ready to rethink your PJ drawer, because scientists have been doing some work on the topic.

Here are the best choices for clothes for an optimal doze:


For a lot of folks, silk pajamas are the big winner.

  • Silk is light and breathable (which is especially beneficial for women experiencing hot flashes). And it has a surprising amount of dermatological benefits.
  • Studies have found that certain silk garments can improve the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema.
  • Silk underwear is even available as a part of Britain’s National Health Service. Why? It’s hard to say, but the theory is that silk is antibacterial and there’s some evidence to suggest that it’s actually the chemicals used to process the silk that are doing the work. Either way, there’s a pretty strong case for keeping silk close to your skin.

On the downside, there are wallets and preferences to consider.

  • Silk can be expensive.
  • It needs to be dry cleaned.
  • The slippery, slide-y feeling of it isn’t for everybody.


Is cotton such a bad alternative? Not at all!

  • Cotton is lightweight, soft to the touch, and breathable so it allows air circulation.
  • But while it does good job of being lightweight, it does not do so well with wicking away the moisture. Unlike silk, cotton doesn’t insulate well. And it also doesn’t wick-away moisture. Which means that if you sweat during sleep, you run the risk of saturating your shirt.

Au Naturel

The third, and perhaps most beloved option, is sleeping with nothing at all. Oh, la-la!

  • Going nude is a great way to make sure your body temperature doesn’t get too high. This doesn’t just mean you’ll sleep better in warmer climates. This also means that the production of melatonin and growth hormone, two important sleep companions, won’t be interrupted.
  • But there’s more! Recent research has found that couples who sleep in the buff are more likely to report being happy in their relationships. Amber Madison, a Manhattan-based relationship therapist told the Daily News that it’s a great way to show a desire to be close to one’s partner, and “that intimacy and emotional and physical availability is what keeps a relationship strong in light of daily stressors and challenges.”

So, the long and short of it is: the best clothing for ultimate sleep comfort largely depends on individual preference and budget. We recommended few options, now it’s up to you to experiment and find out what works best for you.