How your PJs are impacting your sleep
Looks like you need to treat yo’self to a luxe silk set.
Drinking coffee in the late afternoon. No consistent pre-bed routine. Scrolling Instagram before lights out. When it comes to figuring out why you’re not sleeping well, there are plenty of usual suspects we point our fingers at first. But the problem could be a little closer to you than you think. Literally. The pyjamas you choose to throw on before bed every night could be the reason you’re not drifting off easily.
Sounds a little crazy? Let us explain. In order to initiate sleep, your temperature needs to decrease. “We must first have a rise in our melatonin levels, which happens to correspond with a drop in our core body temperature,” explains The Sleep Health Foundation’s Dr Moira Junge. When we approach the time our internal body clock has deemed ‘bedtime’, the blood vessels in our feet, hands and face start to lose heat. And this is where the sleepwear dilemma comes in.
If your pyjamas are too warm, your body can’t lose the heat it needs to to kick off the sleeping process. The result? You might look cute in your cloud motif two-set, but you’re going to feel uncomfortable, restless and find it harder to fall asleep and stay sleep.
While many experts recommend sleeping in a room that’s somewhere between the temperatures of 15 degrees and 25 degrees, not everyone has the luxury of programming their ideal climate into their air-conditioner. The next best option is to choose pyjamas that aren’t going to leave you in a pool of sweat come 11pm.
So what should you be wearing? Opt for anything loose, organic, or made from breathable materials.
“Lightweight options are best. Most of the time in my clinical role I’m encouraging people to shed layers – sleeping in too many layers can cause more problems than being a little cool and warming up once you’re in bed,” explains Dr Junge.
Due to silk’s ability to both warm up and cool down your body as is needed (and feel extremely luxurious while doing so), it’s another great option for your nightwear artillery.
“Silk is the closest natural fibre to your own skin. It’ naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial, which makes it the perfect sleepwear choice for people who suffer from allergies or eczema,” explains Olivia Carr, founder and CEO of silk products company, Shhh Silk.
“Plus, the weave method used in spinning silk fabric naturally decreases moisture loss and helps to absorb perspiration, allowing for a better night’s sleep.”
Similarly, bamboo fabric is hypoallergenic and is woven in a way that helps to regulate your temperature.
If you can’t afford bamboo or silk pjs, don’t stress. Sleeping nude (or as close to nude as possible if the idea of stripping off freaks you out) is also a great option as clothing can often insulate your body enough to prevent it losing its heat.