Tips for the right sleepwear

More than 90% of people are not satisfied with their body temperature while sleeping. Good pajamas can help you avoid sweating or freezing at night. Here we'll show you what you should consider when choosing your sleepwear.

Table of Contents

  1. Why do we sweat or freeze at night?
  2. Why sleepwear is important
  3. Tips for the perfect sleepwear
  4. Conclusion

1. Why do we sweat or freeze at night?

Our body temperature is subject to natural fluctuations and varies depending on the time of day, outside temperature, activity level and state of health. In the evening, body temperature naturally drops slowly and is lowest between 2 and 3 a.m. before slowly rising again in the morning. You can read why this is the case in this article.

In order to keep the body sufficiently warm even when inactive, we usually use a duvet at night and like to slip into cuddly soft pajamas in winter. If this is too thin, we freeze at night and wake up more often as the body tries to bring the body temperature back into the normal range. If we mean too well and wrap ourselves up too heavily at night, we can start to sweat. Sweat then soaks your sleeping clothes, it becomes uncomfortable in bed and sleep becomes less restful.

2. Why sleepwear is important

Sleeping naked or clothed – which is actually healthier? Whether you want to wear pajamas, a nightgown or an old T-shirt at night depends entirely on your personal preference. In principle, there is nothing wrong with sleeping without clothes. However, to protect you from cold drafts, to dissipate heat and sweat from your skin, and to maintain a normal body temperature, we recommend that you do not completely forego clothing or a thin blanket. It is important that you choose pajamas that, in combination with your duvet and mattress, ensure a good sleeping environment.

By the way: Sleeping with socks can also have an influence on body temperature and blood circulation. As the night progresses, the extra layer of fabric can become too warm, waking us up and interrupting our sleep.

3. Tips for the perfect sleepwear

Schlafmagazin: Schlafkleidung, Frau mit Schlaf-Shirt im Bett

How to recognize good pajamas

In addition to purely fashionable aspects, you should also pay attention to the functionality of your sleepwear. The clothing and materials we wear on our bodies while we sleep have an impact on whether we sleep restfully. In order to sleep well, certain properties can be particularly helpful.

➨ Warm, breathable and moisture-regulating

Your pajamas should keep you warm enough at night and protect you from cold and drafts. At the same time, it should also be breathable so that you don't overheat at night and start sweating. During sleep, the body releases moisture through the skin. A high-quality, moisture-regulating material is therefore recommended. It can absorb sweat and moisture without getting wet and thus helps to maintain a comfortable sleeping environment.

To do this, your sleeping clothes should ideally be adapted to the room temperature, your personal heat needs and your duvet. If you get cold easily or move around a lot at night, you should choose a loose model with long sleeves and trousers.

➨ Soft and light

In order to sleep well, we should be able to relax. A good pair of pajamas are light and soft on the skin to prevent irritation, pressure points or discomfort. If we feel uncomfortable or restricted at night, stress can arise and sleep can be less restful. The choice ultimately depends on which materials you find comfortable. Natural materials are generally softer and more skin-friendly than synthetic ones.

➨ Functional fit & design

Clothing that is too tight, scratchy seams or tight cuffs can be uncomfortable, prevent the skin from breathing and restrict blood flow in the body. Then the skin cannot regenerate optimally and pressure points or circulatory problems can occur, which disrupt your sleep and wake you up. Clothing that is too loose, on the other hand, can easily slip at night or allow the accumulated heat to escape more easily. Pajamas with a rather loose overall cut, loose-fitting cuffs on the arms and legs and as few buttons and seams as possible are recommended.

➨ The right material

The material of the pajamas, like the material of the bed linen, is crucial for whether we feel comfortable at night. Natural fabrics such as cotton are considered skin-friendly and can absorb a lot of moisture. However, the material can quickly become wet and then feel uncomfortably damp and cool on the skin. Fabrics with good moisture management and balanced heat regulation, on the other hand, can absorb sweat better. Merino wool or Tencel, for example, are recommended.

Schlafmagazin: Schlafkleidung, Blauer gestreifter Pyjama auf dem Bett

Pajamas made of silk and satin have a smooth surface and are usually light and airy on the skin. The fabrics have a cooling effect and are particularly suitable in summer or for people who need little heat.

4. Conclusion

  • The body temperature naturally drops at night and the body is more susceptible to overheating or hypothermia.
  • Appropriate sleepwear can help regulate body temperature during the night.
  • Good pajamas should be warming, moisture-regulating, breathable and light and loosely cut.

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