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How Do Your Night Clothes Affect Your Sleep Quality For Your Mental Health?


Getting a quality night of rest can do wonders for your mental and physical well-being. This is why it is so important to ensure you do everything you possibly can to ensure you have an adequate amount of sleep each night.

You may want to consider setting up a set routine to follow before bed every evening to help you unwind. This might include carrying out mundane activities such as washing your face, brushing your teeth, and putting your pajamas on. 

You might also be surprised to learn that what you wear to bed can have a pretty big impact on your overall sleep quality. In turn, this can have a huge effect on your mental health.

If you want to find out more, this article contains everything you need to know.

How Night Clothes May Impact Sleep Quality

Wearing clothes in bed can have a huge impact on your sleep quality and by association, your mental health, in many ways. For example, if you wear the wrong type of attire to bed, you may find yourself struggling with the following issues:

  • Restlessness 
  • Discomfort
  • Skin irritation
  • Pain 
  • Restriction 

On the other hand, wearing nightclothes can also enhance feelings of warmth, comfort, and calmness as you wind down, helping you to achieve a full (and well-deserved) night of rest. 

Ways To Combat This

Opt for Cotton 

There are plenty of different materials that make for suitable night clothes including linen, bamboo, and silk. Yet it is in cotton that comes out on top for many incredible reasons.

Cotton is a natural fiber that is extremely ideal for any sleeping arrangement. Notably, it is soft, breathable, comfortable, and very lightweight, meaning your skin can breathe without any interference.

It is also far less likely to cause any rashes or other types of skin irritation, especially if you opt for loose-fitting cotton clothing. We’ll discuss this in more detail below.

Wear Appropriate and Loose-Fitting Clothing

When we say “appropriate” we simply mean layering up on colder nights and wearing a set of short women's pajamas (or nothing at all) on those extremely hot nights. It is all about using your common sense.

This may seem a little self-explanatory, but wearing loose-fitting clothing is essential when it comes to nighttime. After all, your skin needs space to breathe and you also need to ensure that your body is receiving the proper amount of circulation.

If you wear comfortable and loose-fitting garments to bed, you’re not only ensuring that you stay comfortable all night long, but you’re ensuring your comfort on a psychological level

This is because comfortable clothing can do wonders for calming your anxiety, leading to better mental health in the long run.

Wear Socks to Bed

This one may be a little strange, but hear us out! 

Some people adore wearing socks to bed whereas other people hate the restrictive feeling of wearing socks. However you feel about wearing socks to bed, a tiny little bit of discomfort may be worth the effort – and it could truly make a huge, positive difference in your sleep quality.

This is because wearing socks to bed increases the level of blood flow to your feet and the amount of heat that is lost through the skin, lowering core body temperature in turn. As a result, you will likely fall asleep faster and for far longer.

Avoid Wearing a Bra

Wearing bras to bed does not help to prevent sagging in the far future, despite what old wives' tales may say. Wearing a bra to bed could cause a whole number of health issues by limiting circulation and adding stress to your chest, making it more difficult to breathe.

It may even lead to severe skin irritation or infections, especially if you live somewhere that has a relatively humid climate for several months each year. 

Going braless will improve sleep quality and limit discomfort, resulting in a night of better overall sleep. If you feel more rested, your mental health will also see some improvements even if they are only small.


If you opt to wear ill-fitting, tight night clothes, you’re setting yourself up for a night of discomfort and even pain. This can have a huge negative impact on your sleep quality and may result in you struggling to get through the day.

To combat this, you should opt to wear night clothes that are comfortable, loose-fitting, and made of cotton.

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