I love sleep, and I am always looking for ways to find the seemingly illusive great night of rest. I have "experimented" with and honed my sleep habits, trying a number of things that worked and a few that did not and have shared sleep tips and insights in the past.

Recently, I have been advised by a few sources about the incredible benefits of sleeping naked.

Before we rush into such a personal topic, let us recap the clear evidence that backs up the importance of sleep in general and the negative effects that can arise from depriving ourselves of it. For instance, sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, risk of diabetes and heart disease, high blood pressure, and a host of other issues resulting from its effects on our mood, coordination, and memory.

Moreover, if you believe that sleeping is an obstruction to productivity, as I did for years, there is also evidence that sleep can increase productivity when you are awake and might even make you more productive in a shorter amount of time.

While more and more entrepreneurs are extolling the virtues of sleep, few have made claims about the value of doing so in the buff. The authors at SnoreMentor.com, however, have done their research and found several studies that detail potential benefits for sleeping naked. For business and working professionals, here are a few that are the most pertinent.

Reduces Stress

According to studies, sleeping naked can help better maintain a stable body temperature and cortisol levels while you sleep, which have been linked to stress and other related ailments.

Strengthens Immune Systems

While reducing stress helps improve your immunity to illness, hitting the sack naked also increases oxytocin, which promotes a sense of well-being and helps your entire immune system run more optimally. 

Helps Lose Weight

Your body will naturally be cooler if it is exposed while sleeping. Because of this, your body creates "brown fat," which helps to elevate your metabolic rate, which aids in weight loss, throughout the day.

Improves Hygiene

Allowing your skin to breathe freely without the hindrance of fabric prevents bacteria from growing and unwanted body odor. It has also been found to reduce incidences of infections and in men can help increase fertility.

Now, sleeping naked may not be for everyone, especially for those who have small children or roommates that could easily elevate the practice to an all new level of stress. If you fall into this category, then simply consider nighttime clothing that is lose and lightweight and made of fabrics that breathe, such as bamboo, silk or flannel.