Should You Stop Wearing Underwear in Bed?

Originally Published on Sep. 10, 2020 Habits | By Charlotte Hilton Andersen

Most men and women slept minus underwear—some do it on a nightly basis. Check out these compelling reasons to consider going commando in bed.

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, whether or not to snooze in pajamas, go commando, or fully nude is ultimately a personal choice, says Sherry A. Ross, MD, OB-GYN and women’s health expert in Santa Monica, California and author of She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. “It’s completely safe to sleep without underwear and in some cases, it may be preferable,” she says.

Underwear serves two main purposes: protection and hygiene, says David E. Bank, MD, a dermatologist and founder of The Center For Dermatology in Westchester, New York. Wearing well-fitting, breathable underwear at night can help wick sweat and other moisture away while providing a place to put protection against bladder or period leakage. “But do you need underwear to be comfortable or clean? No,” says, Dr. Bank. (Here’s the healthiest women’s underwear you can buy, according to gynecologists.)

This is welcome news for the 58 percent of people who said they prefer to sleep naked, according to a survey of over 1,000 people, done by Mattress Advisor, a company that provides sleep experts’ tips and advice on improving sleep health and quality. Slightly more men than women said they preferred to go commando. Age also played a role, with 65 percent of millennials saying they choose to sleep sans clothes, as compared to 45 percent of Gen X’ers, and 39 percent of Baby Boomers. What’s the appeal? It’s all about comfort.

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