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Is It Good To Sleep Commando?

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Written By Anđela Rajković

Certified Sleep Consultant

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29 April 2024 7 min read

How do you dress yourself for sleep? Do you sleep in pajamas or go fully nude? Or, do you go for the middle ground and sleep commando?

Some people wear pajamas when they sleep. Others prefer to sleep naked.

However, there are also those who love to sleep commando. If you ask us, The Sleep Advisors, all options are great options. And, all options have many benefits for your body, mind, and sleep. You just have to find an option that suits you best!

But, do yourself a favour and at least try to sleep commando one night – once you do, we are sure that you and your underwear area will love it and continue doing it for all nights to come.

What is sleep commando?

However, before we start talking about all the pros and cons of sleeping commando, let us first tell you what this term is all about.

Namely, to sleep commando or to go commando is a term used to describe the act of not wearing underwear beneath one's clothing. How, when, where, and why people started this trend, we do not know. But, what we do know is that people choose going commando for various different reasons. Some just feel comfortable when not having to wear underwear to bed. Others prefer it as it helps them prevent irritation or chaffing in certain areas. And, there are also those who skip underwear as they feel more liberated and free without it.

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Of course, there are people who are not supporters of this trend – and that is also okay!

At the end of the day, that is, when the time comes for you to hit the sack, the decision to go or not to go commando is a personal one! So, it doesn't matter whose side you are on – you should stick around and see what are all the benefits and potential risks of going commando.

Benefits of sleeping commando

According to health experts, most women and men would actually benefit from not wearing any clothes to bed. So, men, stop wearing boxers, and women, stop wearing undies. If you do, you will be able to enjoy the following benefits:


Increased comfort

The underwear comes in all shapes and sizes. And, it also comes in all colours and made of all sorts of materials. But, even if you buy the most expensive underwear on the market, it will probably give you some kind of discomfort when you sleep. This is what fabrics do to our bodies, they hold on to us tightly.

Yes, this ‘tightness' is a good thing to have in underwear as you don't want it to keep falling down while you are walking, for example. But, while you are in the bed, trying to sleep, you don't need tight underwear. Just take it off. Once you do, trust us, you will finally be able to have that comfortable night's sleep. Without anything ‘holding' you tightly, you will be able to fall asleep in five minutes and stay asleep until your alarm clock goes off.

Better blood circulation

Tighter underwear simply puts a lot of pressure on our crotch area. And, as a result, besides causing us a lot of discomfort while we sleep, tight underwear also reduces our blood circulation. You already know how bad that is. Thus, to prevent this, just take your underwear off before going to bed.

However, if you are not one of those who can go commando, at least try to replace your tight underwear with some loose cotton underwear. Going to bed with something that is reducing your blood circulation every night can lead to more serious health problems.

Reduced cortisol

You know that feeling when you spend the entire day in tight clothes and when those tight clothes make everything feels itchy and almost painful? Well, if you ever wore jeans one size too small, you know what we are talking about. Namely, when wearing tight underwear, your crotch feels the same. And, even if you don't know it or feel it, all that itchiness and painfulness is triggering your stress hormone cortisol.

When cortisol is high, first, we can't fall asleep. Then, when we do fall asleep, we keep tossing and turning and even waking up in the middle of the night. And, finally, when we wake up in the morning, well, we wake up in a bad mood. Yup, your tight panties and boxers can do all this to you and your sleep. So, to not mess up your cortisol, ditch your underwear under your pyjamas or just sleep naked.

Increased levels of melatonin

Cortisol is a stress hormone, and melatonin is a hormone responsible for our serenity. And, when you are serene, you can fall asleep in 5 minutes. And, not only that – when you feel stress-free and serene, you will be able to stay asleep longer and wake up feeling like you are on top of the world.

So, if you were wearing underwear to bed and if that increases your cortisol levels, there is no chance that your melatonin can increase as well. To increase melatonin, first, you have to lower your cortisol. And, to do that, well, we already told you what to do.

Better sex life

Do we even have to explain this one? It is simple – sleeping without any underwear on will most definitely encourage intimacy between you and your partner. And, yes, we are talking about both physical and emotional intimacy. So, if you think that this is something that lacks in your relationship, going commando might be a good place to start fixing that problem.

Healthy sperm

This one is important for all the men out there, so, women, feel free to skip this one. Namely, according to research performed by a health expert, wearing boxers, or wearing underwear that is on the tighter side, can significantly damage the quality of sperm. Moreover, if you don't allow your crotch area, especially your testicles, to cool off after wearing pants and underwear the entire day, you may also affect the quality of your sperm.

Poorer semen quality can lead to having difficulties conceiving one day. So, don't let this happen – don't let it as one of the solutions to this problem is as simple as not wearing underwear to bed.

Infection prevention

And now, let us talk about the ladies. If you ask any women's health expert out there, she (or he) will tell you the same – to prevent vaginal infections or any kind of vaginal irritation, you should sleep without your panties every once in a while. Women's private parts need to breathe. If they can't, well, they will be more prone to developing bacterial and yeast infections.

Higher temperature mixed with moisture in the genital region comes from wearing underwear all day and night. Of course, we have to wear them during the day, but, at night, there is no reason. So, save yourself from all the bacterial growth and yeast infections, and just ditch those panties.

Healthy skin

Another thing that just goes without saying is that your skin down there will be a lot healthier. Well, just think about it – when you allow your skin to finally breathe and cool off, it will not only look better but also feel better. And, yes, this applies to all the skin on your body not just your crotch area.

Potential risks of sleeping commando

While there are no health risks associated with nude sleep, there are minor inconveniences that should be mentioned. Namely, bodies are, well, leaky. So, without a barrier between you and your sheets, you'll probably be doing laundry a little more often than you usually do. However, just as mentioned before, going commando doesn't mean sleeping completely naked, no. It means not wearing underwear under your pajamas.

However, if you do decide to sleep commando, treat your best pajamas just as you would treat your underwear – a new set every night!

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Moreover, if you decide to sleep fully naked, make sure you're familiar with the fabric of your sheets. Certain synthetic materials can irritate people with sensitive skin. So, just like you would go for cotton underwear, go for cotton sheets as well.

Should you sleep commando during the winter?

We don't see why you shouldn't. Going commando means not wearing underwear under your pajamas. As long as you have your pajamas, and of course, as long as you have enough blankets and some of those best winter duvets to keep you warm, you should not worry about being cold without your underwear.



At the end of the day, going commando or not is a personal choice. Thus, it is up to you to decide what is good for you and your private parts. But, one thing is for sure – sleeping without any underwear on can provide your body and mind with more good than harm!

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Anđela Rajković
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant and well-practiced sleep enthusiast, I find a lot of joy in bringing my expertise to our readers – preferably those who love to sleep. With a background in the English language and literature and a love of research, I'm always seeking new ways to share the latest sleep science and bed-related findings. And, when I'm not connecting with my readers, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, or, well, curling up in bed.
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