A report from The Huffington Post discusses the health benefits of sleeping sans underwear.
Apparently, sleeping in your underwear is quite a divisive issue. Or so we were led to believe, based on the arguments that broke out in our office over the hot topic.
So, what’s the deal? Is it better to go to bed in panties or fall asleep commando?
“I often tell my patients to sleep without underwear,” Dr. Alyssa Dweck, co-author of V is for Vagina, told Shape. “If [the area] is constantly covered — especially by a fabric that’s not moisture-wicking or absorbent — moisture collects, [creating the] perfect breeding ground for bacteria or yeast,” she continued.
This is especially true for women going through menopause. “The more you wear, the more you have to take off when you get night sweats,” Dr. Raquel B. Dardik, clinical associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center told Grandparents.com.
And if you’re a lady who is prone to itching and irritation down there, gynecologist and blogger Dr. Kate really recommends skipping the underwear to let your nether regions breathe.