Sleeping in the buff isn’t just for the kinky, it’s also for those with happier relationships, according to a new survey.
A survey by Cotton USA of 1,000 people asked couples what they wear to bed and how happy they were in their relationship. Fifty-seven percent of those who reported sleeping nude said they felt happy, compared with 48 percent of pajama wearers and 43 percent of nightie wearers (who knew adults still wore onesies?) Not surprisingly, couples who sleep in nighties are the unhappiest in their relationship, with 15 percent of participants reporting being unsatisfied.
A Cotton USA spokesperson Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe said in a press release that being nude encouraged being intimate and open, because of soft bedding and skin-to-skin contact.
Relationship expert Amber Madison confirms the survey’s findings.
"Being naked in bed with your partner is physically and emotionally intimate," Madison told the New York Daily News.
"It's a way of showing, 'I want to be close to you' and a green light for sex. That intimacy and emotional and physical availability is what keeps a relationship strong in light of daily stressors and challenges."
The unclad study also looked at general sleeping habits and relationships, finding that dirty clothes on the floor, clutter and beds left unmade are big turn-offs. Eating in bed, allowing pets in the bedroom, stealing the covers and wearing socks to sleep were also listed as pretty significant pet peeves.
"There are many factors which can affect the success of a relationship, but one factor which is often overlooked is the bedroom environment," Thiers-Ratcliffe said.
As it relates to Cotton USA’s focus on well, cotton, the material was said to imply cleanliness, while satin implied wealth (and sleaziness) and polyester implied cheapness. Another surprising finding from the survey was that those 55 and over are most likely to sleep naked. Go figure.
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