This is why you should never sleep naked—according to a doctor

It’s pretty gross

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TikTok is the best place to find all things hacks and beauty trends. It taught us how to do Bella Hadid’s iconic bun and how to create the perfect 90s blowout, but the doctors of TikTok are also sharing some handy health tips and info—and we’ve just learned why we shouldn’t sleep naked.

TikTok’s medical side can be really helpful, from learning why you might have missed a period to discovering the pillow sex trick (which if you haven’t tried, we thoroughly recommend). 

Now Dr. Anthony Youn has explained why you really shouldn’t sleep naked, especially with a partner. And a pre-warning—the reason is really gross.

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In his video, he explains that when you sleep, you fart, and when you fart you release particles of—you know—into the air. They’re minuscule but they’re still there! These particles get on your sheets and may even get on your partner. But if you wear pants or pjs, they catch the particles so they travel no further.

So basically, it’s just more hygienic to wear pajamas or pants. Dr. Youn does add a caveat: "For women—if your gyno tells you to sleep without underwear then listen to them. For guys—put your tighty whities on before bed!”

TikTokers were understandably very upset at this news, with one writing: “I will sleep alone for the rest of my life now.”

Another added: “Don’t tell me how to live my best life.”

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And another jokingly asked what we were all thinking: “How was this study conducted😂?”

Sleeping naked is disputed, and some studies have actually found that sleeping naked does improve your sleep quality.

According to the Metro, a study by TheDozyOwl found that those who slept fully naked experienced better REM sleep and actually more body confidence.

So if you can still sleep naked after this revelation, that's your choice, and if you can’t it might be time to treat yourself to a new pair of pjs.

Naomi Jamieson
Naomi Jamieson

Naomi is a trainee News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on fashion, wellbeing, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life and is training for an NCTJ Qualification. 

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.