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We Asked A Doc: Should You Sleep In Underwear?

June 23, 2015 by Rachel Gulmi
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Growing up doctors would mention that it’s better to sleep without underwear. It was explained to me as “giving it air” or “letting it breathe” so to speak. It’s a topic most people don’t talk about or even think about, but its nothing to shy away from. So the big question is: should we sleep in our underwear or go commando?

From what I’ve read online and heard from real doctors, wearing underwear to bed isn’t necessarily harmful but there are a few things to be cautious about. Dr. Nancy Simpkins, an internist who specializes in women’s health says, “There is no right or wrong. Having said that, mucus membranes (of which the vaginal area is one) need air to prevent undo moisture buildup and the possibility of yeast infections.”

She notes that wearing underwear to bed is a personal choice. Wearing underwear to bed isn’t going to seriously hurt you, but it’s definitely beneficial to go commando. Dr. Simpkins says, “If you’re choosing to sleep in underwear, cotton is your fabric of choice. Cotton allows breathing and air circulation which will prevent infections.”

If you don’t like the idea of going commando, opt for cotton boxer briefs. You’ll have the comfort of cotton and feel of a short. Skip the lacy underwear for other times, ladies. It’s either cotton or commando while sleeping. The choice is all yours!

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