A nude attitude (Day 96)…

I thought I’d liven up this otherwise boring Monday here at Thistle headquarters by doing something different, something other than a product switch or turning off more appliances; really thinking outside the box and coming up with something you won’t find on all the redundant Top 10 Ways to Go Green lists out there.

What might it be, you ask? Why am I rambling on like a bad journalist and burying the lead? Well, let’s just say I’m a little paranoid that, after doing this, I’m going to be the first search result when people Google the words “Vanessa” and “naked”.

OK, enough stalling: My green move today is to sleep in nothing but my birthday suit. This means no more pajamas to wash and dry, thus cutting back on my weekly laundry load.

There are just two caveats with this change: one, if I’m staying at a friend’s house or a hotel, I’m going to wear something — which is less due to modesty than common courtesy, not to mention hygienic purposes when it comes to all those bacterial residues lurking on hotel beds; and two, if December rolls around and despite multiple blankets, hot water bottles and strategically placed cats, I’m still shivering in bed, I’m going to have to bring out the flannel PJs.

Some people sleep naked all the time — especially boys, and especially in the summer. But I’ve always been way too in love with my pretty Eberjey nighties, Elle McPherson camis and other bank-account draining “intimate apparel” to just go commando. Plus, my bed is about three feet away from a floor-to-ceiling window with translucent curtains that looks directly onto a busy street, so I do have to respect those on their morning commute.

But I think this will prove to be a minimalistic, freeing experience that will ease my eco-guilt as well as the strain on my bank account. At worst, it’ll make me realize the importance of a high thread count.

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22 Responses to A nude attitude (Day 96)…

  1. Lynn says:

    That solution never occurred to me 😀 Would probably best for me to try it if I lived alone. At most, I just reuse pajama bottoms.

  2. Not to be icky, but then wouldn’t you need to change your sheets more often? Or do you shower before you go to bed?

    As for keeping yourself warm, I LOVE my cherry pit heating bag. Cherry stones are an age old alternative to hot water bottles. I heat mine in the microwave for two minutes and it stays warm for a real long time. You can make one yourself or you can buy one online. I highly recommend it to keep those tootsies warm for about two hours.

  3. Tracy says:

    Sleeping naked is addicting. I’m very dissappointed that I’ll have to start wearing PJs again when there’s a little one in the house soon.

    I would change my sheets once per week if I had PJs on or not.

  4. Greenpa says:

    I’m TEMPTED to point out that the logical next step, in the elimination of unnecessary clothing, would have to be- well- underwear. But that would be just too-too much, so I won’t. 🙂

  5. Chile says:

    Vanessa, sleeping in the nude is far more comfortable. In the winter, PJs get caught on the flannel sheets making you feel like you’re stuck in velcro. And Greenpa, if everyone stopped wearing underwear then we’d be getting quite an eyeful with the low baggy pants style… ‘Course for women, thongs use less material and require fewer loads of laundry. 😉

  6. christal says:

    I am with you on that one greenpa!! who needs ’em? ;P

  7. Shawn says:

    Pics or we don’t believe you! 😉

    http://sleepnaked.org/

  8. Kathryn Borel Junior, CEO borelCorp says:

    excellent entry. i suggest you write a short companion book entitled “There’s a Stalker in that Prius: How My Green Year Resulted in 14 Separate Restraining Orders”

    sam will eat that shit up. seriously.

  9. I’ve tried that… I always have the weirdest dreams when I sleep naked.

  10. dustybanjo says:

    It’s all well and good if you don’t have kids, but when I had ’em I first realized the impracticality of sleeping nekkid when having so be up and about in the wee hours in the bleak mid-winter. By the time they’re old enough not to be interrupting your night’s sleep, you’re into the ‘jammie habit and by the time you realize you could get back to nekkid, they’re old enough to go ‘eww gross!’ if they catch sight of you….

  11. Isle Dance says:

    I think it’s one of the healthiest things a human can do, next to realizing it’s a human duty to not peek. On a similar note, the best thing about skinny dipping in private is avoiding bathing suits in public.

  12. Noelle says:

    I can’t remember if you’ve covered this or not – but not only do you want a nice thread count – you may want to have some nice organic cotton sheets and other bedding/mattress/etc.

    Lots of benefits to the environment and to your skin (largest organ of the human body, as we all know!).

  13. Lori V. says:

    Hey, it’s not all about thread-count… I just bought some super-soft & yummy bamboo sheets, and because of the density of the fiber (I’m guessing), they are only a 230 thread-count, but they feel like a 400 if compared to cotton ones. I was once number-obsessed, but I always trust my touch more than the numbers now.

    Bamboo is even better for the environment ( I think), and I hear they have antimicrobial benefits as well!

  14. patty t says:

    This idea’s slicker than a nude eel. 🙂

  15. christal says:

    kathryn-
    that is HIGHLARIOUS! please, that book needs to be written!! (on recycled paper of course!)

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  16. Sunny says:

    My parent’s have always slept naked and I do most of the time too. Those who are concerned about the sheets could wear that pesky underwear. Plus if you have/get a partner there is nothing nice than being skin to skin – and in my case, my husband keeps me warm in the winter!

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  19. Brian says:

    If you combine this (sleeping naked) with the habit of cold showers before bed, the benefits to your body and the environment (and your equally naked companion in bed) are phenomenal.

    Soon we will realise that the simplest and cheapest things we can do are the best.

    Can you believe that some women even wear a bra to bed? That is weird (and unhealthy)

    Study up on the human lymphatic system and be amazed. Good discussion here. Thanks

  20. Segwyne says:

    I am one of those women who wear a bra to bed. I never did until I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child. I am blessed with very productive mammary glands and started waking up every morning to a soaking wet bed. I am now nursing my 5th child and still have to wear woolen bra pads that are three layers thick to bed each night or wake up to a soaked bed. Previously I had always slept nude, but I started wearing underwear when I had to start wearing a bra because a bra with no underwear is too weird for me. In a year or so when this child is done nursing (15 months and counting), hopefully I can stop wearing it again.

  21. Bill says:

    I cant sleep at night if i have clothing on i have to sleep nude . After all it’s natural
    to be nude . I look at it like this. If god ment for us to ware clothing we would have ben
    borne with them

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