Sex and the Smithie: Bare-skinned Beauty Sleep
Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 19:02
The Sex and the Smithie column is written by a different anonymous author every week.
I have a confession to make: since I've moved into my single, I never wear my pajamas at night. I only put them on to head down to the dining hall in the morning, or on days when I might as well not leave the house. Every night, as soon as I'm ready to sleep, I strip down to nothing and get cozy buck naked.
It's something I've been waiting to do since I moved in first-year. I loved my roommate, but even the closest roommates have an "underwear in the room" policy. From the start, I knew that sleeping naked was inevitable once I had a room to myself. Several times in the past, I've gone to sleep with a top on, only to wake up topless, my t-shirt thrown across the room in some late-night fit. As a toddler, I used to take everything off and play in the yard until some neighbor called my mom. I'm a little bit of a nudist at heart, but it only comes out when I'm getting ready for bed.
I have no clue how common it is to sleep naked at Smith. Some friends are aghast when I tell them; others are just as into it as I am. As for me, I can't imagine sleeping otherwise. After all, after a long day of studying and working and writing, nothing feels better than stripping off everything and jumping into your bed. It's even better than the cool side of your pillow, or being the little spoon.
It's not all perfect, of course. Sleeping au naturel means that you need to wash your sheets constantly, a time and money waster. Still, nothing makes you feel more like the Downy teddy bear than surrounding your naked body with fresh sheets. I've also heard people complain that sleeping naked would leave them cold. What better reason to stock up on cozy blankets, though? Besides, the heat in Smith housing usually leaves me burning up, not reaching for a sweater.
Everyone should experience the wonders of sleeping stark naked, even just once. What do you have to lose? One tip for the road: if you start sleeping in your birthday suit, be sure to keep a bathrobe handy. All it takes is an unexpected fire drill and your house will know for sure if the carpet matches the drapes. Sweet dreams!