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What Does Your Sleepwear Say About Your Personality?

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30 Mar 20213 min read

Did you know that your pyjama preference could reveal your personality traits? Whether you’re a fan of a cosy jumper and joggers, a silk set, a big t-shirt with pants, or nothing at all, what you wear to bed could uncover something about your character. We spoke to Clinical Psychologist Dr Matilda Moffett from Select Psychology to explain what eight types of sleepwear say about your personality.

1. Cosy pyjamas mean you’re a nostalgic person

Matilda says, ‘Wearing cosy pjs, or an oversized jumper, especially those that are branded with cartoons or characters from our youth can indicate that you are a person of nostalgia. For many of these people, family comes first with loyalty and integrity both key personality traits.’

2. Silky sets show you’re career-driven and ambitious

‘Satin or silk PJs can indicate that you are both aspirational and a traditionalist, plus ambitious to achieve more in life and outperform the status quo. Some individuals who wear silk PJs may place stronger emphasis on their career than their happiness.’

3. Flannel or button PJ wearers value health and hygiene

‘A flannel, buttoned set of pjs can indicate that you value your health and hygiene. Many of those who wear buttoned PJs display strong organisation skills but can also fear having only small levels of control on situations.’

Man asleep in bed with eyemask wearing pyjamas

4. Negligees and babydolls are for those who like being the centre of attention

‘A babydoll set can indicate that you are focused on self-love, self-confidence and striving to get recognition for your achievements in life. You are most likely to find solace in being the centre of attention.’

5. Sleeping in a dressing gown shows you lack confidence

‘A dressing gown can indicate that you lack confidence in your personal life. Many of those who wear dressing gowns are seeking an envelope of protection away from issues that are worrying them.’

6. A big t-shirt and pants show confidence and a free spirit

‘An oversized t-shirt can indicate that you are a free spirited individual who doesn’t lack confidence. Comfortable in your own skin, your goals are to live life on your own terms.’

Tired woman in pink t-shirt and eyemask

7. Wearing socks to bed means you’re controlled and lack empathy

‘Wearing socks to bed or in bed can indicate that an individual is pragmatic and controlled in many aspects of their life. Many of those who regularly wear socks to bed could be seen to be lacking in empathy and strive for efficient performance in their day-to-day activities, leaving nothing to chance.’

8. Sleep nude? You’re a go-getter

‘Sleeping naked can indicate that you are at a stage of contentment with your life. Many of those who sleep naked are unafraid of judgement, and value their own opinions at a higher regard than others. Many of those who regularly sleep naked may describe themselves as ‘go-getters’ and ‘glass-half-full’ types.’

What is the best type of pyjamas for better sleep?

Steve Adams, CEO at Mattress Online, says, ‘The best type of pyjamas to improve your sleep are the ones which offer you the most comfort. Choose whichever material feels best against your skin (or none at all). For example, wool is cosy but can be itchy, whereas cotton is softer and more breathable.

‘You should also consider which pyjamas will help to regulate your temperature at night. Fleece is a good choice for the winter months when you want to feel warmer, whereas lightweight cotton will cool you down in summer. Silk is a good all-round material for temperature control, whatever the season, but it is quite slippery to sleep in.

If you suffer from allergies, you should also choose pyjamas made from natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and bamboo, as these are hypoallergenic and can reduce your symptoms.’

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