The Best Clothes To Wear For A Better Night's Sleep, Expert Says
You already know that it's important to keep your bedroom dark, cool, and quiet if you want to get a good night's rest. But did you realize that your PJs can also make or break how well you snooze? You might not be aware of the best clothes to sleep in for a better night's rest, but don't fret, because we have you covered with all the details.
"Sleepwear plays a big role in getting restorative sleep," says Chris Winter, MD, neurologist, sleep specialist, and author of The Sleep Solution and The Rested Child. "If you know what to look for, you can choose a pair that combats just about anything that's making you uncomfortable."
While there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution, Dr. Winter says he generally recommends looking for breathable pajamas made from one or a combination of the following materials:
- Performance fabrics (such as micromodal, spandex, or lycra)
- Synthetics (think: Tencel, acrylic, or rayon)
Whether you sleep hot, cold, sweaty, or tend to get scratchy, these fabrics are generally a safe bet, Dr. Winter tells us. Ready to find your perfect pair of PJs? To help you get a good night's rest, we've rounded up our favorite options based on Dr. Winter's fabric recs. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Eberjay Henry TENCEL™ Modal Short PJ Set
Made with a combo of super flexible and soft TENCEL™ modal, and always-comfy spandex, this set hits all of the marks for hot sleepers who prefer a relaxed fit. "Eberjay is crushing it at the moment in the comfy PJ department," Dr. Winter says. "I'm a huge fan of this set. It's one of my personal favorites because of the fit, comfort, and heat dissipation." Bonus: The shorts have pockets, which are ideal for toting around a cell phone or running out with your dog before bed.
Tommy John Men's Long Sleeve & Pant Pajama Set
Warm acrylic, moisture-wicking micro modal, and stretchy spandex team up to create this soft cold-weather pajama set that won't leave you feeling clammy. Its tag-less label makes them ideal for "scratchy" sleepers, and the notch collar detailing and contrast piping adds a stylish flair.
L.L. Bean Men's Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas
Dr. Winter is a personal fan of this flannel set and reaches for them on cooler evenings. "The pants fit really well and are made from a very soft cotton that's warm but breathable," he says. "Plus, L.L. Bean constructs their garments like none other, so they hold up over time." These PJs come in seven different plaid prints, with S-3XL, short, regular, and tall sizes available.
Latuza Men's Bamboo Viscose Pajamas Set
Made from a lightweight, breathable bamboo viscose fabric, this set comes with a short sleeve top and an elastic waist lounge pant—an ideal combo for people who bounce between sleeping hot and sleeping cold. Plus, for $30, you can't beat the affordable price point.
Lahgo Washable Silk Short Set
Silk naturally thermoregulates the body, so it's a great option for people who run hot. It's also a solid choice for anyone who struggles to sleep due to itchy skin. "People with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis may find silk sleepwear to be a good option since it's not as scratchy as other fabrics," Dr. Winter says. This washable silk set has button detailing on the top and drop-crotch elastic waist shorts for added comfort and breathability.
WiWi Women's Soft Bamboo PJs
Hot sleepers looking for a cute everyday set—this is for you! The coordinating shorts and tee are made from moisture-wicking bamboo viscose, allowing the body to breathe for easy sleeping. Sizes range from S to 4XL, and the shorts feature an elastic waist for a comfortable, stretchy fit.
SilkSilky Spaghetti Strap Pure Silk Camisole PJs Set
This Mulberry silk set comes in five great colors and features adjustable straps and an elastic waist to ensure a just-right fit. "This is another brand I really like," Dr. Winter says. "They're fairly affordable, and everything they make is silk, which is a great fabric to sleep in since it's so lightweight and rarely irritates the skin."
PajamaMania Women's Fleece Long Sleeve Pajama PJ Set
As soft and cozy as a throw blanket, this polyester fleece set is perfect for cooler evenings. Dr. Winter explains that fleece is great, because it traps heat but is very lightweight. That means you'll feel toasty, not clammy. Another thing we love about this set? Paired with jeans or leggings, the crewneck sweatshirt can pass as streetwear! It's ideal if you tend to run late in the mornings.
H&M Pajama Shirt and Shorts
Made from breezy linen and breathable viscose, these PJs will keep you cool and dry so you can sleep through the night. The side-slit shorts and v-neck top also aid airflow. Plus, these PJs have range—the button detailing and slightly nubby texture make them outside-the-house approved.
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Knit Crop Cotton Pajamas
Do you sometimes sleep hot, and other times cold? Head to bed in style with this cropped-length option from Ralph Lauren. The long sleeves will give you warmth, while the cotton fabric and cropped pant will keep the air flowing so you don't get too toasty.