I bought myself a new pair of pyjamas last week, a great deal in one of the big post-Christmas sales. A gift to myself, you might say.
I love pyjamas, and have since I used to wear those jersey knit Star Trek-style togs as a kid. I always found them comfortable.
When you were younger, donning your p-jays was an expected, even anticipated. part of getting ready for bed.
It was something you just did, or were told to do, or got in the habit of doing. Getting ready for bed marked the end of the day.
It made sense; you got up and dressed for school why wouldn’t you dress for sleep?
Maybe it began in our teenage years that we began wearing less and less clothing to bed. It was a little more casual, and maybe it was more liberating, but was it as comfortable (or as purposeful) as a soft pair of pyjamas?
Not even close.
The act of getting ready for bed is good for the soul. It is more than symbolic. When you change into pyjamas, you signal the mind and body that you are ready for sleep. You mentally prepare yourself for comfort.
You get better sleep when you prepare yourself for it. You spend a third of your life in bed, should you not be comfortable?
New pyjamas do it every time.