Having the chance to stay at home all day in your jammies without needing to dress up might seem impressive at first. However, could wearing your pajamas all day be bad for you, and what are the potential cons of not being appropriately dressed for the day?
Staying in pajamas the whole day might harm a person’s well-being. Firstly, it might make you lazy and demotivated, and secondly, it may cause disruption in daily routines and the internal biological clock. In addition, it might lead to sleep issues and less energy during working hours.
If you tend to stay in pajamas the whole day when you do not have any errands to run outside your house, you might notice some changes in your behavior and well-being. This article focuses on the effects caused by staying in pajamas the whole day and why you should avoid this habit. If you need reasons to get out of your pajamas and make your day more beneficial, you need to read this article and get rid of the habit of staying in your sleepwear all day.
This article will not address pajamas for children with autism. As they have important and specific needs, you can read about how to choose their pajamas in our Mommy-approved guide here.
Is It Bad To Stay In Your Pajamas The Whole Day?
Staying in your pajamas might be the best and the most comfortable thing to do whenever you do not have to leave the house for the whole day. Thus, many people have the habit of using their pajamas as their casual wear around the house. However, pajamas have a notable effect on people’s behavior, and they might affect people’s mindset during the day when they do not have to dress up.
So, although it might feel comfy, should you stay in your pajamas the whole day? According to psychologist Jennifer Dragonette, executive director at Newport Institute in Northern California, staying the entire day in your pajamas might cause some adverse effects on both your mental and physical state. She also claims that one whole day spent in pajamas might affect your daily routine and disrupt your biological clock.
Therefore, whenever you think about spending your day in pajamas, without dressing up and leaving the house, you should also think about the consequences it produces. Even though pajamas might make you feel cozy, free, and relaxed, you should think twice before deciding not to change your attire for the day. Below, I have listed some reasons why you should not opt for staying in your pajamas all day, even if that is the thing you desire the most at the moment.
You Might Feel Less Confident
Clothes have a lot to do with self-esteem, and this is probably not the first time you hear about this. You probably know the feeling when all around you are all dressed up, and you feel like you do not belong there due to your clothes. Although we are all encouraged not to judge according to appearances, appearance is the thing that might make you feel more confident, especially when there are a lot of people around you.
For instance, imagine that you are at some kind of special event with a formal dress code, let’s say some gala-night. If you wear something casual, like sweatpants, while others dress formally, you would not feel comfortable and confident at all. This example shows that clothes can affect the way you carry yourself through the day. Therefore, wearing pajamas the whole day can affect your self-esteem even if you are at home alone.
Research conducted by Karen Pine, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in England, has shown that people establish their attitudes according to their clothes. In other words, if people are all dressed up, they feel more confident of achieving something, while comfy clothes can make them relaxed without the necessity to aim for a particular goal.
As Dr. Dragonette says, “You are messaging to your mind and body that you intend to be productive and attend to your needs, which can in turn impact self-esteem.” This means that your clothes contribute to your productiveness and confidence to achieve something during the day. On the other hand, laid-back clothes make you feel like you do not have to do anything, or you just do not have the will to do it in the first place.
You Can Become Less Productive
As I already established, clothes significantly impact your mental state, i.e., the mindset that helps you go through the day. To get through the day successfully, you have to set a positive mind with a specific goal in your head, but to achieve that, you will have to work for it. For this to become possible, you need proper attire that will boost your productivity and motivation.
People who believe that clothes are only part of fashion and nothing more could not be more wrong. Clothes are as equally important as having the proper workspace in which you do all of your jobs. If your productiveness depends on the workspace, the same refers to attire you wear during your work.
For instance, if you wear your pajamas when you relax and sleep, you cannot wear the same attire when you work. People tend to associate many things with work. Therefore, you cannot allow your relaxing habits to be the same as your working habits. You must distinguish between things you do while working and things you do while relaxing, especially if your job requires working from home.
“Changing into and out of clothing for your workday can help to set a psychological marker between private time and work time.”, says Dr. Dragonette. By this, she wants to point out the importance of making a difference between working and relaxing clothes you must make and how they impact productivity. And probably, while reading this, you have recalled the times when you have not been productive since your pajamas have made you feel lazy and without the will to do anything for the whole day.
You Might Find Your Work Boring
If you tend to mix work with pleasure, you may find it challenging to balance both. For instance, if you continuously start working in your pajamas, you might feel that you do not enjoy your job anymore since nothing changes throughout the day. For instance, if you get up and start working while still in your pajamas, you might not feel the difference in time, and you will end up feeling that you have entered into some kind of routine in which everything stays the same.
People are creatures that require a change from time to time, which is crucial for work and productivity. Even if that change refers only to clothes, it is essential indeed. Otherwise, you will be stuck in a vicious circle, in which nothing changes, and soon you will find your work boring.
Besides finding your work boring, you might have changed feelings towards your tasks and duties in your workplace. For example, instead of feeling authoritative during working, you might feel just laid-back and lose that sense of urgency for important tasks. Having this kind of mindset is not something you desire for your working habits.
Jeniffer Dragonette explained this notion by focusing on research about human development. According to it, “People felt most authoritative, trustworthy, and competent when wearing formal business attire, but friendliest when wearing casual or business casual attire.” Therefore, wearing pajamas while working is not the proper way to building a career.
You Might Have Trouble Sleeping
As I previously mentioned, wearing pajamas all day harms mental and physical state. Not being able to sleep well through the night is the first sign of disruption of your physical state. A healthy human being needs proper and quality sleep to be able to function properly throughout the day.
People who have sleep disorders struggle to find the energy to do many activities during the day. Leading an inactive life and not being able to stick to your daily routines can do actual harm to your health. “Wearing pajamas all day and not sticking with our usual schedules for work could cause a disruption in our internal biological clock and lead to sleep problems, along with low energy and moodiness,” explains Dr. Dragonette.
Leading inactive physical life can additionally cause mental health problems. A person who struggles with physical and mental health conditions will be less likely to lead a productive life. So, wearing your pajamas throughout the whole day might seem like a harmless thing, but it has a significant impact on your health and well-being.
It Can Lead To Laziness
Although wearing pajamas is comfortable and might make you feel good throughout the day, wearing them constantly might lead to laziness. One day might not do any harm, but forming a habit can produce some severe laziness in a person.
It is like any other bad habit you form at a certain point in your life. For instance, you know that eating fast food is not good for you, but it is delicious, so you decide to eat it once a month. Then, it becomes once a week, and at last, you are too lazy to cook anymore, so you decide to opt for fast food quite frequently.
The same happens with wearing pajamas throughout the whole day. It happens for one day, but then you start liking it, so you do not see a point in changing your clothes when you are at home. However, you might notice that you have suddenly become a couch potato, and that is probably not something you desire for yourself.
Nonetheless, the things explained above do not mean that you are not allowed to have a pajama day once in a while. This kind of thing can be good for you as long as it does not become a habit. According to Dr. Dragonette, “Staying in our sleep clothes can potentially make us feel sluggish, but as with all things, moderation is key, and an occasional lazy day might feel like exactly what we need from time to time.”
Therefore, you can feel free to enjoy a day in your pajamas and have the proper rest you need. However, make sure that you do not turn into a couch potato before you know it and lose the drive to achieve your goals.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Wearing Pajamas The Whole Day?
Wearing pajamas for the whole day will feel comfortable and good for your body and soul. You do not have to dress up and spend time finding the perfect combination for work or a day out of the house. Therefore, when you wear your pajamas the whole day, you save time and rest properly after some hectic workdays.
However, wearing pajamas the whole day can be counter-productive as well. As explained above, it can lead to some mental and physical health issues and make you a sluggish person if you make a habit. Wearing pajamas all day long can affect your productivity and how you feel about yourself.
To conclude, if you form a habit of wearing pajamas for the whole day, it might disrupt a healthy and active life and cause mental health struggles. However, spending one day in pajamas after some busy days can be what you need. Therefore, make sure that you establish the proper balance.