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(NSFW) Do you wear underwear under your pajamas?

Asked by JLeslie (59822points) November 5th, 2013

This is probably safe for work, but just in case I put the label on it.

Please tell us if you are a girl or guy.

Does it matter what type of pajamas? For instance I wear underwear to sleep if I am wearing a long T or nightgown, but I don’t wear underwear with pajama shorts or pants.

Have you always worn them or not worn them, or has it changed as you got older.

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picante's avatar

Female: I’ve always worn underwear under any type of pajamas; but I only wear pajamas when the weather is cold.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes! Female here.
I occasionally went without when I was younger, but I haven’t for many years now.

anniereborn's avatar

Female. Always wear them under anything.

Blondesjon's avatar

I wear them over my pajamas because I am a super hero.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Female. I don’t wear underwear, period.

Headhurts's avatar

Female. I don’t wear anything in bed.

Judi's avatar

What pajamas?

ucme's avatar

I’ve not worn jimmy-jams since I was 11, they had that easy access flap at the front & my tail always found it’s way out during the night…funny that.

Pachy's avatar

Male Pachyderm here, and this is the kind of question I’ve been waiting to comment since I joined Fluther!

As Groucho Marx once famously said, “I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know. So here I am in Groucho’s PJs. with no underwear underneath.

jca's avatar

Female. I wear underwear when I go out, otherwise, around the house and to bed, no.

Aethelwine's avatar

Female- I did a lot of not wearing underwear in my 20s and I ended up with recurrent yeast infections. sorry, tmi I now always wear cotton panties, and that includes under my jammies.

CWOTUS's avatar

When I travel I keep pajamas (or something that would work as well) “available” in case I need them during the night for whatever reason that might be, but I never wear them to bed unless the power is out, there is no heat, and the temperature in the house is south of 50°. And then I just wear clothes with long underwear and a sweater on top, and probably sleep in a coat, too.

That was two years ago. For a week. Fortunately that hasn’t repeated again.

ibstubro's avatar

Male. I don’t wear underwear unless I’m ‘dressed’, presumably to go outdoors or receive company.

I vaguely remember PJs. Around the house I wear sweats or pull on shorts with an appropriate pull on top.

I sometimes wear underwear to bed if I’m not sleeping at home.

:)

gailcalled's avatar

Only when I wear them in public. (The flip flops are optional.)

Adagio's avatar

Your question assumes I wear pyjamas… I do not : ^)

Rarebear's avatar

I don’t wear pajamas. Just boxers and a t shirt or sweat shirt if it’s cold.

Seek's avatar

I wear underthings on an “as needed” basis. Honestly, I would opt out of clothing entirely if it were socially acceptable. Costumes excluded. I love costumes. ^_^

YARNLADY's avatar

I wear gowns or long t-shirts, and I only wear underwear when I have a cold or other reason.

DominicX's avatar

I’m a guy, and yes, I wear boxers under pajamas; I’ve always done that Maybe I should try it without sometime ;)

Blackberry's avatar

It just depends. If it’s post coitus then with no underwear.

Edit: I’m a dude.

ibstubro's avatar

@DominicX PJs AND boxers?? Man, that’s like wrappin it twice in butcher paper.

The boys need air.

:-)

Valerie111's avatar

Female. I never wear underwear when I’m going to sleep. I wear shorts and a tank top or one of my boyfriends big shirts.

downtide's avatar

Male. I wear underwear (boxers and a t-shirt) as pyjamas. When its very cold I wear sweatpants instead, but I don’t wear the boxers as well in that case.

cookieman's avatar

guy
no undies
no pjs

nekkid

(occasional tee-shirt — like poo bear)

DominicX's avatar

@ibstubro heh, well, usually I sleep in only boxers, but if I have PJs on, I usually have underwear underneath :P

LuckyGuy's avatar

Guy. I wear briefs and t-shirt. No PJs.
I put on PJ bottoms when I get up to put a log in the wood burning stove.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, that makes me feel better, @DominicX. Just boxers is decent for sleeping. Better than briefs, in my opinion.

:D

Seek's avatar

@LuckyGuy I bet your house smells wonderful

livelaughlove21's avatar

I wear underwear under everything. I’m not the type that goes commando.

How do people go without underwear in jeans? The thought makes me hurt.

hearkat's avatar

On the rare occasions I have worn pyjamas in my adult life, I have not worn underwear beneath it. The only time I’ve worn underwear to bed overnight was back in the day when I wore maxi pads at night during my period.

filmfann's avatar

Male
In my younger days, I wore nothing to bed.
Now, in my 50’s, I wear underwear always, and pajamas when it is cold.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Male. Naked.

mallei's avatar

always, under everything, my whole female life

Seek's avatar

Ugh. I wish I could sleep nude again.

Confounded kid climbing into my bed at night… grr.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Female. After decades of sleeping in hotel rooms, pajamas and panties have become habit. Too many cases of other guests walking in, fire alarms, etc. that it is prudent to be prepared.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

At home (for sleep) it’s usually nothing up top and boxers. At partner’s, nothing.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Boxers work as pj bottoms. I don’t wear them outside of the home.

Kardamom's avatar

Yes, my behind gets cold at night. Even though I have hot flashes that would fell a moose. The HF’s are only from my shoulders up.

ibstubro's avatar

How odd @Kardamom. Is that okay with your doctor?

JLeslie's avatar

@ibstubro What’s odd?

Katniss's avatar

Female. I haven’t worn pj’s in years. I hate how they feel!!

ibstubro's avatar

@JLeslie and @Kardamom is it typical for hot flashes to only be from the shoulders up? I thought they were an all-over kinda thing.

Seek's avatar

Mine are pretty much head and shoulders, too.

Yay, 27 years old with hot flashes, I know. They’ve relaxed a bit since I’m back on the pill

It just feels like you’ve got a fever, for about five minutes at a time. Get all hot and sweaty and clammy and gross-feeling. You boys are lucky bastards.

Kardamom's avatar

@ibstubro Yeah, it’s pretty common/normal. Not sure why it effects only the upper parts, but everyone I talk to (female in my age group) seems to have the same deal.

Even though it’s fall, I still sleep with a fan pointed at my head and a blanket over my feet.

I have not yet gone through the change I’m peri. Like Katy Perry! Yay for me!

I also get these icky weird feelings like I’m being bitten by bugs, unseen bugs. Kind of ouchy, kind of itchy, but I looked it up and that seems to be fairly normal too.

Why can’t peri and regular menopause feel like being kissed by Alan Rickman???

JLeslie's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Are you going through early menopause? If not, hot flashes at your age can mean other things are going on. Graves disease and some other medical things. Unless you have been hot your entire life. Then you might just run hot.

Seek's avatar

I’ve always gotten hot flashes the week before menstruation. It’s just my normal.

Katniss's avatar

I’ve been getting hot flashes the last 6 months or so. They’re worse right before my period. I wake up with my hair drenched and my sheets soaked. It’s awesome. Ugh.

Kardamom's avatar

I just realized that I said, “Bitten by bugs.” Why couldn’t I have been bitten by The Beatles? That would be awesome.

ibstubro's avatar

@Kardamom can you afford the Beatles? Careful you don’t end up bitten by Monkeys.

Kardamom's avatar

@ibstubro Actually I’d rather be bitten by The Monkees!

SecondHandStoke's avatar

Male.

What is pajamas?

OneBadApple's avatar

“Don’t you see what’s going on here ? There’s nothing between him and us except a thin layer of gabardine….”
.

“I’m OUT THERE, Jerry and I’m LOVIN’ IT !!”

tinyfaery's avatar

Undies and no bra.

ucme's avatar

Hmm, they’re called hot flushes over here.

syz's avatar

Female, no underwear, no pajamas.

livelaughlove21's avatar

This thread reminds me of something.

No bra, no panties.

rojo's avatar

Male
Usually either/or but not both. PJ (or sweat) bottoms only in colder weather only, never a top.

Over the past couple of years I have actually taken to wearing a sarong (sans underwear)around the house and just go to bed in that if it cool enough.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Why you sleep in hotels for years?

glacial's avatar

Pyjamas are already more clothing than I want in bed. I wear them if it’s too cold not to. And without underwear. Honestly, until that other thread, it never occurred to me that anyone would wear underwear with pyjamas. I think because… I see pyjamas as kind of a longer version of underwear.

This may explain why I’m horrified at people wearing them outside the house. Hmm.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@Dutchess_III I was in the hotel business for 30 years. The bulk of that was either inspecting hotels or conducting training classes all over the US.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I very rarely wear pajamas but if I do, no, I don’t wear underwear. I avoid underwear in bed unless I am staying at someone else’s house and don’t want any late night loo visits to turn awkward!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

What is the reasoning behind not wearing underwear to bed? I’m quite curious….”

anniereborn's avatar

I also want to know this. For those who do not wear underwear under pajamas. Do you wash your pajamas after every wearing? Cuz otherwise it’s kinda like wearing the same underwear again and again.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Agreed. And it’s not as if wearing underwear would make you uncomfortable sleeping. If it does, you should invest in underwear that actually fits you…and that isn’t butt floss, ladies.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Think of the spiders…..

Headhurts's avatar

I feel claustrophobic if I wear anything in bed. My boyfriend doesn’t wear anything in bed either. We don’t even own pyjamas.

livelaughlove21's avatar

We sleep with a dog. Being naked seems a bit inappropriate and even more dangerous – especially for my husband. He wears boxer briefs to bed.

Even before the dog, though, neither of us slept naked. I’m barely comfortable being naked when I am conscious of my body movements/position. Certain sleeping positions just would not be very aesthetically pleasing.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I feel that way too @livelaughlove21. I just feel…uncomfortably vulnerable.

hearkat's avatar

I move around a lot when I sleep, and wearing any sort of garment gets twisted or tangled, including my cotton granny panties. When I’m sleeping, I am not concerned about being “aesthetically pleasing”; comfort is my priority and my sweetie loves me as I am – even with all my sagging parts, drool on the pillow, and my hair in a pony-tail/bun on the very top of my head.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@hearkat I love my husband the way he is, but when I wake up to his ass in my face, which I often do, I appreciate not finding myself in clear view of his asshole. My husband and I are close and he sees me with my hair a mess in a baggy t-shirt and not a drop of makeup. However, I still give a shit about what he sees when he looks over at me in the middle of the night. Call me crazy, but it’s true.

I even feel uncomfortable being naked around my dog. The cat doesn’t give a shit and neither do I, but Daisy always looks at me out of the corner of her eye as if to say, “woah, mom, I don’t know if I’m okay with this!”

ibstubro's avatar

The reasoning behind not wearing underwear to bed is that it’s confining.

I think it’s less understandable to women because they tend to wear small, tighter and silkier undergarments than men. Cotton on cotton drags, every time you move. Flannel is even worse. Like velcro…you wake up with your clothes matted to the sheets and you tangled inside.

Few women wear bras to bed. Why? For the same reasons, a lot of men prefer not to wear briefs. If something is confining and chaffing you all day, you should at least be free of it at night, in the privacy. :-)

gailcalled's avatar

^^ Few women wear bras to bed. Ya wanna bet?

ibstubro's avatar

Okay, @gailcalled, sorry. “Few women in my experience wear bras to bed.” (Maybe none.)

:)

LornaLove's avatar

No I don’t. If I wear a nightie I wear none, same for a T-Shirt if it is long. I just feel I need to let the little thing breath now and then. I would never wear a bra, bra’s are torture for me all day I would not sleep a wink.

anniereborn's avatar

I don’t wear a bra to bed. Bras are WAY more uncomfortable to me than undies.

JLeslie's avatar

A lot of women who do sleep in bras wear bras that are wireless to bed and the support is different because breast shape is less of a concern. Most women don’t wear bras to sleep, but I don’t remember the statistic, I worked for a bra company. Some large breasted women sometimes are more comfortable wearing something. Also, large breasted women previously were advised to wear a bra to help the tissues of the breast resist gravity. Then there has been some information out there that women who wear bras all the time have much higher rates of breast cancer, but I think that is not proven. I am not sure what populations they were looking at in that “study.” Lastly, there was a study a few years ago that said wearing a bra all day does not significantly affect how much you are going to sag. I don’t know how valid that study was either.

Some small breasted women where bras to bed also, for a multitude of reasons, but most women love taking their bra off once the get home, even if their bras are comfortable all day.

As far as underwear and panties, I really am shocked some people regularly wear their underwear under pajamas, I never would have guessed. Thanks for all the answers.

anniereborn's avatar

I still want to know if people that do not wear undies under their pajamas wash them after every wearing. As they are, in effect, their underwear for the night.

@JLeslie I am a big busted woman who always wears wireless. I still can’t wait to get that thing off. I almost never wear one to bed.

livelaughlove21's avatar

I am small-chested and I wore my padded bra with a wire to bed every night until maybe three years ago. I’m not sure there was ever a reason for it, but I never found it uncomfortable. It’s still never uncomfortable during the day. Now, I will sometimes wear a sports bra to bed if my breasts are particularly sore. They’re always sore, but some nights are worse than others.

gailcalled's avatar

Additionally, many women who have had lumpectomies sleep in a soft cotton bra that hooks in the front like this one for a while after the surgery or all the time due to issues relating to the scar.

JLeslie's avatar

@anniereborn Most women don’t wear bras to bed no matter how big they are. If your bra is hurting you, possibly you are wearing the wrong size, or you need a better (unfortunately more expensive) bra. Have you been measured? Most large breasted women have been, but I thought I would ask. Large breasted women often don’t have all the annoying signs their bra fits badly. For instance a bra too large around the back on most women causes the straps to fall down and they often have to pull their bra down during the day, but large breasted women not necessarily, but the back slips enough that the bra is digging into them and not supporting their breasts well.

ucme's avatar

Ahh, titties…contented sigh.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Do you wear a bra to be @ucme? :)

Yes, bras are specifically designed to be tight and confining, especially for bigger breasted women. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be doing their job, which is support. Not comparable to a pair of comfortable undies. (Why do we call underwear a “pair?”)

I too am waiting for an answer to @anniereborn‘s question about how often you wash your outerwear after having used them as your underwear….?

Seek's avatar

I bathe at night, and wear jammies about a week at a stretch.

There.

ucme's avatar

No, but I do wear a testicle hammock, cradle those soldiers in the barracks.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Under the nut butt cup? To bed????????????

ibstubro's avatar

@ucme So you, like Bill Clinton, are a hammock versus tent guy for the troops?

ucme's avatar

@ibstubro Only my penis is straight, oh…& it’s never been in Monica’s gob.

Seek's avatar

^ Not that he would admit it.

LornaLove's avatar

@JLeslie I am like @anniereborn in that I am large breasted and the pain of bras has become unbearable to me. One can say get measured etc., well, I have been on a quest for over a year to find my size. Every measurement is different. Plus the bra shop bra sizes are also all different. I normally wear a DD which when I bought the other day swims on me. Another DD I bought leaves welts on my breasts. If only it were so easy to get measured and get a correct bra.

At times I just don’t wear one the pain is so bad. I would prefer to go loose at this point. Although not ideal I know.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Would you consider breast reduction surgery @LornaLove? I mean, if you can prove a medical need, insurance (if you have insurance) should pay for it.

I’d consider it. I’m only a C (or, as you said, a D in other bras) but I have this back muscle that keeps getting pulled and it’s damn near incapacitating, and I wonder if that’s the reason.

anniereborn's avatar

@Dutchess_III I myself would LOVE reduction surgery. But I am on state aid. I think they would have to be totally crippling me for it to be approved. (btw I am a DDD!)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Might try anyway @anniereborn. Tell the doctor your back hurts all the time.

My best friend in Jr. High was a DDD. That poor girl. She was treated so badly. She was treated as though she was a slut, like there was anything she could do about her breast size.

I also received my share of implication and innuendo because I was an early bloomer.
I’m so sick of this fixation on breasts.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I just feel more comfortable not wearing clothing in bed. My dog sleeps on the bed with me, sometimes in the bed, but that doesn’t bother me. Sometimes I wake up to find her curled up in my armpit but that’s about as awkward as it’s ever gotten! My boyfriend doesn’t wear anything either and I can honestly say that I have never woken up with his asshole in my face @livelaughlove21!!! I wear underwear when I am on my period just in case there is any leaking (sorry if that’s too much information) but other than that I enjoy those few hours where I don’t have to wear undies. They’re not uncomfortable as such just unnecessary for me to wear in bed so it saves on the washing! I would not dream of wearing a bra to bed if I can help it. I have small boobs so they don’t really get in the way when I sleep and aren’t uncomfortable so I would rather not restrict them. I sometimes go without a bra during the day as well.

JLeslie's avatar

@LornaLove Here’s the thing, the most important measure is the back size, not the cup size. In America most of the better brands for large breasted women you measure in inches where the bra band goes beneath your breast and straight around your back and add 4. So, if you measure 30, you are a 34. Some brands you are supposed to add 5. Either way, most people wear bras a whole size bigger if they are in the wrong size.

People are wearing 36 when they should be in a 34. Once in a while I came across some in a bra that was two small around the back, but rarely. The bra should be flat against your chest, doesn’t move when you lift your arms. When you have that size right, when the cup is right the wire is against your cheast wall, not up against your breast tissue, and your breasts are well inside the cup, nothing spilling out the front. If you have the wrong size around the back you can still fit the cup, and that is where people tend to screw up. For instance if you need a 34DDD, if you put on a 36DD, the cup will fit well, but the bra will slip around. None of this might be the problem in your case, but we found this problem a lot with women.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hey…do sports bras work for support?

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III Yes. Keeping the breastessis as still as possible helps protect the connective tissue in the breast. The muscle below the breast can be strengthened, but some of the tissues in the breast once damaged or stretched are permanently like that. We can even gain and lose weight and those tissues might still be ok, just the fat cells and some other things are fluctuating. Don’t shimmy shake in zumba, don’t jump around a lot (run, high impact aerobics) without support that really holds your breast in place well.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Hm. I shall try a sports bra.

One of the things I hate the most is the fact that I wore a size 10 shirt but a size 8 pants (that is now a 12 and 10) and if my shirts weren’t a little clingy they just hung straight down my boobs. I looked “matronly.” Didn’t do justice to my figure at all. Problem is, I HATE tighter fitting clothes. I remember walking across K-State campus in the late 70’s, wearing a sweater that did hug my form. It wasn’t skin tight by any means but it it did conform. I saw some guy as I approached mimicking the bouncing of my boobs, with a pleased grin on his face that said he approved. I never wore that sweater again. :( I was SO embarrassed, even though he thought he was complimenting me.

JLeslie's avatar

@Dutchess_III You mean a sports bra for every day? They are usually very tight, I’m not sure you will want to do it, unless it is a medium support bra, like a Wacoal that fits like a regular wire with adjustable back and straps. I’m a C and a lot of tops pull across my breasts. It’s ridiculous. C is such a common size a typical miss shirt should fit, but they often don’t, and people seem to consider the pull their the fashion or something. Better made blouses (more expensive) tend to fit a C cup easily, unless it is a vendor that targets very slim figures in general.

Lorna's avatar

I do not wear any clothes in bed.

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