Going commando under the covers is the best way to secure the safety of your soldiers.
We're not making excuses for our lax bedroom attire - this is the latest advice from medical researchers.
Wear pants or pyjamas while you sleep, and you risk unleashing full-scale germ warfare in your nether regions – the warm, stuffy conditions providing the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. And the tighter the boxers, the worse for your fertility.
“More bacteria makes for a higher likelihood that any chafed or irritated skin down there becomes infected,” Dr Brian Steixner, Director of the Institute for Men’s Health at Jersey Urology Group, told The Metro.
If you dabble in manscaping down below, you leave yourself open to infections from ingrowing hairs, too, unless you allow yourself briefs respite.
The solution is simple: to avoid discomfort and “optimise sperm production”, simply wear your birthday suit to bed.
And this pants advice extends to women, too – who face a higher risk of thrush if they keep covered up – with leading gynaecologist Dr Alyssa Dweck adding, “‘I often tell my patients to sleep without underwear.”
Once again, you can rely on scientists to provide the naked truth.
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