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Teen Balks After Her Mom Demands She Stop Sleeping Naked Because Her Brother Might See Her

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Sleeping in the nude isn’t for everyone. But for some, it’s everything.

When the weather is hot, stripping it all off is one of the most efficient ways to find enough comfort to drift off and saw some logs.

It beats the heck out of tossing and turning.

But let’s be clear: sleeping in the buff isn’t for everyone.

Recently, one Redditor learned that the hard way. She, whose username was eventually deleted, explained her recent experience in a post to the “Am I the A**hole (AITA)” subReddit.

The Original Poster (OP) opted for a short and sweet title. 

“Aita for sleeping naked?”

She began with the facts. 

“I [15-year-old female] sleep naked during the summer. I don’t think this is super uncommon, especially in the south where I live due to the heat.”

“I’ve been doing it for just about three years now.”

Those three years would seem so peaceful after what happened next. 

“However my mother recently found out that I do this and she’s very upset about it. She found out because I’ve been cleaning out my closet and I asked to donate all my pajamas to goodwill.”

“Even in the winter I usually just wear whatever I wore that day to bed so they weren’t getting any use.”

For OP’s mom, that was a bombshell discovery. 

“She blew up at me over this and told me that I have to start wearing pajamas because my little brother might see me naked.”

“I think this is idiotic.”

“I’ve been doing this for three years and he has never seen me, because he knows to knock before he comes in, plus hes usually asleep by the time I get undressed for bed.”

“And tbh idk why it would be such a big deal if he did see me.”

Despite OP’s confidence, she did waver a little. 

“Anyway, am I in the wrong here?”

Anonymous strangers weighed in by declaring:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
  • NAH – No A**holes Here

An overwhelming majority of Redditors sided with OP. They highlighted that this was small potatoes. 

“NTA- why would you be? You’re not harming anyone or exposing yourself in front of anyone.”

“Sleep how you’re comfortable, what’s she gonna do? Force you to put on pants? Ask her why it upsets her, I’m fairly interested what reason she could bring up.” — Agreeable_Hippo_7970

“NTA. It’s not harming anyone. No one even knew until you told her” — MuensterBuns

“NTA Good lord, I have five sisters and I couldn’t tell you what they wear to bed or if they wear anything. And frankly, it’s never been a point of interest for me.” — Snoo57190

“NTA If no one else had a clue you were doing this for years, that is all the proof you need that this isn’t a real problem. It also shows you could just tell your mom that you’ll wear pjs, and then keep doing what you want without anyone knowing.” — PenelopeLumley

Others even advocated for the benefits. 

“Why aren’t you wearing your pj’s as house clothes….”

“Are you one of those people that even if they are staying in and being lazy that you get up and get dressed..”

“Lol NTA BTW I sleep nude too It’s better for you and been proven to help you sleep” — Gaddlings

“NTA, nothing wrong with sleeping naked. Many people consider it healthier.” — Iystrian

“NTA. I’ve actually read somewhere that it’s quite healthy and natural to sleep nude. The point is, it’s your body, and you have to do what’s comfortable within reason.”

“It’s not your job to worry about parenting or teaching your brother about these things.”

“Furthermore, it’s your room, which means it’s your own sacred/personal space, and your privacy is to be respected.”

“Your body is nothing to be ashamed of, and as long as you’re doing it in the privacy of your bedroom, there shouldn’t be a problem. 🤷‍♀️” — trishdrawspix

Some were even concerned by OP’s mom’s motivations. 

“NTA Classic Case of your mother sexualizing you. Honestly kinda worrying how she reacts to that.” — one_simon

“NTA: it is normal, and healthy, your brother isn’t the issue here but you’re mother sure is. It’s creepy that she’s sexualizing and body shaming you.” — Dangerous_Plate8614

“NTA – Kind of worried about why your mum is so concerned about this. And also why she thinks your brother will see you naked unless she hasn’t taught him manners.”

“Been sleeping naked since I was 14, my little sister started sleeping naked at 14. Its never been a problem in our house because everyone knocks, we have dressing gowns and we don’t sexualize family members’ bodies.”

“I mean if you want her off your back, and don’t mind lying, say you want to buy a baggy top to sleep in because pajamas make you feel uncomfortable. If she objects to that then yeah, something really off there” — Delicate-Tulip

A few, although they agreed it was no problem, did have a suggestion. 

“NTA but just a piece of advice from my own personal experience as someone who also liked to sleep naked, keep something nearby.”

“T-shirt and shorts and slippers or something like that. Maybe on the foot of the bed or something.”

“If you ever have to rush out of your room/house in the middle of the night you won’t want to be stuck out naked” — tdarn21

“NTA. It’s your body and your room. Your brother knows to knock so him entering and seeing anything wouldn’t be a problem.”

“My only concern would be if there were to be a fire or natural disaster during the night. If you had to evacuate quickly and you were nude that would honestly suck.”

“I know it’s unlikely to happen but it can. I had gone to bed without pants and woke up to our building being on fire. Thankfully I had a pair of sweats next to the bed to quickly slip on while I ran out the door.”

“I’d recommend keeping a set or two of pj’s. You can keep a set next to bed for those emergencies and also for if you have someone stay over or if you stay over at someone else’s.” — storibooked

Others had some advice about sleeping in clothes. 

“I’m kind of thinking you shouldn’t sleep in the clothes you wore all day for hygiene purposes.” — commenter79

“NTA but sleeping in your day clothes is a bit gross. All the dirt and grime of the day you’re taking to bed with you.” — PasDeTout

“NTA at all, OP. You’re sleeping how you feel most comfortable, in your private space.”

“My only suggestion is that you may want to consider changing into clean clothes on the nights you decide to sleep clothed, because you’re bringing all of the dirt and germs from the day into your clean bed. That’s just me, though.” — Mirror_Radiant

So if the Reddit comments are any indication, it looks like OP’s hot weather sleeping behavior is staying put.

But there is a chance she might make some changes for the colder nights.

Written by Eric Spring

Eric Spring lives in New York City. He has poor vision and cooks a good egg. Most of his money is spent on live music and produce. He usually wears plain, solid color sweatshirts without hoods because he assumes loud patterns make people expect something big. Typically, he'll bypass a handshake and go straight for the hug.