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With the arrival of cooler weather comes the resurgence, in catalogs and department stores, of that most dubious of offerings: the two-piece set of pajamas.
Granted, not all pajamas are as hilariously improbable as the collared, button-down shirt, which makes the person wearing it look like he plans to attend a board meeting in dreamland. I have a theory that pajamas were invented for the scenes in TV shows where couples are sitting up in bed talking, but are actually worn by very few real people.
To lay around and watch Netflix? That is, of course, based on my own small sample.
Not too small, but, you know, not the Whitehall Civil Servant study either. A normal amount.
The data on pajama-donning and -doffing is scant. What is available suggests that nightwear is, indeed, somewhat of a sartorial Potemkin: Worn to give the appearance of propriety before bed, then cast off as soon as most of its wearers hit the sheets. InABC News conducted a telephone poll of 1, American adults and found that, contrary to my theory, a nightgown or pajamas were the most common sleepwear option.
Ditch the bra
But just a slight majority of women chose this option, and only 13 percent of men did. Most men said they slept either naked or in their underwear.
That poll was 10 years ago, so it's possible that attitudes have shifted since. Germans reported possessing one fewer set of pajamas in than in three, compared to foursuggesting that the Germans are getting more relaxed, as a people.
Overall, the survey showed that people own fewer sets of pajamas than they do other types of underclothing. That means if they wash their PJs as often as they do other clothing that gets regular, skin-on-fabric action, they must not be wearing jammies very often.
British people were far more likely than Americans to admit to sleeping naked, at least according to a phone survey by the National Sleep Foundation. The survey found that Americans were less likely to wear nightclothes than either of those countries:. But again, 19 percent of respondents said they wake up wearing less clothing than they had on when they went to bed.
Is it because fewer are wearing them? This could, though, be a side-effect of the overall decline in house fires and fire deaths since the mid-aughts.
If people are opting out of nightwear, it might be a good thing. Perhaps Marilyn Monroe had a point when she said the only thing she wears to sleep is Chanel No. Popular Latest.
The Atlantic Crossword.