Oh, sweet pyjama of mine

Are you new to student life? Do you feel a bit lost without your routines? Having breakfast in bed, taking a nap after lunch, and having your pyjamas on for the entire day. But now, when this dreamy scenario suddenly turned into your everyday life, maybe your pyjama is starting to feel a bit depressing?

One unexpected but inspiring example from history is William Shakespeare, who actually wrote King Lear during a quarantine (but hey, no pressure). And new study shows that working and studying from home in your pyjamas does not lower your productivity. However, it could be linked to poorer mental health. The study was made by the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, together with the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Sydney.

The study found that 41 percent of the respondents said they experienced increased productivity while working from home. So that’s good news! But they also noted that almost a third of the respondents said they experienced poorer mental health. That’s not as good news. 

This may or may not have anything to do with you wearing your pyjamas, but it might have something to do with what type of signals clothes can send to the brain. For many of us, clothes are more than just practical material; it’s a way of expressing ourselves and forming an identity. The study also tells us that just changing into other clothes before beginning your studies in the morning might protect you from the mental health issues that working and studying from hope might lead to. And it could be a cheaper option instead of buying some fashionable lounge or sleepwear. 

But hey, if you’re comfortable in your pyjamas, you should wear them! Whatever works for you in these confusing times. 


Written by Antonella Basagni

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