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"What do I wear to bed? Chanel No. 5."

While pajamas or underwear are the most commonly depicted garments worn for sleep, it's also not uncommon to depict a person wearing nothing to bed at all. While this is Truth in Television, media often treat this as shocking or exotic, with the character who does it being portrayed as an oddball for doing so, and they're often comically opinionated about the superiority of their sleeping habit if questioned, often mentioning health or comfort benefits. In Real Life, somewhere around 25% of all adults sleep this way normally.

Sometimes used to illustrate the setting, such as a depiction of a period before sleepwear became mainstream, or character, as in showing a person prefers not to wear clothes at home at all or has other traits to them that make sleepwear either unnecessary or in some way a hindrance. Sometimes the characters simply don't have any clothes to spare, and sleeping without clothes is a sign of a dire situation or even poverty, similar to a Bankruptcy Barrel. And sometimes they sleep nude because they live in a very warm environment and would find extra insulation (in the form of pajamas) to be unnecessary.

Naturally, it also serves as a form of Fanservice, with the notion that nude sleepers are tied to seductive or sex-positive characters, with The Tease oversharing that she does it just to titillate others. Fan Disservice is also just as likely, with the common stereotype that old, ugly, or gross people also enjoy sleeping naked. As such nude sleepers are commonly either portrayed as very attractive or very repulsive.

A lot of awkwardness may happen if a character sleeps this way have to share a bed but There Is Only One Bed. A Shameless Fanservice Girl or someone with No Sense of Personal Space may not mind, but the other person surely will. Expect a Bedmate Reveal if someone who sleeps naked sneaks into another character's bed, intentionally or accidentally, with one of them usually freaking out and jumping to conclusions. A Modesty Bedsheet (or a woman lying on her front) can be employed if censorship is necessary.

When someone is woken up abruptly while in this state, it can also be an example of Naked People Are Funny or an Inconvenient Summons. Can sometimes lead to Dining in the Buff if someone chooses to get a Midnight Snack or make breakfast without getting dressed, or a Full-Frontal Assault if attacked in their sleep. May involve Clingy Sleepers, especially the nude sleeper.

Compare Home Nudist and Going Commando.


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  • In the Argos cataloge, the bed linen models sleep in the nude.
  • In an ad campaign for the Coco Chanel perfume "Chanel No. 5", Marilyn Monroe claimed that she only wore the perfume to bed, obviously to take advantage of the titillating factor associated with sleeping naked. The campaign was wildly successful, and even popularized the notion of sleeping naked being seen as exotic and sexy in media.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Shadow Mei sleeps naked, with her Modesty Bedsheet not even covering most of her. After some delinquents wander into the abandoned hotel she was living in, Mei spends a good while avoiding them covered in only the sheet, even though she could instantly change into her usual outfit.
  • Both versions of Bubblegum Crisis show Sylia Stingray sleeping this way. The Modesty Bedsheet does little to not bare the original incarnation's legs and shoulders. The 2040 incarnation is only shown doing this once, but it's waking up which allows her to show the same amount of skin nonetheless.
  • Queen Alsheyra Almonise is seen sleeping in the buff in Episode 19 of the Chrome Shelled Regios anime after a Catapult Nightmare. The audience is treated to a Sideboob, but the Modesty Bedsheet preserves her lower body.
  • Dancougar Nova: Fashion model Aoi is shown to sleep naked in episode 2 when she wakes up in a Catapult Nightmare, with a Modesty Bedsheet covering all important bits. Riruri calls in her Video Phone moments later, and finds it odd that Aoi disabled the video feed, with the ensuing dialogue being a clear reference to the Marilyn Monroe "Chanel No. 5" ad campaign.
    Aoi: I sleep in a way I don't like others to see. Especially men.
    Riruri: Like wearing Chanel No. 5 or 6?
    Aoi: Non. It's an original.
  • In the director's cut of episode 2 of the Date A Live anime, Origami Tobiichi is shown sleeping naked.
  • Dragon Ball: In an early episode, Bulma is forced to do this when she puts all her clothes in the wash and has nothing to wear to bed. Yamcha gets an eyeful when he mistakes her form under her blanket for the Dragon Balls and lifts the blanket. The next day, it turns out Oolong forgot to turn the washing machine on, so the only outfit available for her is a Playboy Bunny outfit.
  • The Duke Of Death And His Maid: The Duke is shocked to learn that Alice sleeps naked and doesn't bother to get dressed when answering her door, instead teasing him with her body for the umpteenth time.
  • Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA: Angelica Ainsworth sleeps naked, and by her own words always does so. If anyone walks in on her, she doesn't bother to cover herself and will get up and start talking to them. When she makes a Heel–Face Turn and joins the heroes, they manage to convince her to wear a long shirt to bed. When she finds out, Erika finds it "cool and mature", but when she tries it herself she gets a cold.
  • The sixth episode of Flame of Recca has Yanagi Sakoshita this way due to her clothes being dry cleaned after the encounter in the previous episode. Notably, the original scene from the manga has Kaoru Koganei delivering her food instead of her freshly dried clothes.
  • Food Wars!: Being a Home Nudist, Satoshi Isshiki is shown sleeping in his birthday suit.
  • In 4★Town 4★Real, Aaron T. is revealed to not own pyjamas as he does this.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Happened to lead character Miaka Yuuki twice. First was when she and her Love Interest Tamahome wake up in Taiitsukun's domain. The divine entity and her charges had the lovers' clothes cleaned up after arriving from their brief battle with the Seiryuu team. When Tamahome wakes Miaka up, she's understandably aggressive. The second was after Miaka wakes up after her Bungled Suicide by drowning, which leaves Hptohori flustered.
  • The manga version of Gate shows that Delilah strips naked before going to sleep. She doesn't do this in the anime.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: An episode in 2nd GIG has Major Kusanagi sleep in only her panties (camera angles and Scenery Censor conceal her breasts). For bonus points, she's sharing the bed with a teenage boy, and offers to take his virginity when he asks her if one can still have sex as a full body-replacement Cyborg (he turns her down). It's strongly implied that she mostly only bothers with clothes for social or practical reasons: as her cyborg body began life as a common civilian model from several years ago, there are probably thousands of women with her exact external body.
  • Gundam:
  • Handyman Saitou in Another World: Raelza is often shown sleeping naked, which is the only time she willingly removes her armor. She will still suffer a Naked Freak-Out if someone walks in on her.
  • An early Running Gag in the Hetalia: Axis Powers manga was that not only does Italy sleep in the buff, but he also has the occasional tendency to forget to put pants on when he wakes up. Not that he minds, though everyone else does. This gag has been largely abandoned (though Italy's sleeping habits remain the same). The anime edited things so that Italy sleeps in his underwear, which kind of missed the point of the joke, though this tendency of his was still referenced once in the dub.
  • Played for Laughs during a Class Trip to Kyoto in Chapter 119 of Hidamari Sketch, Nakayama is waking up everyone and freaks out when she pulls off Miyako's blanket to find out she sleeps in the nude. Miyako just lazily sits up, showing no discomfort in front of the shocked Nakayama.
  • In Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni: Kai, Miyo gets a Harassing Phone Call from Okonogi in the middle of the night and we see her bare back as she sits up to answer and the sheet slides down, showing she sleeps in the buff. The scene seems to be purely for Fanservice.
  • Kill la Kill: While arguing with Mako about Ryuko coming to school in her pajamas, Ira Gamagori casually mentions that he sleeps in the nude. One random female student looks shocked while Mako just starts berating him, saying that he could catch a cold.
  • In Kyou no Asuka Show, Asuka is admonished by her father when he catches her sleeping naked during the winter.
  • Maria the Virgin Witch: Maria is often shown sleeping naked and she doesn't use a blanket.
  • Episode 9 of the Modern Magic Made Simple anime begins showing Yumiko in her bed covered by a white bedsheet. When she gets out of bed, she twirls with extreme speed to wrap the sheet around her, right before the viewer expects to see more.
  • A lot of characters in Monster Musume do this. Rachnera is the most notable, while Suu reverts to a puddle form and then there's Doppel, Kii and Kino who're always naked.
  • Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood: In episode 8, the girls are having a sleepover and are shocked to find Ellie sleeps in the nude, with Ellie claiming all she wears to bed is Chanel No. 5 (as a reference to the Marilyn Monroe quote). Akari finds it bold, Hinata thinks it's an easy way to get a cold and Sophie just tells her to Please Put Some Clothes On.
  • Murder Princess: Falis sleeps naked during her first night in the palace after her "Freaky Friday" Flip with princess Alita. Naked People Are Funny is then put in effect when her Modesty Bedsheet accidentally falls off.
  • My Hero Academia: Toru Hagakure is always invisible, so she is an Invisible Streaker in battle but normally wears clothes in casual situations. However, when sleeping, she can only be seen as an indent on her bed, meaning she sleeps without clothes.
  • Ouran High School Host Club: Hikaru Hitachiin is implied to do this (while sharing a bed with his twin brother, no less). It's only implied in the manga, but the anime seems to confirm it when the twins unsuccessfully try to prank their maids.
  • Phantom Quest Corp.: Ayaka habitually sleeps in the nude, usually with a Modesty Bedsheet used to preserve her modesty.
  • Queen's Blade: Both Leina and her younger sister, Elina, also have a habit of sleeping in the nude.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: Ichika Nakano tends to sleep naked, and if she falls asleep while wearing clothes, she'll eventually strip in her sleep. She doesn't care if anyone sees her.
  • Ragnarok the Animation: A brief flashback in episode 17 shows Takius getting up from bed with her entire backside visible after being woken up by her Evil Mentor.
  • Reborn! (2004): A brief flashback shows Gamma accidentally walking into his boss Aria's room while she's pointing a gun at him while also covering herself with Modesty Bedsheet.
  • The second ED animation of Rosario + Vampire shows Inner Moka sleeping in her bed with only a red blanket covering her up to her chest. She later gets up and wraps the sheet around herself as she walks up to the window. She then drops the sheet as her body turns into a Sexy Silhouette.
  • The title character of Space Adventure Cobra; we don't see him below the waist when he's suddenly woken up one morning, but his lack of a shirt coupled with the fact that he uses his blanket as a Modesty Bedsheet to run out and scold his Robot Buddy for waking him early on a Sunday makes it pretty obvious that he was naked.
  • Strike Witches: Gertrud Barkhorn is repeatedly shown sleeping in the nude despite sharing her room with fellow Karlsland witch Erica Hartmann.
  • Sword Art Online:
    • Quinella's first scene shows her waking up in a luxurious bed while completely naked. This was before the period when she decides that she doesn't need clothes anymore.
    • Fanatio is shown naked in bed during the Alicization: War of Underworld OP.
  • Texhnolyze: Doc is seen sleeping naked on her chair, with only Godiva Hair and her legs crossed barely preserving her modesty.
  • The eponymous Witch Hunter Robin sleeps in the nude, which is surprising considering she was reared in a convent. She holds a Modesty Bedsheet high whenever anyone is near enough to see.
  • Yaiba: Empress Kaguya sleeps nude, and is in fact introduced doing so. A Modesty Bedsheet or Sexy Silhouette are used to preserve her modesty.
  • Yankee JK KuzuHana-chan: Yuna Ushigome unashamedly sleeps in the buff, even during a school trip with her classmates around her.

    Comic Books 
  • The 81st issue of Animal Man shows Buddy Baker's young daughter Maxine sleeping without any clothes on.
  • The 19th issue of The Batman & Robin Adventures shows two panels of Helena Bertinelli sleeping naked.
  • Lady Death: #9 of the 2010 series shows Satasha and her wife Fenn naked in bed as they are woken up by an attack on their city.
  • Mélusine: In this French series, Cute Witch Mélusine always slept naked in the comic's early days; however during one of her first nights spent in the Haunted Castle, she finds out that several Bedsheet Ghosts like to haunt her bedroom — including one she is unwittingly using as bed sheet. Small wonder that, later in the series, she tends to wear a nightgown to bed... but she doesn't always.
  • Runaways: Victor Mancha prefers to sleep naked, which makes things very awkward for Chase when he decides to have a late-night chat with him.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Johnny Storm sleeps in the nude, he claims due to heightened body temperature thanks to his fire powers. Peter discovers this when he lets Johnny crash at the Baxter Building (currently the home of Parker Industries) and finds Johnny asleep in his bed. And the only thing Johnny has to cover himself with is Peter's pillow. Peter is definitely not amused.
    • In Amazing Spider-Man 2018 #9, Peter is sleeping naked on his bed when he's woken by Silk who begins Eating the Eye Candy, partially fueled by the pheromones that make them attracted to each other.
    • Rather infamously done in Spider-Man: Reign, where the initial printing of the first issue was recalled because it showed the schlong of the aged Peter Parker as he sat nude in bed.
  • Supreme Power: Doc Spectrum's crystal once took control of him at night and had him confront one of his government superiors naked, because that's how he sleeps.
  • Tom Strong: Tom and his wife Dhalua are shown to sleep in the nude more than once.
  • Wonder Woman: Diana seems to have a habit of sleeping au natural.
  • Some male Smurfs in the comic book series tend to sleep wearing nothing but their Smurf hats.

    Comic Strips 
  • In this Beetle Bailey, we find out that Miss Buxley sleeps in the nude when she's shown lying in her bed naked under the sheets.
  • In one Big Nate Sunday strip, Nate and Teddy go to school on Pajama Day and see that Mrs. Godfrey is wearing her regular clothes. When they ask her why she isn't wearing her pajamas, she responds that she sleeps naked. The thought horrifies the boys.
  • Modesty Blaise: Modesty never wears any sleepwear. This provides many opportunities for fanservice when she's shown getting in and out of bed.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • The Addams Family (2019) begins with Morticia getting out of bed and preparing for her wedding to Gomez. From what can be seen, she was most likely sleeping without clothes on.
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Mrs. Packard, the very old radio operator, says that she does this when everyone camps out.
    Doctor Sweet: [hands Milo a sleep mask] You're gonna want a pair of these. She sleepwalks.
  • In A Certain Magical Index: Miracle of Endymion, Shutaura Sequenzia is shown getting out of bed naked and quickly getting dressed.
  • Justice League vs. Teen Titans: Beast Boy breaks through a wall from his room in rhino form when he hears Raven cry out. Upon seeing that everything's alright, he returns to human form and...:
    Raven: You know you're naked, right?
    Garfield: Huh? [looks down, covers himself] Agh! [starts dressing] I overslept! Was rushing. Forgot to put on my uniform. So I sleep in the nude. So what? Animals are naked! I am the entire animal kingdom crammed into a single magnificent specimen.
    Raven: You're something crammed into something.
  • Lupin III: Missed by a Dollar: Big Bad Cynthia is seen in bed covered only in Modesty Bedsheet during the climactic scene.
  • Near the beginning of Shrek the Third, Donkey tries to get Shrek out of bed and yanks off the covers, resulting in him Screaming at Squick.
    Donkey: You know, you really need to get yourself a pair of jammies!
  • Sing 2: Jimmy Crystal is revealed to do this, which his poor assistant Jerry finds out the hard way when he has to barge into his bedroom to wake him up.
    Jerry: I'm so sorry to wake you up, sir. It's Moon! He’s taken over the theatre and he's putting on the show right now!
    Crystal: [angrily jumps out of bed, with no clothes on] He's WHAAAAAT...?!
    Jerry: [Screams Like a Little Girl]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Anger Management, Buddy Rydell sleeps in the nude, then cuddles up to David when they share a bed. Considering Buddy's modus operandi, it was intended to be one more way to crank up the awkwardness for David and make him come to an epiphany.
  • Anon (2018): The police are able to hack into the eye implants of the anonymous female hacker and try to work out where she lives. At one point, she strips off and looks at herself in a full-length mirror before going to bed. Turns out there was a clue reflected in the mirror, but the detective protagonist was the only one who wasn't Distracted by the Sexy at that point.
  • In Batman Forever, when Batman visits Dr. Chase Meridian in her bedroom, it's heavily implied that she's naked except for her bedsheet.
  • Cat Girl (1957): In her family's Old, Dark House, Leonora — played by Barbara Shelley — is awakened by the old Creepy Housekeeper, with Modesty Bedsheet and Toplessness from the Back emphasizing that Leonora sleeps nude. Her uncle needs to speak to Leonora immediately, and the housekeeper passes a dressing gown to her. Cut to a Sexy Discretion Shot on Leonora's shadow as she dresses, leading to the housekeeper complimenting Leonora on the beautiful woman she's grown into.
  • Daredevil (2003): Matt seems to do this, but in a sensory deprivation tank instead, as it's the only way for his hyperactive senses to block out the outside world. After a (not so titillating) Shower Scene, he proceeds to sleep in said tank.
  • In Entrapment, Gin has to sleep naked in a hotel room after her luggage is stolen by Mac, the Gentleman Thief she's trying to meet. Naturally, he sneaks into her room to meet her that night and she ends up giving him a Naked First Impression. Later in the movie she's once again shown sleeping naked, this time with no excuse. Mac finds her and covers her up with a Modesty Bedsheet.
  • At one point in Farewell, My Queen, Sidonie Laborde watches Gabrielle de Polignac while she is sleeping naked. Sidonie even pulls her blanket off so she can see all of her.
  • Holly Slept Over: Pete tells Noel that Marnie likes to sleep nude sometimes.
  • Katherine is shown sleeping naked throughout Lady Macbeth, oftentimes being too tired to dress herself up again after having sex with her lover Sebastian.
  • Sylvia in Lethal Panther sleeps naked, as shown in an early scene with her intimate parts completely exposed to the open, with the camera angles dangling a little too close on the, ahem, sensitive parts. In what was supposed to be a Girls with Guns film, and for a while, audiences probably forgot they're watching an action movie instead of a porno.
  • In Licence to Kill, Lupe Lamora is introduced sleeping with her lover post-sex. Later, when James Bond infiltrates the cruise ship she's on and sneaks into her bedroom to take her as hostage, she gets up and covers herself with a Modesty Bedsheet.
  • Machete: When Machete goes to rescue an apparent kidnap victim, he finds her sleeping in a bed completely naked with no blanket. When he wakes her up, she refuses to get dressed, so he just throws her over his shoulder and walks out.
  • When Carrie goes to visit Dalton in his loft apartment in Road House (1989), she finds him sleeping nude and is all to happy to start Eating the Eye Candy before he pulls on some jeans.
  • In The Seduction, Jamie Douglas' nightly routine involves Skinny Dipping in her pool and going to sleep in the nude.
  • The Santa Clause: We see Scott go to bed wearing a T-shirt and boxers. However, when he "dreams" about becoming Santa Claus and wakes up in the fancy silk pajamas that he got at the North Pole, he insists that they can't be his, at one point claiming "I don't even wear pajamas! I normally sleep naked! BUCK NAKED!"
  • In The Singing Nun, when a young boy named Dominic is going to sleep over at the convent, the nuns comment that they need to get his pajamas, only for him to cheerfully tell them that he sleeps naked. After a Beat, Sister Cluny admits that she did too when she was his age.
  • Special Female Force: All the girls in the co-ed dorm room are puzzled when they see Cat come into the room dressed only in a Modesty Towel. They're even more shocked when she drops it and starts stretching before explaining to her startled teammates she likes to sleep naked.
  • In You, Me and Dupree, one of the ways Dupree annoys Carl and Molly is by sleeping naked on their couch.

  • The Afterward: Terriam slept nude, and Olsa did too while traveling when near other people, but otherwise with clothes on, ready to run if necessary.
  • Campione!: Much to Godou Kusanagi's chagrin, he constantly wakes up to find Erica Blandelli naked in his bed.
  • While she isn't implied to sleep nude all the time, in Catching Fire, Katniss wakes from a particularly bad nightmare to find her nightclothes soaked in sweat. Rather than change into clean ones, she elects to just strip them off and go back to bed naked.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses: The second book adds to the Unresolved Sexual Tension by having Feyre hear Rhysand having a nightmare, and learning this about him when she comes to wake him up.
  • The space cadets in Ender's Game all go to their bunks in the nude. Shockingly, this also includes Petra, the only girl in her squad. She seemingly has no problem sleeping naked in the same room with a group of nude boys.
  • Dragonvarld: Bellona, commander of the monastery's warrior women, always sleeps naked so she can quickly put on her armor if necessary on her waking up without changing clothes.
  • Everworld: The first time that David finds himself back in the normal world (for more than ten seconds) involves waking up in his own bed. He throws off the covers in surprise and informs us that he has "nothing on" — meaning that he didn't physically return from Everworld, but also that his "real world"-self apparently doesn't wear pajamas.
  • High School D×D: Rias Gremory, who explains that she can't fall asleep unless she's naked. Issei gets the shock of his life when he finds her sleeping next to him completely naked. Girl even flaunts her assets in his face. Asia later gets in on it in order not to lose to Rias.
  • In The Howling (1977), it's mentioned that since marrying Roy, Karyn usually sleeps naked next to him. Due to their problems with intimacy following Karyn's rape, Karyn begins wearing a nightgown, symbolising the loss of intimacy between the couple and Karyn's increasing discomfort being vulnerable with Roy.
  • Miyax of Julie of the Wolves sleeps this way, undressing completely before climbing into her sleeping sack at night. This goes badly for her late in the story when the wolf Jello steals her pack as she's waking up, leading Julie to briefly (and unsuccessfully) chase him in her skin.
  • Lizzy and Diesel: Diesel sleeps naked, which fuels the Unresolved Sexual Tension between him and Lizzy when he stays at her house.
  • In The Name of the Wind, Kvothe discovers Fela sleeps in the nude when he calls upon her in her dorm room late one night, only for her to drowsily answer the door with only a Modesty Bedsheet barely covering her. He struggles with the urge to gawk openly.
  • In Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston sleeps this way because "members of the Outer Party receive only three thousand clothing coupons annually, and a suit of pajamas was six hundred."
  • In The Once and Future King, this is first mentioned when twelve-year-old Wart and fourteen-year-old Kay jump out of bed to fight, "looking rather liked skinned rabbits—for in those days, nobody wore clothes to bed." Later uses of this trope are more obviously meant to imply sex or, in the case of one man climbing into a bed that he doesn't realize another man is already sleeping in, humor.
  • Otherside Picnic: Toriko, to Sorawo's sudden horror and embarrassment when she discovers it, sleeps naked "when she feels like it". Sorawo has to deal with the realization that she spent the night in bed with a naked Toriko.
  • Overlord (2012): Enri Emmot eventually reveals that she does this, but only if she is sharing a bed with her husband Nfirea Bareare, which makes him very happy. If he isn't there, she wears a nightgown.
  • The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Sorata finds Mashiro sleeping curled up in a duvet under a desk. When he wakes her up, he finds out she was doing so naked, much to his mortification.
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero: A brief gag has Naofumi and Raphtalia find Princess Melty's clothes scattered around the sleeping Filo's giant bird form. At first, they assume Filo ate her, but then they discover a naked Melty sleeping in Filo's feathers. Melty says Filo's feathers are so warm that she had to sleep with them touching every part of her.
  • Safehold: Cayleb prefers to sleep in the nude, which results in an Inconvenient Summons in the first novel when Merlin knocks on his cabin door. This is possibly a reflection of his practical nature and the Charisian climate — later in the series, when he spends a couple novels in the much colder Siddar City, he wears pajamas.
  • The protagonist of Things Not Seen seems to. At the very least, in the opening scene he goes back to bed naked after seeing that he's become an Invisible Streaker and assuming that he's still dreaming.
  • The title character in Sara Paretsky's V.I. Warshawski novels.
  • Wereling (2009) begins with protagonist Trey waking up in his trashed bedroom. He's naked, which confuses him because he never follows this trope normally. As we soon learn, he had his first transformation the previous night.
    • In the third book he also climbs into bed naked after a transformation, but he's got too much on his mind to actually fall asleep.
  • The Wheel of Time: Common among the Aiel Proud Warrior Race, the frigid nights in their homeland notwithstanding. Their taboos fall along different lines than nudity, so when they muster to repel a nighttime attack, many fight with their spears, their battle veils, and nothing else.
  • Near the end of Winter Of Fire by Sherryl Jordan, the protagonist wakes up her male friend after having a "Eureka!" Moment:
    I pulled off his furs and blankets, realised he slept naked, and threw him his trousers.
    "Wake up!" I cried, pulling at his arms. "There's something I want us to do!"
    He stared at me vaguely, half-asleep. "I can't, lionheart," he mumbled, trying to cover himself. "I've a wife—"

    Live-Action TV 
  • Altered Carbon: In "Fallen Angel", Poe brings Prescott to meet Kovacs in his room, only to find out he's sleeping in the nude, giving her a Naked First Impression. He doesn't bother covering himself and she keeps her eyes on his face, and only Poe is affected, trying nervously tries to use briefcase to cover Kovacs.
  • Are You Being Served?: In "Camping In," Ms. Brahms tries to turn down the offer of pajamas since she never wears anything in bed. Mrs. Slocombe insists that she wear them, asking what if there were a fire and Ms. Brahms had no clothes on. ("Oh, I'd be first to be recued!")
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: This trope is Implied pretty much every time that we see Angel or Spike in bed.
  • Chuck:
    • Morgan Grimes sleeps "el buffo." A fact which Chuck forgets to warn Ellie and Awesome about when he briefly stays at their apartment...
    • In "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad", when the Cat Squad crashes at Chuck's apartment, Carina decides to go to sleep in Morgan's bed while completely naked, causing him to Freak Out once he wakes up.
  • The Crown: Prince Philip (Matt Smith) apparently prefers to sleep this way leading to an awkward moment when his father-in-law, King George VI, wakes him up early so they can go hunting together.
  • Death in Paradise: Richard sleeps in full, long-sleeved pyjamas in The Shack. Unsurprisingly, the heat is unbearable for him even at night. When Camille comes to pick him up in the morning, she makes a suggestion:
    Camille: You should try sleeping naked... I do.
  • On Desperate Housewives, Orson starts Sleepwalking due to guilt, which is more awkward because of this trope.
  • Rita Farr in Doom Patrol. It's actually justified since she reverts to her Blob Monster state every time that she's not focused on literally keeping herself together.
  • Inverted in Euphoria, where protagonist Rue keeps falling asleep in her clothes because she's too high to bother undressing.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond In "Fighting In-Laws", Warren mentions that he likes to sleep "au natural". Since he's sleeping in Ray and Debra's bed, he tests out their pillow by putting it between his thighs: "This'll be great for my hip." A few scenes later, when Ray can't sleep, he tells Debra:
    Ray: You know if you listen real careful, you can hear my pillow screaming.
  • Family Feud: Several times through the years, a question asking a variant of "What do wear when you sleep?" Every time, "nothing"/"in the nude" was one of the responses... including the first time it was asked during the original Richard Dawson era. The question "Name something people do while naked" also has been asked (several times through the years), with "sleep" as an answer.
  • Forever: In "Skinny Dipper" Henry's excuse to Lieutenant Reece for turning up naked in the East River is that he's a sonambulist (sleepwalker) and he sleeps naked.
  • Friends: Joey wakes Chandler up with his loud snoring so Chandler goes into Joey's room to roll him over (which Monica suggested as a way to make him stop). As Joey's blanket slips off Chandler is horrified to learn that his roommate isn't wearing any clothes.
    Chandler: NO NO! NO NO N-N-N-N-NO! (covers his eyes with his hand) You're going to a clinic! You're going to a clinic...and a pajama store!
  • The Good Doctor: Dr. Morgan Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann). One episode had Dr. Park barging into her room in the morning causing her to have a Naked Freak-Out.
  • iCarly: When Freddie gets more freedom after his mother becomes obsessed with caring for Lewbert, one of the things he does is tell the girls he slept with his socks on. Just his socks. Cue their disgusted reactions.
  • Inspector Morse: In "The Daughters of Cain" the police, trying to find out whether Kay Brooks might have been away from her fiance for part of the night, ask him how she was dressed when she woke him the following morning. He replies that she wasn't, but that's what he'd expect since they don't wear anything in bed.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Mick Rory sleeps in this manner. In the season 3 episode "Necromancing the Stone", Wally discovers this the hard way when he gets Mick out of bed for a briefing.
  • Lucifer (2016): If he's not wearing silk pajamas then Lucifer will sleep completely naked. Season 5 episode "Daniel Espinoza: Naked and Afraid" reveals that Dan also likes to sleep in the nude, a habit that gets him in trouble multiple times over the course of the episode.
  • Mock the Week: The round was Wheel of News and the subject was "Burglary". Andy Parsons contribution was to admit to sleeping nude as a tactic should he be burgled, as it would be more intimidating than confronting the burglar in "Paisley pyjamas."
  • NCIS: Played for Laughs twice in "Minimum Security" in separate incidents:
    • Tony DiNozzo is revealed to sleep in the nude in an embarrassing and comedic incident where Gibbs and Kate rush into his room with guns drawn upon hearing him scream, only to find a naked DiNozzo yelling at an iguana that snuck in. He only notices his state of undress after Kate gets an eyeful and teasingly winks at him, causing him to cover himself with a chair.
    • Later in the episode, Ducky and Abby are talking about perfumes, and he mentions his dislike for Chanel No. 5. because the Marilyn Monroe ad convinced his mom to always sleep naked, much to his discomfort.
      Ducky: I don't see Chanel No. 5.
      Abby: Does anyone wear that anymore?
      Ducky: My mother does.
      Abby: Really.
      Ducky: Ever since Marilyn Monroe confessed that Chanel No. 5 was all she wore to bed.
      Abby: So... does your mother...
      Ducky: Unfortunately, yes. Makes for terribly awkward slumber parties.
  • One Tree Hill: "Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said the Last Time I Saw You" shows that Alex sleeps naked, even when she has to share a bed with Josh, with her casually tossing her bra at him. Due to him being gay, he's only mildly annoyed by it.
  • The Parkers: Nikki, Kim and some other sorority pledges are tasked to sneak into Professor Ogilvy's place at night and take a picture of him in his underwear. Upon glancing under the covers, Nikki reports that he isn't wearing any. They just take a picture of him in bed, Modesty Bedsheet still in place, to prove that they were there.
  • Mentioned in, of all things, Pee-wee's Playhouse. When Pee-Wee invites all his friends for a sleepover at the Playhouse, Cowboy Curtis (young Laurence Fishburne!) shyly admits to Pee-Wee that he doesn't have any pajamas because "I sleep in the nude." Pee-Wee uses his weekly wish from Jambi the Genie to give Curtis some western-themed jammies just for the occasion.
  • Profit: Jim Profit regularly sleeps naked in a cardboard box, just like the one he was raised in by his abusive father.
  • Schitt's Creek: Mayor Roland Schitt sleeps naked every night, something the horrified Moira finds out at the Municipalities Conference.
  • In Scrubs, JD has been known to sleep nude. This is very unfortunate when the Janitor moves his bed out on the road, with JD still in it.
  • Shameless, young Ian Gallagher walks in on Kevin sleeping in the nude. Ian's lingering gaze is the audience's first cue that Ian is gay.
  • Smallville: In "Crusade", Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) wakes up naked in her bed after touching a symbol on a tomb and passing out, with a Modesty Bedsheet barely covering her waist.
  • Stargate Atlantis: In "Duet", a female marine ends up Sharing a Body with McKay's by accident and she takes control of it without his permission several times, with one of things she does is going to sleep in the nude.
  • Played for Laughs in Storm Chasers. Byron has to share a hotel room with Sean at one point due to lack of funds, and is deeply reluctant because There Is Only One Bed. After Sean is out of earshot, he explains to the cameraman, "Sean sleeps naked." Thankfully Sean puts a division pillow between them on the bed.
  • Supernatural: In "Red Sky at Morning", Sam questions how Bela can do such horrible things for money.
    Sam: How do you sleep at night?
    Bela: In silk sheets, rolling naked in money.
  • One episode of That '70s Show makes a Running Gag of it. Red is forced to wake up Eric in the middle of the night and is disgusted when he answers the door wrapped in nothing but a blanket. (Eric later admits to his friends that yeah, he does this for the exact reason that they suspect.) The episode ends with Red loudly waking him up again and saying that he's going to keep doing this until Eric starts wearing clothes to bed.

    Music Videos 
  • The music video for Amber's "Sexual (Li Da Di)" implies this. It shows the singer taking all her clothes off and then laying in her bed covering herself with Modesty Bedsheet before deciding to seduce her neighbor who she was sharing flirty looks with in the opening scene.
  • The music video for Roxette's "Stars" opens with vocalist Marie Fredriksson waking up and covering herself with Modesty Bedsheet before getting dressed by her maids in the following scene.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible: Implied in the Song of Songs 5:3 when the Shulamite hears the Beloved knocking on her door late at night and she is thinking, "I have taken off my robe — how can I put it back on?"

    Video Games 
  • In Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Gonta Gokuhara, who was Raised by Wolves, tells Kaede that he learned to sleep naked in the forest because he can't sleep comfortably in clothes. But since Gonta is obsessed with being a gentleman, he pledges not to do this anymore after Kaede says it's not very gentlemanly.
  • The opening cutscene of Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball introduces Helena sleeping naked in her bed.
  • Fate/Grand Order:
    • In the "Dead Heat Summer Race!/Death Jail Summer Escape" event, seductress Medb claims she only wears "Gabrielle No. 5" to bed, which is a Shout-Out to Marilyn Monroe famous quote of wearing "five droplets of Chanel No. 5" and "nothing else" to bed.
    • The second opening of "Cosmos in the Lostbelt" saga shows Mash Kyrielight/Shielder sleeping in the buff before awakening, a sheet preserving her modesty only being held up by her large chest. It can also be inferred that, since any other sleepwear she's been shown to wear are hospital gowns, Mash might sleep in bed nude normally.
  • Angela of Trials of Mana is strongly hinted to sleep in the nude when you visit the inn. In fact if she's not your main character, it's possible to stumble across her at the inn at Jigrad, where she'll call you a pervert if you disturb her when playing as any of the male characters.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: According to her gossipy employee, Isha the Gerudo jeweler sleeps wearing nothing but accessories.


    Western Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Three Girls and a Little Wharfy", Gene attempts to go to school naked because it's Pajama Day at school and he slept without wearing any clothing the previous night. Naturally, his parents veto the idea because they know that there's no way the school or the public will allow him to be naked and make him wear his regular set of pajamas.
  • Joked about in one episode of Camp Lazlo, where Edward needed to share a bedroll with one of the other campers. He initially got comfortable in Lazlo's bedroll and thought that he was wearing comfy pajamas. Cue the next shot when he's hugging his knees in a corner like a traumatized child.
  • Disenchantment: King Zøg's diminutive royal cape-bearers Vip and Vap sleep in the buff.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Played for laughs in the episode "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000". Rainbow Dash barges into Fluttershy's bedroom and pulls off her bed-covers, and Fluttershy blushes and covers herself up as though she had been caught sleeping nude — in spite of the fact that as ponies they don't usually wear clothes at all.
    • In "Uncommon Bond", Starlight wakes up her friend Sunburst in the middle of the night and he quickly covers himself up with blankets and shyly asks Starlight to leave the room for a bit so he can get dressed. This one's somehow funnier in that Sunburst does wear clothes... but his "clothes" are mostly just a single cape and nothing else (though the cape does cover up most of his body).
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Implied in one episode, where Heffer and Filburt get a video of Rocko half-asleep and wandering downstairs for a glass of milk in the nude. Or wearing a censor bar, depending on the joke.
  • In early seasons of The Simpsons, Marge Simpson was often shown nude in bed. Later seasons tend to put her in a nightgown.
    • Homer Simpson does this in "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace" in an effort to emulate Thomas Edison.
      Homer: [stripping off his pajamas and tossing them out the window] No more lousy pajamas! From this day forward, I am an inventor!
      Man: [from the sidewalk] Do us a favor. Invent yourself some underpants!
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Implied in the episode "Plankton!". When the mind-controlled SpongeBob breaks into Squidward Tentacle's house, the perpetually pantsless octopus isn't wearing a shirt and his lower body is covered with the blanket. This is further supported by commentary for the episode revealing that Squidward was originally supposed to appear naked in one scene. Squidward wears pyjamas in pretty much every other episode where he's shown sleeping.
  • In Star vs. the Forces of Evil, the episode "Jannanigans" opens with Tom sleeping over at Marco's house and floating over the bed. We don't see him below the waist, but the reactions from Star and Marco (who are looking up at him) implies that this trope may be in effect.
  • Steven Universe: After accidentally possessing Lars' body while they were both asleep, Steven gets out of bed and finds that Lars went to sleep naked, with a questionable magazine draped over his face. He quickly huddles into a corner and grabs some clothes off the floor to keep himself from seeing Lars' privates.
  • In the Total Drama Island episode "If You Can't Take the Heat...," a subplot is that the other Killer Bass boys systematically steal all of Harold's clothes to punish him for leaving his dirty laundry around the cabin. This eventually leads to him sleeping naked (except, oddly, for shoes and socks). The others prank him by moving his bed outside onto the dock as he sleeps, only for him to wake up while everyone else is enjoying the lake.
  • Trese: Nova Aurora was seen dropping her Modesty Towel after coming out of her bath without even dressing the moment she reaches her bed.
  • In the Xiaolin Chronicles epsiode "Chase Lays An Egg" Badass Adorable Ping Pong reveals that he sleeps in the "Fantastique!" by flashing Kimiko at the breakfast to her disgust. Fortunately, Ping Pong is just being Innocently Insensitive instead of perverted.

    Real Life 
  • Truth in Television: studies have shown there are health benefits to sleeping nude, which is one of the reasons even people who don't fall into the category of Home Nudist sometimes choose to. And if it's really hot, it might be too uncomfortable to sleep clothed.
  • The Royal Marines actually require you to sleep naked—specifically, you walk from the showers to your bed wearing nothing but sandals, and are locked in at light's out. The point is to keep people from going AWOL, which is that much harder if you have to sneak out in the buff.


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"Adult" Pajamas

Erica is researching what kind of sleepwear everyone wears because she wants pajamas that feel "adult", and is shocked to find out Angelica doesn't wear anything to bed at all. Erica concludes that's the most "adult" way of sleeping of all.

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