Fun facts about pyjamas
Who doesn't like a pyjama day every now and then? It's the ultimate comfort that is a must on any chill out day. But what do you actually know about pyjamas? Here are some pyjama facts for you:
1. Why the name? The word “pyjama” has its origin in Hindi: "pae jama" or "pai jama," which is translated as "garment for the legs," and dates back to the Ottoman Empire of the 13th century.
2. Pyjamas originated in the Middle East. Pyjamas were originally made of lightweight cotton and were designed to keep people cool in hot climates.
3. Pyjamas used to be a luxury item. Back in the day, pyjamas were considered a luxury item and were only worn by the wealthy. In fact, it wasn't until the 20th century that pyjamas became more affordable and accessible to the general public.
4. Pyjamas can affect your sleep. Believe it or not, the type of pyjamas you wear can actually affect the quality of your sleep. For example, wearing synthetic materials can cause you to overheat, which can lead to restlessness and poor sleep. Opting for breathable materials like cotton or bamboo can help regulate your body temperature and improve your sleep quality. Pyjamas are of course not enough to provide a good night's sleep and you should also check your mattress, bedding and waterproof bed mats to protect your bedsheets.
5. Pyjamas can still be stylish. Who says pyjamas have to be boring? With so many different colours, patterns, and styles to choose from, pyjamas can be a fashion statement all on their own. From classic flannels to trendy satin sets, there's a pair of PJs for everyone!
6. Onesies originated in Japan. In the 1990s, a trend that gained popularity in Japan was the wearing of "Kigurumi" which translates to costumed characters. This trend became fashionable among the streetwear crowd and eventually spread to other parts of the world, slightly evolving to sleepwear, too. Nowadays, onesies are extremely popular and are worn as pyjamas by many!
7. Menswear and womenswear pyjamas were the same at first! From the early 1600s to the mid-1800s, nightshirt (or bed shirts) were very similar for both men and women. They had a folding collar and a deep neck opening in the front.
8. Footed pyjamas not just for kids? This style started out as something designed for adults, actually! The first versions were made by people sewing socks to the bottom of their pyjama bottoms. This wasn’t done just to keep their feet warm - it was to prevent bugs from nibbling on their toes.
Whether you prefer to sleep in cosy flannels or silky satin, one thing is for sure: pyjamas are the ultimate comfort. So go ahead and embrace the PJs life, because there's nothing better than getting a good night's sleep in your favourite pair of jammies. And don't forget to celebrate a pyjama day or have a pyjama party this year!
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