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The pyjama-effect: Aussie researchers trace a link between working with pyjamas and poor mental health

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On one hand, where the pandemic had gotten the whole world upside down, the work from home (WFH) culture had taken the internet on the roll. From memes to sharing the WFH moments on the internet, people sought all the opportune moments to deal with the global crisis in a mood-light way. 

Amid all the dismay, however, one thing that gained tremendous popularity was Pyjama! While the clothing had been a go-to for so many around the world, the lockdown and WFH culture had gained it the status of ‘the new cool.’

But here’s research to your surprise that may make you think over slipping out of your PJs and hopping into something else, a clothing that is more put-together maybe. Australian researchers have established a link between working in the Pyjamas during the pandemic and deteriorating mental health.

On taking a look at the effects of wearing pyjamas while working, researchers found its astonishing association with recurrent reporting of poor mental health.

As per the study conducted by Australian researchers, 41% of people say that they experienced an enhancement in their productivity when working from home. However, more than one-third of the participants have reported a severe deterioration in their mental health.

Further, 59% of people who wore pyjamas at least once a week while working from home, admitted to experiencing a decline in mental health, as compared to 26% of those who did not wear pyjamas during the day.

Reportedly, researchers also suggest that clothing can have a significant impact on cognition and mental health. Here’s how they explained it: “Although we cannot determine whether wearing pyjamas is the cause or consequence of deteriorating mental health, appreciation of the effect of clothing on cognition and mental health is increasing, as it has been observed in hospitalized patients.”

It is also observed that if the patients are motivated to wear normal daytime clothes instead of pyjamas, it can add to their mental well-being and even decrease the effect of depression.

Researchers advise changing clothes before beginning the work with the view to lessen the negative effects that the pandemic restrictions have caused to our mental health.

They say, “The simple advice to get changed before beginning work in the morning might partially protect against the effects of Covid‐19 restrictions on mental health, and would be less expensive than the ‘fashionable’ sleep or loungewear gaining popularity as working from home becomes the norm.”

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