A nightshirt is typically a large and oversized shirt that one sleeps in at night. Often times, it’s a worn out shirt, made with inexpensive and light material that is “breathable.” Women often wear nightshirts on their own, with no pants to accompany the shirt. However, men typically will wear a favorite old t-shirt or sweatshirt, along with shorts or boxers. Although what one wears to be is ultimately about comfort, there is something to be said for the fact that women may typically just wear a nightshirt because it resembles a dress, whereas men wear both a nightshirt and shorts or boxers, perhaps in a conscious or subconscious effort not to appear to be wearing a dress. Nightshirts can be made out of sleeveless, short-sleeved, or long-sleeved shirts. For many people, the choice of nightshirt may depend upon the season or at least, the outside or inside temperature.
For men and women who enjoy sleeping in a cold room, a long-sleeved shirt may be the most comfortable, because it will allow an individual to curl up the under covers and get warm, while also having a refreshing layer of cold air above and around them. However, the same could be said about wearing a short-sleeved or even sleeveless nightshirt, if someone tends to get hotter more easily, and would rather have no sleeves that could possibly overheat them. For men and women who enjoy sleeping in a warm room, a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt may be the most comfortable, because it will allow an individual to stay cool under the sheets, while also having a warm and cozy layer of air above and around them.
The funny thing about nightshirts is that, someone could probably write a dissertation on what different types and styles say about an individual’s personality. Are they naturally hot? Are they naturally cold? Do they like certain fabrics? Have they worn the same New York Giants jersey to sleep in since junior high or high school? Alternatively, do they randomly choose shirts to sleep in at night that have little or no sentimental value, and just go for the comfort factor?