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Infrared Pajamas?

Colby McCoy
Written by Colby McCoy

Far Infrared (FIR) has been lauded for its numerous health benefits in previous academic studies, including its ability to enhance recovery times by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, moderating sleep as well as aiding blood flow [1].

The energy has been utilized in numerous products and now is making an appearance in clothing in the form of FIR pajamas. In order to deliver the purported benefits of FIR energy to wearers, bioceramic-infused fabrics are utilized, according to Runners World. One way to tell that we have entered the FIR-era in sports recovery is equipment in cutting-edge gymnasiums, which now offer FIR saunas and other treatments.

In 2017 Under Armour collaborated with legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady to create a line of recovery-wear using the bioceramic-infused fabric technology, including pajamas. Describing the FIR apparel, Under Armour says:

“Far Infrared is a type of energy on the infrared spectrum that has several benefits for the human body. Our goal was to harness it even when you’re resting. The soft bioceramic print on the inside of the garment absorbs the body’s natural heat and reflects Far Infrared back to the skin.”

The sleepwear is available in both men’s and women’s sizes and comes in a range of colors and cuts, giving wearers a little flexibility. It is worth noting that Under Armour’s FIR sleepwear commands a steep price tag, $66.75 for a pair of women’s recovery shorts and $89.99 for a short sleeve t-shirt for men.

Needless to say, it is recommended that prospective shoppers explore FIR technology and its reported benefits before springing for a pair of these pajamas.

“First and foremost, the feel of these PJs is just what you’d want in sleepwear — soft with enough room and breathability to feel comfortable lounging and sleeping in for the night,” ESPN’s Amy Schlinger concluded in a review of the Brady sleepwear line.

“If you’re an athlete always looking for a competitive edge, or you’re a person who is aware of and willing to invest time and money into your wellness and recovery methods, then I’d say these pajamas would be worth it,” she said.

If the price tag feels steep, you are probably not alone. Sadly, the number of brands offering recovery wear utilizing FIR technology is quite limited, with Under Armour leading the pack in virtually every metric. That is not to say clothing lines like this will not exist in the future, but for now Under Armour appears to be the only player on the block.

Ultimately, Brady’s endorsement of FIR recovery wear will be enough for many folks to give it a shot. Afterall, a good pair of FIR pajamas is one especially important part of the NFL quarterback’s routine.

 

References

  1. Shui, Shanshan et al. “Far-infrared therapy for cardiovascular, autoimmune, and other chronic health problems: A systematic review.” Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.) 240,10 (2015): 1257-65. doi:10.1177/1535370215573391

 

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