When I first met my husband, Luke, the fact that he slept in the buff every night was one of the quirky and endearing things that attracted me to him. But now that we’re both in our 40s, with 5-year-old twins in the house, his lack of nighttime attire had me worried that we were just inches (or like, 8 inches, haha) away from a hallway encounter that would scar the kids for life.
So when I heard that Tom Brady—you know, five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the New England Patriots and the guy who goes to bed with Gisele every night—was coming out with his own line of sleepwear, my mind went to work.
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Luke’s love for Tom Brady knows no bounds. My husband loves TB more than little girls love the movie Frozen. His love for the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) often crosses the line from fandom to bromance. I knew that if anyone’s shorts could get my hubs to cover up, it would be Tom’s shorts. (Try these 7 simple tricks to get what you want from anyone, not just your sleepwear-challenged partner.)
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When the Under Armour TB12 Athlete Recovery Sleepwear came in the mail, Luke admired the sleek boxes the pajama top and shorts were packaged in, and balked at the price tag ($99.99 for the tshirt, $79.99 for the shorts). Still, that night he came to bed dressed, not in his birthday suit, but in Mr. Brady’s unmentionables.
The first thing I thought was—wow, he looks pretty hot! The pajamas were a soft, thin material, and the Henley top really accentuated all the right parts. Luke mentioned that he would actually want to wear the shirt as daywear.
Under Armour says Tom Brady’s sleepwear uses “far infrared” energy to help muscles recover from exercise more quickly. The “soft bioceramic print” on the inside of the PJs is supposed to take in your body heat while you sleep, then reflect infrared waves back to your skin. David Greuner, MD, cardiovascular surgeon of NYC Surgical Associates, told me that although the science behind far infrared clothing hasn’t been definitively proven, there’s also no harm in trying it.
“Thermal radiation, which is infrared, has been used for decades to treat discomforts or diseases,” Greuner says. “The oldest use is saunas. It’s a way to emit energy in a therapeutic way.” He explained to me that infrared is not a beam of light like you see in a sci-fi movie, but rather a spectrum of energy.
In fact, as an avid runner who logs 40 miles a week, Gruener plans to try the recovery sleepwear himself, which was recommendation enough for me! I was eager to see if the PJs worked for Luke. Could the clothing really “help the body rebuild itself?” Or, more importantly for me, would Luke actually keep these on?
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When I asked my hubs when was the last time he owned pajamas, he told me it might have been as a kid, so this was a momentous occasion. During the night, I noticed a few things, mainly that Luke was snoring a lot more than usual. It was working—TB’s PJs had lulled Luke into deep, REM levels of sleep. (If you’re trying to get more of that yourself, try these 6 tricks that will turn you into one of those people who can fall asleep in minutes.) As my hubs blissfully dreamt of being stranded on a desert island with Tom (I assumed), I jotted down a few notes for this story and went back to bed.
The next morning over breakfast, Luke told me that he felt “strangely relaxed.” He wasn’t sure if it was the pajamas, or the IDEA of the pajamas, but I also had to admit he looked more well-rested than usual.
I wish I could say from that day forth, Luke wore his new PJs more faithfully than he watches every minute of every single Patriots game. But alas, old habits die hard. Even though the Athlete Recovery Sleepwear left my husband feeling more well rested, it just may not be his thing to have anything between him and his sheets. I guess, for some, nude is just more natural. Still, we both agreed that the second best thing to being in your own skin was being in Tom Brady’s pajamas.