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I have, in the past, slept in all my layers if the weather dipped below the temperature rating of my bag. As with many things, I've been told that I am "doing it wrong;" moisture from my clothing has been reducing the efficiency of my down bag. Ergo, naked might have been better.
But I was recently intrigued by a professional thru-hiker's defense of clothing usage--he wore clothing layers to bed on cold nights, but did it with a twist; he wore his wool clothing next to his body, then used his pack liner (a trash compactor bag) to cover his lower body and ultra-light, not particularly breathable, raingear to cover his upper body before getting into his bag. That way, he suggested, the layers that still functioned while wet minimally affected the function of the down.
He obviously wasn't suggesting that soaked clothes be worn--but the moderately sweaty clothes that come from hiking.
Of course, I'd prefer not to bring trail funk into my sleeping bag at all. It's just that I own a 32 degree bag and didn't want to spring for another down bag before my upcoming late summer/early fall hike of the John Muir Trail. (I have friends that would like to change my trail name to "Cheap B******").
I hope you will give me as much thought and feedback as has gone into the neverending "pooping in the woods" thread!!