It is not a secret that sleep is important for overall health. A poor night's sleep leads to a nap during the day or an extra cup of coffee to shake the tiredness away. Although we can handle a few restless nights, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to more serious health concerns such as high blood pressure and weight gain. 70% of the world's population is experiencing poor sleep at least a few nights per week, according to a recent study conducted by Harvard University. Meditation, reducing screen time and introducing lavender fragrances into the bedroom are some remedies to tackle sleep problems. But not all of us give much thought to bedsheets and how they affect the quality of our sleep.
Softest Material for Bedding
You must be thinking about why the material of the bedsheet matters, as long as it looks good. But its importance increases if we think in this way, we spend about a third of our life in bed (roughly 8h each night) sleeping on our bedsheets. Following are some popular bedsheet materials:
Cotton: Cotton Bedsheets can be easily found in most stores and online. They are versatile and natural. Some popular varieties of cotton are American Upland, Pima, and Egyptian. Each cotton comes with different cotton fiber, which influences how it feels against the skin. Cotton is not the best insulator, so choose brushed cotton (flannel) sheets during the colder months. Some cotton has been brushed to give a fuzzier and softer texture, which will help to lock in heat and keep you feeling cosy at night.
Linen: Linen is widely recognized for being naturally luxurious. Although the first time you settle for a night of sleep, you feel that linen is a little rougher than cotton, it will soften up after every single wash. Linen is perfect for you, if you are suffering from allergies, linen has a natural pH balance, so even the most sensitive skin will find comfort in linen bedding, and it is also bacteria resistant. It is suitable for warmer climates, as the flax fiber from which linen is made is highly absorbent and breathable.
Egyptian cotton: It is widely known for being the best cotton in the world. Egyptian cotton is used in most luxury hotels due to its ability to maintain a fresh crispy feeling for a long time even after many washes. Extra-long fibers provide Egyptian cotton resistance to surface bailing, unlike other types of cotton. Before buying Egyptian cotton, you need to check the fingerprint and ensure that you are buying 100% Egyptian. Some manufacturers mix other cotton fibers with Egyptian cotton, so we need to pay close attention to that.
Poly-Cotton: It is made from a mixture of cotton and polyester. Although poly-cotton bedsheets feel soft on the skin, it is no match for natural materials such as cotton and linen. Poly cotton bedsheets are generally cheaper and tend to be wrinkle-free after washing and tumble drying, but they may not suit every lifestyle.