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Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining your health
Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining your health. It reduces stress, alleviates pain, reduces the chances of developing certain diseases, and improves your overall mental health. Even if you think you are sleeping a full eight to nine hours of sleep a night, you may not be getting quality rest to really reap the full benefits that deep sleep offers. And, your sheets may actually be to blame!
Without the right sheets, you could suffer a loss of sleep which could cause you to toss and turn all night long, keeping you awake and unrested. We all need sleep to energize and recharge, and good quality sheets can make a difference in how well rested you are in the morning. If you are waking up tired each and every morning, you may want to consider changing to a different sheet material, so you can get the rest your body so badly deserves.
Keep It Comfortable
One of the best ways to get a good night’s rest is to make sure that you are comfortable when you are in bed. Good quality sheets matter and can make the difference if you feel cozy, snug, and comfortable when you sleep.
Sheets that have a low thread count can be scratchy and prevent you from really falling into a deep sleep. You want to make sure that you have a set of high thread count sheets that feel luxurious, helping you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep all night long.
Adjust For Temperature
Your bed sheets can make the difference if you are too hot or too cold when you sleep. Depending on the material that your sheets are made from can determine how well they breathe. Sheets that are made from materials that don’t breathe well could cause you to sweat when you sleep as it traps heat in. This can make for an awful night’s sleep, leaving you cranky and tired in the morning.
You need to consider what type of sleeper that you are and invest in sheets that match your sleep habits. Hot sleepers will do well with Egyptian cotton or Pima sheets while a cold sleeper may need microfleece or flannel sheets to keep warm.
The climate that you live in can also affect your quality of sleep if you don’t use the right type of sheets on your bed. Hot and humid climate may need linen sheets to maintain comfort as these types of sheets can lower the body temperature by a few degrees for a more comfortable night’s sleep.
In cooler climates, linen sheets can also work well as they can also raise the body temperature, keeping you warmer throughout the night. This can often be a better choice than wool or silk to keep you warm and cool, respectively.
Your Sheets Matter
While there are several reasons that you need to choose a quality sheet set for your bed, you may not understand exactly what type of sheets can provide you with the most benefits.
Egyptian Cotton Sheets
A good option that works well for many people is Egyptian cotton sheets. These sheets are made from a long cotton fiber that uses very little splicing throughout the sheet, which makes for a softer and silkier sheet set.
Egyptian cotton is grown only in Egypt along the rich soil of the Nile River. There are several imposters of Egyptian cotton, but only sheets that use cotton from this region in Egypt can be labeled as true Egyptian cotton.
To make sure that you are buying authentic Egyptian cotton sheets, you need to look for a logo of a cotton plant within a black triangle that is stamped on the sheet package. Sheets without this symbol are not true Egyptian cotton and will not give you a comfortable night’s sleep as the real thing.
Another type of sheet material that can also make for a good night’s sleep is Pima cotton. This is a step down from Egyptian cotton sheets, but it is not as large of an investment to purchase them. Pima also uses long cotton fibers with reduced splicing for a soft and silky feel that can be quite luxurious to sleep on.
A cousin to Pima cotton is Supima. This type of sheet material is made from longer cotton fibers that are produced primarily in Texas. Supima is an affordable option for bedding sheets and is often used by hotels on their beds. They have a durable quality to them, like Egyptian cotton and Pima, and feel soft and comfortable as you sleep.
Buying the right type of sheets for your bed can make the difference in whether you have a restful or fitful night’s sleep. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good quality set of sheets from a fine fabric material that provides you a deep sleep each and every night. You deserve it!
Sebastian Morales is Founder and CEO of Good & Bed. Prior to Starting Good & Bed, Sebastian was an investment banker based in New York City.