Would you make an amazing cake with the best ingredients and then slap some cheap, store-bought frosting on top? Of course not. But many people do this to their beds every day. They invest in a great mattress for sleep, and then use cheap bedding on top.
Here are tips to help you select the bedding that works best for the way you like to sleep.
What Types of Fabrics Are Best for Sleep?
It may not surprise you that the best bedding for sleep depends greatly on you and your specific needs. However, there are a few common factors you should keep in mind. If you've ever owned sheets or blankets that were scratchy, lumpy, pilled easily or were worn threadbare, you'll want to avoid that kind of bedding like the plague.
A lot of people find that combed Egyptian cotton sheets are the most comfortable for sleeping, and pima cotton is a similar alternative. The combing process is designed to remove impurities in the threads, ensuring a more consistent feel.
Do you prefer sateen or percale sheets? The term refers to a particular type of weaving for cotton. If you like the crisp feel of cotton, this may be the best choice for you. The softest sheets, however, are usually made from synthetic microfiber.
Should I Rotate Bedding Between Seasons?
Think of your bedding like a wardrobe for your mattress. When the temperature changes with the seasons – just as with your clothes – you need to switch out heavier bedding for lighter blankets and sheets. You might be all about the microfiber in January, but you'll find it sticky and uncomfortable once the mercury goes through the roof.
Experts recommend that you aim for bedding that helps to ensure a generally cool sleep environment to promote longer and better sleep. A very light comforter may be ideal in summer, but insufficient in winter.
Is a Higher Thread Count Better for Sheets?
Generally, the higher the thread count, the tighter the weave. However, only so many threads can possibly fit in one space. Once you start looking at high thread count sheets boasting 1,000 or higher, you should understand that they are probably just weaving two fabrics together at once.
Sheets with high thread counts can be more comfortable, but the material and the weave of the threads also affect the feel.
When Do I Need Special Bedding?
Most people can simply purchase mattress covers, pillows, sheets and blankets that feel good to them, and leave it at that. But people who suffer from night sweats or allergies should consider some additional options.
Many fabrics, such as Egyptian cotton, have wicking capabilities to help absorb sweat during the night. People who suffer from allergies should purchase covers for their mattresses and pillows to protect against dust mites and other allergens. You can get a down comforter that has been specially treated and constructed to avoid aggravating some of the common allergies to natural materials.
Your bedding preferences, like you, are one-of-a-kind. Make sure you make your selection based on what feels best to you for your best sleep possible.