Chances are we’ve all gone to bed, waking up either sweaty or miserable in the middle of the night. Most of us don’t realise that our bedding could be the culprit.
Reason why it is essential that you these 5 things in mind when purchasing your bed sheets to help you sleep better.
1. Natural, toxin-free materials:
Truth is your body breathes better with natural fibres. Be it organic cotton or hemp, there’s enough reason to buy a sheet set that does you good than any harm. Polyester and other materials not only make your body hot but are cloaked in a variety of chemicals that lead to acne, wheezing and a host of respiratory disorders including asthma among others. Volatile Organic Compounds found in petrochemical products have an adverse effect on your body.
To stay away from these, opt for GOTS certified organic cotton sheets which are well worth the small premium.
If you get hot too much too often, chances are you’re sleeping on a multitude of dark colours. Opt for pastels or neutrals that leave your body calmer and your mind in peace before hitting the sack.
Most people don’t understand that cotton itself is divided into a number of weaves. Weave refers to the way the threads are intertwined in crafting a sheet.
While Sateen has a luxurious feel and has a slight pearlescent sheen, percale is cool and crisp.
As a matter of fact sateen feels lovely in both warm and cold climates. However by culture, most in the western part of the world use Sateen more often than Percale while people in India by tradition use more percale.
4. Fiber properties and yarn
Did you know that sheets made of short, brittle fibers (read multi-ply sheets) feel coarse and brittle? The perfect analogy would be sandpaper. On the other hand, sheets with long-staple fibers in a single-ply yarn always, always feel heavenly because they’re smoother and longer. This also means that your sheets won’t pill unlike shorter fibres.
Do ask your retailer about whether your sheets are single-ply or multi-ply yarn.
5. Thread Count:
Don’t get fooled by this term for it most certainly means incorrect things to buyers. Thread Count is simply a measure of the number of threads weaved in a square inch and not the quality of the sheets. Most retailers inflate and put these out as 900 and 1200 TC which is nothing but a bluff.
A single-ply yarn sheet with 300 TC will feel much softer and lustrous than a fake 900 TC one.
Now that you have these handy questions to shoot to your salesperson, you’re bound to find the perfect bed.