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Are your sheets keeping you awake?

March 23, 2015

Sleep is a basic need that all of us require on a daily basis, yet it can be elusive at times. Many factors affect how well you sleep, such as your nighttime routine and the amount of caffeine you consume – but did you know that even your bed sheets can contribute to it, too? How well your sheets regulate your body temperature, the material they are made from and how well they fit your mattress can make or break your slumber.

Check: Your Body Temperature

Body temperature is the first thing that can make you uncomfortable while sleeping. No one likes to be too hot or too cold, and the type of sheet you sleep on greatly affects this. Before you can choose the right sheet, though, you need to recognize how your body temperature responds while you sleep. Do you often wake up sweating and need sheets that are breathable, or do you fluctuate between temperatures? According to the National Sleep Foundation, your room should be around 65 degrees to acquire the best sleep, but your individual preference may vary — the best way to find out is to try different temperatures and keep track of how well rested you feel the next day.

Check: The Fabric Label

With a plethora of fabrics to choose from, it is important to research how each type of fabric is made. Organic cotton sheets are the best types of sheets to use no matter how your body temperature fluctuates. They provide light and breathable comfort while maintaining your body’s temperature throughout the night, eliminating tossing and turning. Cotton sheets come in many styles to choose from like percale or sateen finishes. A cotton percale weave lays heavier against the skin, providing an ultra durable fabric choice that is great for keeping warm. Sateen finishes caress the skin with their lustrous feel and provide warmth with a soft, barely-there feel.

Check: A Correct Fit on the Mattress

Remember, fitted and flat sheets are not one-size-fits-all because they are not all made the same. Some fitted sheets are made to fit deep pocket mattresses while others are for standard pillow top styles only. Before you choose your next set, compare the manufactured size to your bed’s actual dimensions (width, length and depth). This comparison will save you from constantly pulling on sheets that are too small, or getting tangled up in sheets that are too large.

Because sleep is such a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, it is imperative you get enough of it. Something as simple as finding a great set of sheets can make all the difference in your slumber. If you know your nighttime temperature pattern, find the right material for your needs and make sure your sheets fit your mattress properly, you can rest assured you will get a great night’s rest.