What are the best sheets for night sweats?
Night sweats can be the arch-nemesis of a good nights sleep. Brought on by a hot summer, finicky furnaces, or even menopause, drenched sheets in the morning are never any fun. If this is happening to you, you’re probably on the lookout for solutions to your sweating sorrows.
The fact is, that different types of bedding have a big impact on your level of nightly perspiration, and the over all comfort level of your bed, if you do sweat a lot. Changing your style of sheets can be a way to improve your sleep and negotiate undesired sweating.
One of the first key factors to look in new sheets is the thread count. Thread count refers to the number of threads packed into each inch of the fabric, therefore the higher the thread count, the denser the material will be. High thread count makes for durable, luxurious sheets, but also means that the material will be less air-permeable, and thus tend to generate conditions that lead to sweating more easily. To keep things aired out, try getting 300 or less thread count sheets. The lower density of threads makes for easier airflow and dryer sleeping environment.
The next thing to consider is the type of fabric employed. In general, natural fabrics are going to win out over manmade materials. This means cotton, silk, and rayon will do better in general then polyester. Wool is a good for moisture control in clothing, but with its rough surface, probably not a good choice for sheets!
Having chosen the fabric, you then want to consider the type of weave. Flannel, being fuzzy and warm, is commonly laid down in winter months, so if you’re having sweaty nights, probably avoid this.
Satin gets the reputation of being good at moisture control, keeping the body cool and its sleek surface allowing the body to slid and be free amongst the sheets, without being tangled up in a hot sweaty mess. Satin is usually made from silk or polyester.
Sateen, the cousin of satin, is essentially satin that is made from cotton. This makes it a good choice for the night sweats, combining the cool, silky weave of satin and the soft, air permeable, moisture absorbing qualities of cotton. Sateen is more durable then satin.
Percale is another good option, providing a cool to the touch weave, though more prone to wrinkles then other sheets.
If none of these options work, you might want to try getting a double layered sheet specifically designed to wick moisture from high-sweating individuals. Using dual fabric types allows for high performance wicking combined with tolerable texture for comfortable sleep.
Whatever your case, no one deserves to suffer in a sweating situation. Examine your bedding situation, and consider implementing any of the mentioned changes to improve your sleep.
No, it’s not a robber in your basement, it’s merely your washing machine’s next stage of evolution – fledgeling attempt to ambulate across the room. And of course, it sucks to hear the buzz of the dryer, go and open the door, and be greeted with a tangled mass of fabric still damp in the middle. Thankfully, this need not be a repeating problem; in fact, just a few points of laundry 101 can help reduce the dreaded sheet-ball phenomena.
1.Make sure there is adequate room in the dryer. Do not overfill.
As you’ve probably noticed, the dryer tends to be less effective the fuller it gets. Aside from lowering the air/clothing ratio, having more items in the dryer mean the sheets won’t be able to flop around as freely, increasing their chances of getting tangled up with other clothing. This is even more an issue if you have larger sheets.
Yes this may mean more quarters spend on laundry, or more natural gas used to dry up your kingsize silken bedding, but spinning the load again is going to cost you the same as splitting it up into smaller, more manageable loads first.
2.Toss a small object like a tennis ball into the dryer with the sheets.
My mom always put a shoe in the dryer when we washed our sleeping bags. The logic was that the shoe would break up clumps of down and result in a properly fluffed sleeping bag at the end of the cycle. Well, a shoe is probably a bit more rough on your clothing then necessary, but a tennis ball or similar object will do just fine. The ball will knock the sheet around and should help prevent it from folding in on itself.
3.Make sure the sheet is untangled before you put it in the dryer.
This may seem obvious, but do you simply throw the damp mass of clothing from the washer straight into the dryer without a second thought? I know I do this.
The fact is, that the dryer could have a hard time undoing the twists imparted by the washing machine (can silk sheets be machine washed?), leading to less then satisfactory drying. In order to prevent this, when you’re removing your sheets and other large fabrics from the washer, take a moment to open them up, untwist them, and separate any other bits of clothing that may be stuck to them. When you put it in the dryer, take care to avoid folding or twisting up the sheet, so that it can turn and tumble as freely as possible.
To summarize, the moral of the story is to reduce the load, so that you don’t have to recycle the dryer. And throw in a tennis ball. Because who doesn’t like having a ball between the sheets?:)
If you’re looking into purchasing new sheets, it’s a good idea to check out the options available to you. Are you a hot sleeper? Cool sleeper? Different types of sheets have their own unique strengths. In my family, winter usually meant throwing on the warm fuzzy flannel sheets, while summer brought with it the thin, basic cotton variety.
If you’re leaning towards the sleek, silky smoothness of satin sheets, you might be wondering if sweat will be a issue. Maybe you’re prone to night sweats, going through menopause, or just wonder if the shiny surface of good satin sheets makes them prone to sweaty nights (not to mention romance induced fervor..)
The word satin itself refers to the type of weave, and can be made from a variety of different fabrics, with cotton, polyester, and silk being the most common. In the 12th century, silk was first exported to Europe via the Arab countries, largely from a port in China called Zeyton by the Arabs. The name “Zeyton” made its way to Europe and became the ‘Satin’ we know today. Being made of expensive silk and having a high thread count (thread count measures the quantity of threads used per inch, and thus overall fineness of the fabric), satin was reserved for the families the wealthy and royals. This ‘royal’ and luxurious aura of satin still persists to this day.
Setting aside the satin weave, silk itself has had a longstanding reputation for possessing unparalleled wicking qualities and thus providing sweat-proof warmth, which explains its history of being used to make the best quality cold weather long underwear. These properties make silk satin sheets good bet for preventing sweat related issues in bed.
Looking at satin woven of cotton or polyester, we see some of the same principles at play. Cotton, though not as good as silk, is known to be very absorbent. Polyester though very durable and inexpensive, isn’t known for being as absorbent. That being said, many online reviews indicate that even polyester satin helped them avoid over sweating.
If sweat is a concern, another good thing to consider is the impacts of thread count. Although a high thread count makes for a very sleek look, when taking into account the presence of sweat, a lower thread count means that there are more minute gaps between the threads, which will allow for greater airflow, and thus reduce moisture build up. Satin pillowcases could be helpful for this increased airflow.
To summarize, silk satin sheets can provide sweat-proof warmth. Polyester satin can help protect against sweat, and pure satin can as well. Satin sheets can be a great choice for a variety of seasons, but make sure to do your research regarding thread count, material choice, and consider your personal sleeping habits before investing in a good set of sheets!
By definition, a “pill” is a surface defect made up of a small ball of fibers. A pill starts to form when fibers rub against themselves or another surface. As agitation of the pill continues, a collection of fiber will appear as clinging balls. When sheets develop pills they can be unsightly and uncomfortable, causing your sheets to become scratchy. You can prevent pilling on organic cotton sheets or any type of cotton sheets by practicing proper care and by purchasing the right kind of sheets to begin with. Though nearly all fibers can experience pilling, cloths such as silk and linen are less likely to pill than others. 100 Cotton sheets and other types of delicate fabrics that go through long-term usage and repeated washings will experience frayed fiber endings that become tangled, leading to tiny knots or pilling that can pick up lint, dust, and other ripped and tangled fibers.
Any fabrics made from shorter fibers, such as cotton, will experience a higher likelihood of pilling. Cotton sheets that are made from a mixture of blended fabric, such as cotton-polyester, are more likely to pill than 100 cotton sheets. Shop for a 100% cotton sheet that is smooth to the touch. Try to avoid sheets that look thin or rough and those that contain polyester. A good investment would be Pima, Egyptian, or Supine Cotton. These fibers are high quality and won’t be easily knotted.
To prevent pilling, always wash your sheets in a short wash cycle and use gentle liquid detergent. A front load washer set horizontally is more gentle on the sheets than a top load washer with a spindle or agitator. Make sure to dilute the detergent and don’t overuse it as this can cause stiff and discolored fabric. Avoid hot temperatures when washing and drying as this can weaken the fibers. Stay away from using brighteners or bleach as this can also weaken the material. Add ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle as this will help prevent future pilling. Use the lowest heat setting when drying, although the best option would be to hang dry on a line. Store laundered sheets in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
If your sheets do start to pill, trim away the raised surface with a clothes shaver. A hardware store, online appliance distributor or a fabric store often stocks these hand-held shavers. A disposable razor has also been known to work and inexpensive to use. Just run the razor over the pills in short strokes while holding the fabric tight. You may find afterwards that your sheets look like new again with this simple technique! Also, you can look into purchasing bed sheet grippers to keep the sheets on the bed – though this is more of a secondary solution to pilling, and not as effective as using a clothes shaver.
By investing in high quality cotton sheets and following simple steps during the wash and dry process, you can prevent future pills and knots from ruining your sheets.
Satin material tends to have a high luster due to the high number of floats on the fabric. A float is measured like threads are in cotton. In other words, higher float counts mean higher quality. It’s one of the most common fabrics used to make bed sheets due to the superior luxury that it provides. Satin helps the skin to maintain its natural moisture making it ideal for a good nights sleep. Other fabrics, like cotton, actually absorb moisture from your skin leaving it dry and damaged. Satin bedding is perfect for all seasons due to its synthetic materials. Making the simple choice to switch to satin sheets and pillowcases can greatly improve the quality of your skin and hair. Choose from a variety of satin bedding, where we have many satin collections to choose from.
Sleeping on satin allows your face and body to be secretly moisturized so you wake up feeling more refreshed than ever before. It’s time to throw out your dry, boring cotton bedding and experience the luxury that satin will offer. It causes less stress on your skin than other fabrics, keeping your face soft with every slumber. Since satin doesn’t absorb moisture, any lotion products you apply before bed will stay on all night.
Our skin is composed of an important protein called collagen that provides elasticity and strength. Any repeated motion will result in extra loss of collagen. If you sleep with a cotton pillowcase long enough, those sleep lines that you wake up with will eventually hang around for good. Cotton absorbs the natural oils from our skin and hair which can enhance sleep lines and turn them into wrinkles over time. Satin is actually dermatologist recommended to prevent signs of aging and since satin doesn’t create the kinks that other fabrics do, it’s also perfect for keeping your hair manageable and soft. That is why a satin pillowcase is the ideal resting spot for one’s head.
Sleeping on satin bed sheets is like breathing fresh air. The comfort level surpasses all others and they are perfect for maintaining equal temperature throughout the night. If you are not already using sheets made of satin, your skin is truly missing out. This remarkable material preserves cleanliness as it doesn’t soak up sweat during the night, however, your skin will remain cool while you sleep decreasing your chance of sweating.
Satin doesn’t crease like cotton so your bed will always look like royalty, plus your face won’t crease either. It has a unique shine unlike other fabrics that can create a specific look for your bedroom. A high quality satin sheet will be easy to clean and last for many years. The multiple benefits of satin bedding should make you question why you aren’t sleeping on it already. Your skin will thank you for it!