When it comes to typical bedroom trimmings, nothing is more criticized than a bed skirt. Created with a variety of different fabrics and materials, bed skirts wrap around the bottom of the bed, hiding both the box spring and the bed frame from view. Although these accessories have the potential to really enhance the look and feel of a bedroom, they can often be difficult to put on and take off. In order to install a bed skirt for the first time, it’s necessary to take off the entire mattress and align the bed skirt just-so on top of the box spring so that the fabric hangs at equal length on all four sides. Then the process must be repeated when the skirt is taken off for washing. Not only is taking the entire mattress off the bed cumbersome and awkward, but aligning the bed skirt to hang in an attractive way is, more often than not, a tedious process. Some people even prefer to ditch a box spring bed entirely, opting for a wooden frame bed, so that they don’t even have to think about using a bed skirt.
But one company, Ashton, has thought up an innovative solution to this problem: They’ve created a unique bed skirt alternative that is far easier to remove and install than ever before. Instead of producing these trimmings from one big piece of fabric designed to be sandwiched between the mattress and the box spring, Ashton produces skinny panels of fabric that can be velcroed around the bottom of the bed. The result is a product that saves both your time and needless frustration. When you need to wash and iron an Ashton bed skirt, there’s no need to lift up the entire mattress to remove it. Just peel off the four velcroed tabs and place the panels in the washing machine: it takes two minutes. By removing the long sheet between the mattress and the box spring from their product, a piece called ‘the deck’ by designers, the Ashton company has found a very practical and simple solution for the the bed skirt conundrum. This product, known as the Ashton detachable skirt ensemble, is available in a variety of colors, from black and white, to muted grays and beiges and greens. It’s also possible to choose from a variety of drop lengths, so no matter if your bed is tall or short, you can take advantage of Ashton’s solution.
What is a bedskirt exactly, and what’s the point of one?
Why install a bed skirt in the first place? These accessories has always had a practical as well as aesthetic function. Bed skirts, also known as dust ruffles, were historically used to keep cold drafts out from underneath the bed back in the days where heating wasn’t always available in a home. These days, bed skirts are mainly used for keeping dust from accumulating under the bed (hence the secondary name ‘dust ruffles’,) as well as for beautifying design purposes. Bed skirts hide the under frame of the bed, including the metal legs, frame, and the box spring, giving a bed a more attractive appearance. Mixing and matching the color of the bed skirt with the color of the bedspread can also be used to enhance a look in the bedroom, coordinating a design as you see fit. Bed skirts are also available in two traditional styles: gathered and tailored. A gathered bed skirt is created with ruffled fabric that is sewn to create stylish folds and pleats. A tailored bed skirt is more simple, with straight and proper fabric, and no visible frills. Choosing a bed skirt depends on your taste, and on the effect you want to create in your bedroom. But whatever style you choose, when it comes to installing the bed skirt, the practical velcro bed skirts options created by Ashton can make things a lot easier for both your time and patience level.
In summer, satin sheets are cool to the touch and wick away moisture. In winter, they provide warmth without weight, making it easier to relax into a good night’s sleep. In spring and fall, they are the right choice for allergy sufferers.
Here’s the closer look at how, every season of the year, satin sheets deliver the comfort you need to get the sleep your body craves. There is also an overview of the different types of sheets and how to care for them.
Satin sheets, especially those made from silk, helping you stay snug in winter by keeping the warm air close to your body. That means you don’t need as many layers to stay comfortable and you avoid the pressure from a heap of sheets of blankets that can leave you fatigued and sweaty.
They are breathable, letting air to circulate and moisture to evaporate from your skin. These properties also make them the fabric of choice for people who experience night sweats.
In the hot temperatures of summer, satin sheets feel cool to the touch. The glossy surface feels refreshing to your body on the warmest days.
This surface also means they are less likely to create a tangle around your body, which traps heat and causes you to sweat. And satin pillowcases cause fewer tangles in your hair at night.
Fall and Spring Comfort
Fall and spring are allergy times for many people. Satin sheets made with silk fight dust mites, fungus and mold, leading causes of allergic symptoms. And allergy sufferers are less likely to react to silk than to other fabrics. Silk satin sheets are also made with fewer chemicals, which can cause allergic reactions.
Because they are light but drape easily over your body, satin sheets deliver the right amount of warmth during the more temperate nights in spring and fall.
That’s a roundup of good reasons to use satin sheets in your bedroom. But how do you select them and care for them? To help you choose, here is a look at the types of satin sheets available.
What Are Satin Sheets?
Satin sheets are made from a variety of materials. “Satin” refers to how it is made, not a specific fabric. The weave of these sheets uses silk, nylon or polyester fibers. Particular threads are carried to the top during the weaving with a process called floating.
These threads can actually reflect light, which is responsible for the sheen on satin. The end result is a shiny fabric that is soft and cool to the touch. Satin is sometimes confused with sateen, which uses a very similar process, but with cotton.
The most expensive satins are made with silk. Next in cost is satin from polyester or nylon. Others that are even less expensive use acetate and rayon, which are not recommended. Some sheets use a mix of silk and synthetics
How Do Different Fabrics in Satin Vary?
Satin sheets made from nylon, polyester and silk are the most durable and comfortable. Rayon and acetate are also in use, but are considered inferior for quality satin sheets. Look at the label on your sheets to determine which fabric is used.
It is also important to check the label to see if it says knitted. Never buy a set that says it has been knitted. This manufacturing process produces a glossy sheen, but the sheets are not considered true satin. More importantly, they aren’t comfortable for sleeping.
Here is an overview of the features of each of these three major fabrics.
Silk. For summer, silk has a definite advantage because it is breathable, unlike the synthetics. The sheets are strong and long lasting. Silk is the most expensive choice and also needs special handling when it comes time for laundering.
Be sure to check the care label for your silk satin sheets. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that your sheets will last for years. They can’t be put in the washing machine. Instead, they need to be washed by hand in cold water.
Silk definitely requires more care than standard sheets. Never put it in direct sunlight for long periods. That means you shouldn’t hang your silk satin sheets up to dry outside.
Nylon. Experts say nylon is a strong fabric and easy to clean in a washing machine on the normal setting. Use mild detergents that are made for sensitive fabrics. Check the makers care instructions before laundering.
You can also dry them in a dryer on the lowest setting. Never line dry because of damage from sunlight. Be aware that nylon sheets have a tendency to pill after washing. Nylon is better than acetate, so be sure to check labels carefully to be sure what you are buying.
Polyester. Polyester is a step up from nylon. It is very durable and easy to wash. Both polyester and nylon are shinier than natural silk when used in satin sheets.
These sheets can be washed in the washing machine, but you will get more wear if you hand wash them. This also prevents pilling. It is safe to dry them on the line outside. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
If you choose to iron your satin sheets, whatever the fabric, use a barrier cloth like a soft cotton towel. This prevents damage to the delicate fabrics, especially silk. A hot iron directly on satin sheets will burn the fabric.
Whatever the season, satin sheets deliver a comfortable, restful night’s sleep. You can choose the type that fits your budget and how much time you want to put into their care. They are comfortable, luxurious and last for years.
The news is full of Donald Trump stories. His latest insults, poll numbers, tweets, and brash announcements. How does all this effect regular people?
We wanted to see if all the hype about Trump is actually affecting regular people. To do so, we ran a survey of 400 Americans by using the crafty survey service Survey Monkey Audience. The results were astounding. Many people responded that the election results are affecting their ability to sleep well.
Which candidates are to blame for affecting most people’s sleep?
- 37% are losing sleep over Trump’s successful bid for the GOP nomination
- 22% are losing sleep over Hillary Clinton’s lead for the Democratic nomination
- Only 11% lose sleep over the fear of personal bankruptcy
Is this phenomenon of candidates having such an impact on the public mood unique to this election, or is this typical of all presidential elections? We asked Phil Cooper, a talk show host for NOLA who hosts the Phil Cooper show on Politics & Current Events. He said, “Trump’s candidacy is unique in the sense that he feeds off the media attention like no one else, giving him more attention than most candidates receive in a typical election cycle. However, the truth is that during every presidential election year where an incumbent is not running again, the endless hysteria and hype from both the candidates and the media will cause many people to be stressed out and have trouble sleeping as a result.”
We asked Phil how things are likely to turn out as the election continues. He responded, “Trump is very unpredictable, which makes people feel very vulnerable with him as the GOP candidate. But it also shows people feel very uncertain about the future, which is always a cause for them to feel worried and stressed.”
If you are worried about the election so far, what can you do to help yourself fall asleep faster? We asked participants to name some of their favorite tips. Some common responses:
- Turning off the TV 3 hours before bed time
- A warm bath just before getting into bed
- Drinking a warm tea 1 hour or less before going to sleep (no particular flavor)
- Choosing comfortable sheets
- An alcoholic drink
There are still a few months to go until the next president is elected. Hopefully we can all get some sleep before then, or at the very least, after it’s over.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, and all of them hurt. Whether you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or one of the other forms, bedtime can be one of the hardest times of the day.
Did you know that satin sheets can play a helpful part in getting a good night’s rest? It’s true. Here is a look at how arthritis affects the body and three ways that satin sheets can make your sleep time easier.
What Arthritis Does to Your Body
The one thing that all types of arthritis have in common is joint pain. The most common form, osteoarthritis, is caused by extended use of certain joints. This might be overuse from sports or other repeated motion, but usually it happens in seniors. Over the years, a lot of stress is put on your hips, feet, spine and knees just from daily living.
Rheumatoid arthritis is actually an autoimmune disease, one that attacks the joints. The inflammation can causes damage to any joint in the body.
The third most common type is psoriasis arthritis, which has inflammation not only of the joints but also of the skin. It often leads to swelling in toes and fingers, and sometimes one or both knees or the spine.
The inflammation and the swelling in all these types of arthritis lead to pain in the joints and trouble moving them. It is especially noticeable at the end of a long day before bed, and in the morning when trying to get out of bed.
This is a major problem because not getting quality sleep each night has a direct link to how much pain they felt the next day, according to studies published in the medical journal SLEEP. It has also been shown to increase the chances of depression.
That’s why it is so important to do whatever you can to improve your sleep if you are fighting the effects of arthritis.
How Satin Sheets Can Help
Satin sheets, which are also helpful for people who suffer from eczema and Parkinson’s disease, have a positive role to play for arthritis sufferers. Satin sheets made with silk have natural properties that alleviate some of the symptoms, making it easier to sleep and to get in and out of bed.
Here is a closer look at why investing in satin sheets can help you get a good night’s rest.
Sliding in and out. Getting in and out of bed can be a major production when you have arthritis. There is a great deal of leaning, bending and raising involved. To make it easier, take advantage of the fact that satin sheets are slippery. It makes it easier to slip into bed and slide out in the morning.
Warm. Warmth can help relieve joint pain. Getting cold in the middle of the night makes the pain worse, plus it is difficult for a person with arthritis to move around to get more covers or to turn up the heat. The benefit of satin sheets made from silk is that they are warm but breathable, even in cold weather.
Light. Satin sheets are light in weight. A person with painful joints wants to avoid a heavy duvet or comforter, or too many blankets. The extra weight puts added pressure on joints, increasing the pain.
If you are dealing with arthritis pain, consider buying satin sheets to make bedtime an easier experience.
Almost three-fourths of people with Parkinson’s disease report difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, interrupted sleep on a regular basis is the norm, according to specialists at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Experts recommend satin sheets to make it easier to move around in bed, turn over and generally get comfortable. This simple switch can make a significant difference.
Here is a look at how Parkinson’s makes it hard to sleep, how satin sheets can help, and tips from experts for more restful nights.
According to the Sleep Foundation, the first symptom of Parkinson’s disease is often a problem with sleep. This can happen well before the person has difficulty getting around, which is the major indicator of the disease.
A variety of problems keep sufferers awake. Sleep problems with Parkinson’s include:
- Being very sleepy during the day, but not at night
- Involuntary leg movements or restless leg syndrome that keeps the person awake
- Sleep apnea
- Suddenly going to sleep at inappropriate times
- Having to get up to go to the bathroom often at night
All of these problems make it difficult to get the recommended amount of deep, restful sleep at night. This is made worse by mobility issues, like trouble moving your hands and feet easily and muscle fatigue, both common physical symptoms of Parkinson’s. If you can’t move around to get comfortable enough to relax, it’s doubly hard to sleep.
Satin Sheets Improve Mobility
The big benefit that satin sheets have is the fact that they are slippery. This makes turning over much easier. You can also slide in and out with less difficulty. These simple actions, which are so easy to take for granted when healthy, take major effort with Parkinson’s.
It can be tempting to buy flannel sheets because of they are supposed to keep you warmer. But flannel has a rough surface that makes it difficult to turn over and move around.
And if you are worried about warmth, satin sheets are an excellent choice. Though light in weight, they keep you warm throughout the winter. Many people prefer having lighter fabrics on their bodies because they don’t have to fight the added weight of several blankets or a heavy duvet.
Getting Sleep Ready
Doctors who work with Parkinson’s patients recommend setting up a bedtime routine to get you physically and mentally ready for sleep. Here are four tips from the pros.
Time your medications. Rigidity, a major symptom, gets in the way of a good night’s sleep. That’s why it’s important to take your evening pills that control this problem at the right time. You don’t want them to wear off during the middle of the night.
Ask you doctor which other medications you take might interfere with a good night’s sleep. Then take them earlier in the day.
Meditate. This soothes your brain, calming the self-talk that can keep you awake.
Take a warm bath. This is an excellent way to relax your muscles. It can help you avoid toe curls and muscle cramps waking you up in the middle of the night.
Avoid caffeine late in the day. Try decaffeinated or herbal teas instead.
A good night’s sleep can help your overall health when you have Parkinson’s disease. Consider buying satin sheets to help with mobility and comfort. It can make your bedtime easier.