As winter sets in and the air gets a little colder, it seems we are spending more time in our beds. There are simple ways you can create a more comfortable place to sleep. First of all, mattresses should be replaced every 7 to 10 years. If your mattress is older than 10 years, it will start to become uncomfortable as it wears out. If it is under 10 years, flip it over or turn it around so that you don’t continuously wear out one spot. A mattress pad that sits on top can be purchased to provide an extra layer of comfort.
You can purchase a satin duvet cover or any material cover that slides over top of your current comforter and closes by either zipper or buttons. Not only is it simple to take off and wash but the fabric of a duvet cover can provide a new level of comfort. High thread counts in luxurious cotton fabrics feel soft, warm and inviting. Down pillows are filled with feathers and feels like you are lying on a cloud; a perfect way to make your bed more comfortable and add accents to the bedroom. If you find that the bed sheet tangles when you sleep just remove it. A comforter in a duvet cover should provide enough warmth. You can also use a large flat sheet and tuck it under the mattress in place of a fitted sheet. This will prevent a fitted sheet from moving about while you sleep.
Lastly, adding a quilt blanket or soft fleece throw can provide pure coziness.
Silk Sheets Advantages
Silk sheets can add a touch of class and elegance to any bedroom. They not only look luxurious, but they feel smooth to the touch. Silk is an excellent choice of fabric for the warmer summer months too. This fabric does not retain moisture like cotton, so it won’t stick to the skin. This can be a big factor on a hot night. Of course, silk sheets will be more expensive than synthetic blends, but they are also higher quality. Silk is a strong and durable material that will last a long time if cared for properly.
One reason why many people are reluctant to buy silk sheets for their bed linen is that they think silk is too difficult to care for. While silk sheets certainly do require a higher level of care than regular cotton, polyester or nylon sheets, ‘difficult’ may not be the right word to describe the care instructions required. In fact, it is perfectly fine to machine wash silk sheets. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before doing so.
Washing Silk Sheets
For the first several washings of your silk sheets, it is recommended that you wash them by hand using a mild detergent. Anything too harsh and you do run the risk of damaging the fibers. Washing your silk sheets by hand initially will help the sheets maintain their sheen, which is a major selling point. It will also help keep the fibers soft and feeling silky. For optimal care, silk sheets should be washed by hand, but after the first few washings, it is fine to then wash them in a washing machine.
When washing silk sheets in a washing machine they should always be cleaned on the delicate cycle. Hot water should never be used. Lukewarm water is the best but cold is far better than hot. Avoid using the spin cycle. This cycle is hard on the silk fibers as it wrings the sheets out to get of the rinse water they’ve retained. As well, silk sheets should be washed individually. Never put any other article of clothing or bedding in the same washing machine as your sheets. Fabric softeners are fine to use when washing silk sheets in a machine. Bleach is never acceptable, even on stains.
How to Dry Silk Sheets
Your silk sheets will last much longer if you hang your sheets and air dry them. This may not be an option for many people, but if you are able to do it, this is highly recommended. Take care to keep colored sheets out of the direct sunlight to prevent them from fading due to overexposure. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest setting possible. Some dryers may even have an air dry setting which would be ideal for silk sheets that can not truly be air dried.
Take good care of your silk sheets and they will last a long time, even if you clean them in a washing machine.
Not everyone will agree with the notion that hotel beds are more comfortable than your own bed at home. There’s something about sleeping in your own bed that is hard to pinpoint. That is, until you’ve spent some time couch surfing or staying in the guest bedrooms of hospitable friends and relatives. However, there is certainly something to be said for sleeping in a bed that has been made with freshly washed, perhaps even starched, linens and which was made by a professional. Is that the only reason these beds seems to be so comfy? Not necessarily. The quality of the sheets are certainly a determining factor. Is it possible to incorporate hotel techniques when making your own bedroom at home? Yes, there are several things hotels do to help you rest easy when you are their guest, and you certainly can try them in your home.
It all starts with the sheets. Hotel beds are made with fresh sheets every day there is a new guest booked into the room. This is certainly a contributing factor to their appeal. If you had the time and inclination to wash your own sheets everyday, you might consider it as nothing quiet beats the feel of fresh sheets. Also, hotels, especially the higher end ones, use sheets with a higher thread count than we typically buy for ourselves. In many instance, but not all, a higher thread count makes for a better quality sheet. A thread count is determined by the number of threads that are intertwined, both horizontally and vertically, in a single square inch of fabric. Sometimes a high thread count does not mean better quality, just more threads of a lower quality. The better hotels use sheets made with higher quality, high thread counts. This is an important distinction if you are looking to duplicate the feel of hotel sheets in your own bedroom.
In addition to the thread count there are other factors that make for a more comfortable sheet. The weave of the thread also makes a difference. Some common types of weaves found in bed sheets, similar to ones you may find in hotels, include flannel, jersey, sateen, and percale.
The linens that hotels use on their beds are not the only thing that may make them feel more comfortable. The mattresses in hotels are changed every few years which means you’re likely to experience a mattress that is more firm than your bed at home. As well, hotel mattresses in many cases are not used every night. Many rooms remain empty for most of the week and the mattresses go unused. Also, hotel beds are flipped on a regular basis which also ensures that the wear on the mattress is distributed evenly, much like rotating the tires on a car.
On average we spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping so having a quality pillow is important for spending that time in comfort. Choosing the right pillow depends on your preferences but with so many choices, you may feel overwhelmed. Let’s take a look at the differences between feather and cotton pillows and try to make the process of choosing a new pillow simpler!
Feather pillows are generally considered the more luxurious option between the two choices. The pillows are often made with goose feathers that are flat and have quills running through their centers. Feathers are soft but not as fluffy as pure down, however they do provide firmer support than down pillows.
Some benefits of feather pillows are that they are soft, warm, and can easily be shaped for better comfort and support. These types of pillows are very durable if well cared for and can last for years. Another great feature is that most feather pillows are washable.
Some cons to consider would be that pillows of this type can feel sweaty and hot to some who sleep hot. Feathers flatten easily and need to be coaxed and pulled into the shape you want every time to change positions. Another consideration is allergies. How sensitive are you? Many have found themselves to be allergic to feather or down pillows so do not commit to buying one unless you’re sure that it won’t be a problem for you.
Cotton pillows provide wonderfully soft, gentle yet firm lift for all the natural support you need as you sleep. This type of pillow is natural, and rarely contains allergens that would affect the sensitive sleeper.
Some benefits of cotton pillows are that since the fiber is naturally absorbent, you will not have to deal with a sweaty, hot pillow on an average night. Cotton pillows are much firmer than feather ones. The surface is smooth, plus there’s no chance of being startled awake by a rogue feather!
Some cons with cotton filled pillows are that as time passes the cotton can compress and begin to feel very hard and may even be described as lumpy by some. This pillow type does not contour easily to body curvature. If the pillow is not cleaned regularly it can create an attractive environment for dust mites and molds, as cotton can retain water.
Sleeping Style vs. Pillow Type
The way you sleep will determine the firmness of your pillow. Those of us who sleep on our back or side often prefer a medium support pillow that cradles the natural curvature of the spine. Stomach sleepers enjoy a soft, plump pillow that cushions the head and neck at a comfortable angle.
Everyone has a different image of their perfect pillow. For me being a side sleeper and having many allergies, a cotton pillow is the perfect match, but it may not be for everyone. Make sure to find your perfect fit for all your bedding because remember, we spend 8 hours of our day sleeping – if we’re lucky!
When buying sheets, the most important thing to keep in mind is how they will affect your sleep. Sleep is obviously extremely important, and having sleep-friendly sheets and pillowcases is one way to prepare your best for a good night’s sleep.
Softness Matters for Sleep
Having soft sheets is the easiest and most conducive way to ensure a good sleep. When one’s body is comfortable and relaxed, there is simply less of a chance he or she will wake up. The question then becomes, how soft should sheets be to help one’s sleep? And what sort of materials make soft sheets? What thread count do you need for your sheets to feel extra soft? And is thread count all that matters? Satin sheets are long considered to be the baseline for any truly soft sheets. They have a silk-like feel to them, and have a cool/cold feeling to them upon touch. The feeling they emanate is very smooth, and are often preferred as the go-to material for the hot summer months. It’s also considered to be an affordable sheet for those who desire silk but don’t want to spend the extra money. Satin is often compared with cotton, though offer very different feels. Cotton is considered sturdier, warmer, and a bit heavier, which is why they are preferred in the cold winter months. It is also more affordable. That is why in terms of sleep, the best advice according to the calendar is simply this: one should use the cool and soft feeling satin in the summer in order to withstand the heat, and the warmer and heavier cotton in the winter. These two options are the most popular when it comes to choosing the best sheets for sleeping. But wait, there’s more.
How Soft Can You Get?
The buck doesn’t stop with satin sheets. The best thing about satin is that it feels like silk. Then why not the real McCoy? Silk represents the softest materials around, and silk sheets are considered to be much stronger than satin, because they are woven from longer threads. Also, the silk material itself is truly as soft as you can get because it is 100% silk. Satin, however, is a combination of silk, cotton, polyester, and other products. That is why, provided you can afford the higher price tag, silk sheets are probably the best product for achieving a good night’s sleep – by having the softest sheets possible, your body will be relaxed and have a higher chance of sleeping peacefully throughout the night.
Thread Count Matters
A sheet’s thread count is the number of threads per one square inch of fabric. It goes without saying that the more threads in the sheet, the softer it is, thereby making for a more pleasant night’s sleep. A sheet with a 200 thread count simply won’t be as soft as one with a 400 thread count. Of course, at a certain point, thread count doesn’t necessarily matter for softness, but maintaining a thread count of at least 400 is ideal for the optimum softness. Overall, the best sheets for sleeping comes down to softness and timing. Silk and satin are the softest, but better in the hot summer months. Cotton is warm and heavy, and therefore better in the winter. Regardless, make sure that you buy your bedding from a reputable source so that you can be sure that your sheets are made from top materials.