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 among 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!
Savvy consumers seek out Egyptian cotton for their bedding because it is softer, longer lasting and doesn’t pill easily. But it turns out that what you’ve been buying may actually be falsely labeled. Shoppers are angry at paying high-end prices for low-end sheets and duvet covers.
The Case of Bed, Bath & Beyond
The problem isn’t just with fly-by-night distributors and manufacturers. Bed Bath & Beyond, the national retailer that also has its own labeled goods, recently settled with a New York woman. She bought expensive sheets from them labeled “800 Natural” that felt scratchy. She got suspicious and decided to do something about it.
Determined to find out the true quality of what she bought, she went had the fabric tested by lab that does textile forensics. Experts at the lab confirmed that the thread count wasn’t 800, but instead 408s.
In her class action suit, the shopper accused BB&B of doubling the thread count and the prices. They were making their sheets with two-ply cotton strands, magnifying it and marking 400 count sheets into 800 count.
The company settled out of court with her and other buyers of the 2-ply sheets, paying each one $2,500 refund or discount for sheets bought between 2000 and 2007.
What Is So Great About Egyptian Cotton?
The reason people are willing to pay more for sheets and duvet covers that are made with true Egyptian cotton is considered the gold standard for bedding. Sheets made with 100% Egyptian cotton are soft, strong, durable and don’t pill easily.
What this means is that real Egyptian cotton is more comfortable to sleep on, looks better and lasts longer. You pay more and you get more.
Confusing Threat Count
Businesses get around the labeling laws by laws by applying different thread count standards to their sheets and duvet covers. Makers in countries like China, Portugal, India and even Egypt are the usual culprits.
They will often use two- or four-ply threads. Then they inflate their thread counts on the label by saying they are correspondingly two- or four-times as high as they really are. This may seem like a minor bit of advertising hype, but the fact is, you can feel the difference.
True 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers use a single ply of long yarn of pure cotton fiber. In fact, this is what you are paying extra for. The single ply and the greater length produces sheets that last longer and feel softer to your skin.
When a company exaggerates, you may think you are getting 1000 thread count, but more likely you are buying sheets that are 250 or 500 count. Thread count isn’t the main way to ensure quality, but it is important to understand the controversy so you can spot fakes.
The wording on labels can mislead you into thinking you are buying the highest quality cotton. That’s why it is important to read all the fine print.
Does the label say “feels like Egyptian cotton?” That means it isn’t. In fact it is probably a polyester blend, not cotton at all.
Does the word “ply” appear anywhere on the label? That’s another giveaway that the sheet has been made with short fibers that are threaded together to produce one long thread. The resulting fabric is much lower quality than real Egyptian cotton.
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.