You owe it to yourself to have the best sleep ever. After all the tiring tasks, nothing feels better than laying on your cozy bed, drifting off to dreamland. That is, of course, until you wake up in a pool of sweat. Yep, a good night’s sleep is almost impossible during the summer. It’s the worst thing, next to nightmares. So, how can you enjoy the night without the fear of night sweats? Cooling sheets.
Cooling sheets are an excellent choice for anyone who has trouble falling asleep in hot temperatures. Even without a cooling fan or air conditioner, they keep you from overheating and sweating as you sleep. Being cool while sleeping is vital since being too hot can disrupt both REM and slow-wave sleep, the stages most linked to feeling reinvigorated and refreshed. In this article, we tackled why everyone needs - and deserves! - a good night’s sleep, as well as the best cooling sheets to have the best sleep ever.
You can think of sleep like your phone. It needs to be plugged in and charged, so it can work again. Your body is the same. It needs adequate sleep so your organs can function properly. It refreshes, recharges, and reinvigorates your whole body so you can wake up and do everything you need to do.
Here are some benefits of having quality sleep:
Helps maintain or lose weight. Sleep deprivation has been linked to an increased risk of obesity and weight gain. Sleep deprivation can increase your hunger, leading to higher calorie consumption as you are more prone to eat sugary and fatty foods.
Improves productivity and efficiency. Sleep is necessary for a variety of brain functions. Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on cognition, focus, productivity, and performance. As such, good sleep can improve problem-solving abilities and memory.
Decreases risks of depression and other mental health issues. Poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders are closely linked to mental health issues including depression. Since sleep also affects your mood, hormones, and brain activity, it directly impacts your mental well-being.
Strengthens the immune system. People who don't get enough or good sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold virus, according to studies. It can also affect your healing and recovery period.
Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep every day to boost their cognitive and behavioral functions. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that up to 35% of adults in the United States do not get adequate sleep.
A good standard to uphold when it comes to cooling sheets? Breathability. This way, you can ensure that you stay light, cool, and comfortable throughout the night. One of your best picks is to go for cotton bed sheets, like percale, a soft and breathable fabric.
Percale sheets are cooler and lighter than sateen sheets, which have a looser three-over-one weave. It is naturally crisp and has a matte finish, which makes sleeping in it easier and more pleasant. Also, it is affordable and more sustainable, since it is made from organic materials.
To choose your first percale cotton sheet set, look for a single-ply thread count in a percale set. This means that each thread in the sheets is made up of one strand of yarn rather than two.
Another organic fabric, linen is a sturdy and sustainable choice that is worth investing in. Because linen has a looser weave than, for instance, a high thread count cotton sheet, it traps less heat. Also, it wicks away moisture better than cotton. So if you are a hot sleeper, linen is one of the best bed sheets to pick. They are cool to the touch, soft, and comfortable.
However, it is more expensive and can feel rougher at first. It can also be hard to maintain, since high-quality linen requires a long list of care instructions.
Natural fiber sheets are also a good choice, like a eucalyptus sheet. Also known as lyocell, it is a form of rayon created from eucalyptus trees that is classified as a semi-synthetic fiber due to the way it is processed (the wood is broken down and then dissolved using a chemical process to create a wood pulp, or cellulose, which is then spun into fibers). The resulting fabric is soft and lightweight, with cooling and moisture-wicking capabilities.
You can also find eucalyptus sheets that are wrinkle-resistant, such as Tencel. Its natural ability to regulate temperature as you sleep makes it perfect for your night sweats.
Like eucalyptus or lyocell, bamboo is a form of rayon. It is created from bamboo wood and goes through a similar process to lyocell; it is also soft and cooling to the touch. It is silky smooth as well.
If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, bamboo sheets could be your new go-to bed sheet. They are hypoallergenic and soft to touch. Additionally, they are also twice as durable as cotton, so they will last for a very long time.