Looking to get a better night’s sleep? We all know the importance of sleeping well. Wake up after a night of subpar sleep and you’ll be in for a day of misery ahead. Low energy, poor concentration and focus, and a burning desire to crawl back into bed is what the next 16-18 hours will consist of. Sleep well, on the other hand, and you’ll be energized and ready to tackle all that life brings.
That’s not all. Studies have proven that those who sleep well at night are going to be at a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, maintain stronger immune systems, and may even have an easier time controlling their body weight. That’s because too little sleep can cause insulin insensitivity and beyond that, can also increase appetite making it hard to stick to a calorie controlled diet.
Did you know that getting a good night’s sleep involves more than just getting to bed earlier though? The quality of your mattress and sheets play a very important role.
What should you be looking for when shopping for these items? Let’s look at the most important considerations to remember when it comes to purchasing sheets to lay down on your bed.
KNOW YOUR COTTONS
When buying sheets, the softness of the sheets obviously matters. The last thing you want is to crawl into bed and feel scratchy sheets against your skin. You want luxurious sheets that make it feel like you’ve just cozied up into a cloud. Long-Staple Egyptian Cotton has long been considered the ultimate in luxury bedding material; and for good reason.
This material is your best option because not only is it built to last, but it’s breathable and easy to clean, so you can expect any sheets made of this to serve you for years to come. On top of that, it gets softer and softer with each wash. Most people aren’t washing their bed sheets often enough, so consider this extra motivation to get the job done.
Chances are you’ve heard of thread count before. This refers to how many threads are woven into each square inch of the fabric. You want to get right into the sweet spot where the thread count is high enough that you have a durable sheet that won’t fall apart with one watch but not so high that the sheets have zero breathability and trap heat leaving you sweating each night.
So what’s the best number? The truth is that there isn't one. Thread Count is one of the most oft-used tactics of the bedding industry to trick people into buying subpar products. False numbers abound, as companies double weave, add in polyester or microfiber, and use cross-weaves that add to the thread count, but take away from the quality of the product.
The truth is that the quality of materials used, and the weave are the two largest differentiators between sheets.
KNOW YOUR WEAVE
The weave refers to the style that the Egyptian Cotton is sown. Luna Percale is a matte weave that is sown one-over, one-under, and will feel cooler against the body and gives you that crisp feeling you may be looking for. Luna Percale Sheets are also 'Stone-Washed' which adds to the crisp feel.
On the other hand, Amora Sateen is a very soft weave that will feel very smooth and silky against your skin. This is because Amora Sateen is weaved three-over, one-under. This is the pinnacle of luxury bedding. If that’s what you’re after, that’s the weave you want to invest in.
Before you leave home to go purchase your sheets – or consider making that online order if that’s the route you’re going, double check your bed size. Many people these days are putting king sized mattresses in their room but do keep in mind there is a difference between a basic (also referred to as Eastern) king sized mattress and one that is a California king. California king will require different sheets in order to fit perfectly so you’ll want to order a size up if that’s the case.
The last thing you want to do is be pulling on your sheets, trying your hardest to get them to fit a bed that’s just too big.
DON'T FORGET PILLOWS
Finally, when buying your sheets, be sure to remember to match the pillowcases!
Not only will having pillows that match look better, but it’ll help you go that extra mile to ensuring a good night’s rest. You’ll want to be especially selective in purchasing a higher grade pillowcase if you have sensitive facial skin as your face will be resting on that pillow case many hours each week.
So keep these points in mind when purchasing your sheets. Don’t look for the cheapest sheet out there as you may find yourself heavily disappointed. Instead, look for quality and view this as an investment. Sleep is critically important to your well-being and health and you really can’t put a price on that.