In our busy, stressed-out world, it’s important to take a step back and devote some time to self-care.
Whether your idea of self-care starts with a cathartic kickboxing session or a pampering bath, it should always end with a good night’s sleep.
But, while a relaxing nighttime routine can help you drift off, you need to make sure your bed is primed for optimal comfort. Even if your mattress doesn’t need replacing yet, investing in some new bedding can make a huge difference to your quality of sleep and your health in general.
Read on to find out the best bedding products to buy now.
Pure Cotton Sheets
There’s nothing like sliding into a freshly made bed at the end of a long day, especially if you’re trying out new sheets for the first time. But what kind of sheets are best?
While cute bedding with fun patterns might have swayed you before, the fiber content of your sheets should be your priority now. Polyester or cotton/polyester blends tend to be more economical, durable, and wrinkle-resistant than 100% cotton. But most people prefer 100% cotton as it’s far softer and feels more natural against the skin for optimal comfort and a great night’s sleep.
Or, if you want an even more luxurious feel, go for premium cotton options like Egyptian or Pima. This is softer and more durable than regular cotton but it is also more expensive. As for the thread count, while these can go over 1,000, a thread count of around 300-500 is usually the best.
You’ll also see sheets with the options of ‘percale’ or ‘sateen’, which refer to the construction of the sheets. Percale feels light and crisp while sateen feels soft and smooth.
While most people tend to favor sateen, it comes down to a matter of personal preference. Or, if you want something extra cozy to keep you warm in winter, you might decide on flannel.
Many people consider down-filled bed comforters to be the best, but they do come with their disadvantages.
Down, which refers to either duck or goose feathers, will keep you warm without being too heavy. This is because the down clusters trap air for better insulation.
You’ll need to check the fill power to find out how much down the pillow includes. A higher fill power means a warmer comforter, so make sure to look for one with over 600.
That said, down alternatives are a better choice for some people. Down alternatives use man-made fibers so they are a healthier choice for allergy sufferers. They’re also easier to wash so you can keep your comforter fresh without worrying about specialist cleaning.
The Perfect Pillow for You
If you wake up with back pain or a stiff neck, your pillow could be to blame.
The difficulty with finding the perfect pillow is that it depends on your sleeping position. If you sleep on your stomach, a thin, soft pillow is the best option. In contrast, side sleepers need a firm, thick pillow, while back sleepers should go for something in between.
Choosing the right pillow for your regular sleeping position ensures that your head, neck, and spine are aligned with no tilting in any direction.
As for the best pillow filling, while down is the fluffiest, down pillows can irritate those with allergies. Plus, down alternatives are easier to take care of and there are plenty of comfortable options these days. Or, you might prefer a foam pillow to provide more support, especially if you sleep on your side.
Last but definitely not least, it’s important to cover your pillow with the perfect pillowcase. And there’s no question that silk pillowcases are hands down the best option.
You can view benefits from the very first sleep, including a soft, luxurious sensation on your face and less hair frizz. As you change position in your sleep, cotton pillowcases can catch on your hair, causing a frizzy bedhead. But the way silk allows your hair to glide over your pillow helps stop this from happening.
Thanks to the hydrating power of silk, many people swear by the long-term beauty benefits of sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Fans claim that silk pillowcases can help stop fine lines and wrinkles from forming over time, and provide a glowing, youthful complexion.
As well as this anti-aging boost, silk is a healthier option since it repels bed mites and other unwanted nighttime guests. And, while you might think you need to hand wash silk pillowcases, they’re actually machine washable at 30 degrees and very fast drying. This means you can wash them as often as you would wash any pillowcase to get rid of any dirt transferred from your face to the pillow.
Silk pillowcases are also hypoallergenic, meaning that they can provide relief for people with skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Your Guide to Choosing the Best Bedding
You might have the most comfortable mattress in the world. But without the best bedding to make it with, you won’t get the great night’s sleep you’d hoped for. By following our recommendations, you can ensure that the cute bedding you buy will also be the best for your sleep quality and health.
And, if you’re wondering where to buy bedding, stores that allow you to mix and match are often better than those that only offer the king size bed in a bag option. This way you can tailor your bedding choices to suit your preferences.
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