It can be quite the challenge being able to sleep through the night if you tend to sleep hot. And, while it's uncomfortable enough to wake up overheated, sweaty, and restless, it can also interfere with your regular sleep cycle, and lead to issues during the day. Fortunately, in many cases, all it takes is switching your sheet set to sleep cooler at night. But, how do you know which sheet set will provide the best cooling properties?
Factors to Take into Account When Choosing a Sheet with Cooling Properties
Several factors to consider when choosing a sheet with cooling properties are:
- Thread Count
Typically, a low thread count is ideal for people who require cooling sheets in the nighttime, since it works well for regulating your body temperature while you sleep. While less than 300 thread count is good, between 200 to 400 thread count sheets will provide you with your ultimate cooling experience, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
- Natural Materials
The most essential thing you need to keep an eye out for in new cooling sheet sets is the primary fabric used for making them. But, some sheets are always constructed from one material, and can frequently be constructed from various fabrics, meaning you're getting the advantages and disadvantages of all the fabric types.
The safer choice for when you're feeling hot and sweaty is natural sheets. Traditionally, cooling sheets have been constructed with natural materials, such as cotton. They're a safe option, since they've been around for a long time.
Night sweats are the top reason for buying cooling sheets. A huge benefit of natural fabrics is their ability to absorb or wick away moisture. So, if you're the type of person who becomes drenched in sweat while sleeping, you might want to consider natural fabrics.
Weaving also has a role in this because how the sheets are stitched determines the fabric's cooling. For example, a fuzzy weave, such as flannel, holds in heat to keep you warmer, whereas a breathable fabric, like bamboo, can keep you cooler.
Five Types of Cooling Bed Sheets
Below, you'll learn about five types of sheet sets that have cooling properties to help you decide which is ideal for you.
Bamboo sheets are hygroscopic and thermoregulating. This means they’ll keep you cooler overnight (or if needed, warm), and they will wick moisture away, gradually absorbing it, to keep you dry. They're often hypoallergenic, too.
Here at PlushBeds, we offer moisture-wicking bamboo sheets. They're constructed from a renewable source, helping you to feel great about your selection of this bamboo sheet set. If you have sensitive skin, bamboo sheets are a great choice, since bamboo is a porous material that keeps you dry and cool, because it wicks moisture away from you while you're sleeping. Bamboo also resists odor, and is inherently antibacterial, which is another inherent plus.
Linen is one of the best cool-sleeping sheet fabrics. While it might be a little more costly than other types, it's breathable and lightweight, making it outstanding for cooling sheets. Linen is typically cooler than cotton, and even after years of use, tends to be highly durable. While linen sheets aren't the softest around, they're definitely of a higher quality than other sheet sets, and provide a slightly textured look and feel.
PlushBeds linen sheet sets are made from 100% French linen. They are light and soft and vintage washed.
- Sateen Cotton
Sateen fabrics are constructed with a satin weave structure to make them soft, shiny, and silky smooth on one side of the fabric. The other side is typically matte. This type of weave provides you the feel of luxurious, smooth satin. Since sateen is less crisp and softer than percale, it's more wrinkle resistant as well.
Try PlushBeds sateen cotton sheet set. This Egyptian cotton, 300 thread count sheet set features Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic certification. If you're wanting to experience an organic sleep experience, you'll want to try these sheets.
PlushBeds Italian Egyptian cotton 400 thread count sheet set is professionally woven by Italian artisans. Of all the PlushBeds bed linen collection lineup, this is probably the most luxurious.
Both the weave and weight of tencel sheets make them breathable, making them known for offering coolness. They’re constructed like bamboo sheets, but with a couple differences:
- Fewer chemicals: An Austrian company, Lenzing Fabrics, produces Tencel. To extract the wood's cellulose, it uses a non-toxic solvent, which is simpler to filter and reuse.
- More sustainable: They're constructed from eucalyptus trees, which easily grow in places not vegetation friendly.
You'll experience all the benefits of bamboo sheets with Tencel fibers. Not to mention, they're eco-friendly. They can be a little costly, which is their biggest drawback.
PlushBeds Tencel sheets are gentle and kind to your skin. A primary benefit of Tencel is that it's very smooth on the level of fiber compared to wool and cotton.
Microfiber is a popular type of sheet fabric due to their affordability and comfort. It combines synthetic fibers, and they are also lightweight. While microfiber sheets aren't the worst type of material to sleep on, if you're used to cotton, silk or bamboo sheets, you can tell the difference in quality. Still, many individuals choose them because of their price tag.
PlushBeds brushed microfiber sheet sets are naturally wrinkle and stain-resistant, and won't shrink or pill. They're very practical, and provide such great value, you'll definitely want to buy more of them.
Sleeping hot doesn't need to be a norm for you. By choosing a great sheet set with cooling properties, you can ensure you have a great night's quality sleep.
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