It has been said that the average person will spend up to one-third of their lives sleeping! An interesting article was done that actually asked Hans Förstl, a director and researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University of Munich just why we sleep on third of our lives away.
We totally relate with the “Modern life is just too interesting to sleep longer” statement. There is so much to do and see and sleep prevents us from doing those thing – but, we do know our bodies need it.
So, given that we spend an awful lot of time to be in a bed – it is important to make that bed and the room that it is in a great one. Everything from the mattress you lay on, the sheets you use, the curtains you select and the temperature you prefer can all have an impact on the type of sleep you get!
Our guide to selecting the perfect bedding set will help you understand the different options available to you and make sure you choose the right set for your family member!
SELECTING THE RIGHT SHEETS
Sheet Material Options
Without a doubt cotton is the winner when it comes to sheet choices. It can be incredibly soft, last long and is very breathable making it a good choice for most. There are some options of course that can be better for you personally and some more recent advancements in technology and production have some other fabrics becoming popular as well.
Below are some of the most common sheet materials on the market:
Cotton Blend – features natural cotton and other synthetic materials which will give you increased longevity because of its increased strength. It is also less wrinkle-prone than other blends and tends be more affordable because of the synthetic materials that are included. Thread counts range from 200 to over 1000.
Linen – the perfect sheet for warmer weather sleepers, Linen sheets offer breathability and moisture-wicking to keep you as cool as can be. They typically have lower thread counts and we do recommend looking for sheets in the 120 thread count range for the best quality.
Flannel – are like snuggling up in your favorite winter jammies and are the best option for those cold winter nights. They are comprised of different types of cotton and are another sheet that is not based on thread count, but ounces of material. If you can find flannel sheets that are greater than 4 ounces, we recommend those highly for the ultimate in softness and quality.
Egyptian Cotton – this might be the king of all sheets with its super soft feel and strong blend, Egyptian Cotton is a popular option for those that want a little luxury in their life. Made from 100% Eqyptian cotton – they are strong, soft and offer great breathability. Thread counts are recommend over 200.
Jersey Knit – one of our personal favorites it can feel like a soft t-shirt encasing your body. Made from cotton or a cotton/synthetic blend, the difference is that the Jersey Knit is knitted not woven. The knitting is what gives these sheets a soft feel and level of warmth that makes it great for colder areas. Jersey Knit sheets are not measured by thread count but weight per square. Because of this you will want to look for sheets that are higher in ounces – something in the 10-14 ounce range will give you exceptional softness and durability.
Percale – a tight weave gives Percale sheets a feel that is smooth and offers a bit of luxury. They can include different fibers such as cotton, silk or polyester. If you get sheets with a higher thread count you will see limited pilling and if you opt for a cotton/synthetic fiber combination you can help avoid wrinkled sheets. Sheets with a thread count of 400-800 will give you a comfortable feel.
Polyester – a totally synthetic fiber but very common in sheet sets. Polyester delivers a long lasting sheet that are easy to care for and are resistant to wrinkling and stretching. These are one of the most affordable options of sheets but do not offer the level of softness and comfort as the cotton or cotton/blend options. Thread counts of 300 or higher recommended.
Additional Sheet Terminology
Thread Count – this is a number that you should look at that shows the amount of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of the sheet. The higher the number thread count is, typically the softer the sheet will be – and they will only get softer the more you wash them. Most sheets range from 200 to 800 thread count but it is becoming more common to see them over 1000.
But unfortunately, thread count is not always a good indicator of sheet quality or comfort, so this alone should not be used as a deciding factor. Because modern manufacturing allows for advanced technology – some manufacturers will artificially inflate the thread count meaning they can market them with a different thread count with no real difference in quality. The Federal Trade Commission is doing its best to protect consumers from this practice, but always use the buyer beware aspect when making a purchase of any kind!
Fiber – most of today’s sheets are made of cotton fibers, and the secret is to look for longer fibers which is usually called combed cotton. Longer fibers are a stronger fiber that can have less pilling – long fibers are often used in Egyptian cotton sheets. Although these can be pricey they are considered some of the best sheets you can sleep on.
Pima, supima, cotton-polyester and bamboo are others that have this higher quality fiber.
Weave – sateen and percale are 2 types of weaves that offer different textures. Sateen is still cotton but is combined with a satin weave that gives a very soft feel that can feel luxurious on y our skin. Percale is a common weave found on most standard sheets and is crisp and durable.