Sleep is essential for your health and productivity. However, not everybody gets adequate shut-eye time. Obviously different factors such as stress, medical conditions or a snoring partner can play a role in a lack of sleep. But, did you know the one thing that might be having the biggest impact on your sleep could be the bedding you are using?
The reality is that there are a number of different components that go into your bedding. Unfortunately, some of those components may be making your bedding too hot to get a good night’s sleep.
Avoid Synthetic Beddings
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleeping temperature is between 60 and 67 degrees. That isn't always possible with synthetic beddings, as they tend to trap heat. This, in turn, can make for a very uncomfortable sleeping experience.
Try to choose beddings made from pure cotton. As well, you should consider getting some moisture-wicking bed sheets that provide coolness and a comfortable sleep experience like our Bedtime Classic Sheet Set. Top it off with a lightweight breathable blanket and you should be comfortably off to dreamland in no time!
Choosing The Right Pillow And Pillowcase
Pillows are an essential part of the bedding configuration. Why? For starters, the sensation of a hot or cold bedtime experience oftentimes can be pinpointed to the pillow. That's why it is a good idea to wrap a linen or cotton pillowcase over a bamboo pillow, as that combination is most likely to provide a cooler sensation.
If you're a side sleeper, a firm pillow works best. On the other hand, if you tend to sleep on your back, a thin pillow would be an excellent option as it ensures your head isn't thrown forward. It's also important to remember that pillows and pillowcases should be replaced every 18 months to avoid exposure to mold, dust mites, fungus and dead skin cells.
There's no one approach when it comes to bed firmness. Mattresses vary, as do opinions on what's best or most comfortable.
Softer mattresses tend to restrict airflow, which could lead to a warmer bed experience. Some of the higher tech body conforming type of beds could also lead to a warm experience. You'll find that the coolest experience tends to be on a standard firm latex or innerspring mattress with no significant foam padding.
In many cases, the one thing separating a good day from a terrible one is the way you feel. If you're mentally or physically fatigued, you'll have a much more difficult time performing any of your day's activities at your peak. Don't take chances.
Keep your windows covered as much as possible throughout the day to ensure that your bedroom isn't exposed to excess sunlight and potentially warm temperatures. You should also avoid wearing socks to bed and try to dress lightly. From there, analyze your current sleep experience and if you find that you're frequently not feeling refreshed following a night's sleep, consider making changes to your bedding.