Bed sheets can help improve your sleep quality.
If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, it might be time to invest in some new bed sheets. Studies have shown that the right bedding can actually help improve sleep quality, thanks to its ability to regulate body temperature and provide comfort.
How to Choose the Best Bed Sheets
Four things you need to know before investing in your next dreamy set—they may just be the best bed sheets you have ever slept on.
Is Thread Count That Important?
Yes and no. Thread count is often used as a barometer of the bed sheets' smoothness and durability. However, this measurement—which should refer to the number of threads woven into a square inch of fabric—isn't always reliable. High thread count is a factor, but the type of cotton can be more significant.
What’s The Best-Quality Cotton?
Cotton is the best material for bed sheets. Top of the line is 100 percent Egyptian cotton. Second best is 100 percent pima cotton, also known by the trademarked name Supima. If a label says simply, "100 percent cotton," assume it's American upland cotton, a rougher, less expensive variety.
Egyptian cotton's long fibers produce sheets that are thin and sumptuous, yet extremely strong and long-lasting. The shorter fibers of upland cotton, by contrast, can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric. Pima cotton is also soft and less likely to pill than upland cotton. You can find a good queen set made of pima for less than $200. If you want the best, invest about $500 in an Egyptian-cotton set in percale or sateen—both clean, classic weaves.
When considering how to choose bed sheets, the material you pick may actually have a significant impact on your quality of sleep.
For example, a scratchy fabric like wool may have you dreaming of bed bugs, while a silk sheet can carry you into a deep and comfortable sleep. However, when it comes to the different types of sheets, four fabrics reign supreme in terms of comfort and durability:
At SpineAlign we offer you Deep Pocket Bamboo Sheets and Deep Pocket Tencel Sheets.
Relatively new to the fabric world, TENCEL fibers are a material made from weaving sustainably sourced natural fibers, such as eucalyptus wood pulp. The result is a product that is:
If you’re a hot sleeper who needs sheets that allow for maximum airflow, then SpineAlign's cooling sheets, made of 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell, might be right for you.
While it may be harder to come by, bamboo linen, also known as bamboo fiber, uses a chemical-free mechanical process that may appeal more to eco-conscious shoppers.
However, there’s no need to invest in sheets with extremely high counts since the difference in feel isn’t likely to be noticeable enough to justify the enormous price difference.
A simple breakdown of common thread counts includes:
- Flannel – 80 to 120 thread count
- Linen – 80 to 140 thread count
- Microfiber, like muslin – 140 to 180 thread count
- Jersey – 150+ thread count
- Cotton – 200 to 400 thread count
- Percale weave – 200 to 400 thread count
- Santeen – 300 to 600 thread count
- Silk – 400+ thread count
Find the correct choice for you.
The SpineAlign Team