Australians are passionate about many things. Sport, sunshine, work-life balance, bed sheets and the correct name for water fountains.
While some of our passions are well-founded (sunshine is great, and work-life balance is a must), others divide the nation along clear lines.
One argument that continues unabated is about the best bed sheet arrangement. The big question that remains unanswered: should you use a flat sheet?
To get to the bottom of Australia’s bed sheet ponderings, we need to investigate what fitted sheets, flat sheets and duvet covers can do for a better night’s sleep.
The fitted sheet vs flat sheet debate
According to internet polls, most Australians use a flat sheet and a fitted sheet. However, other surveys suggest young people are less interested in top sheets.
And the thing is, there are great arguments for both sides.
So keep reading, whether you are firmly in the flat sheet camp or prefer sleeping with just a fitted sheet and duvet.
This debate has many layers.
What is a fitted sheet?
Also known as a bottom sheet, a fitted sheet has elastic corners that tuck neatly underneath a mattress.
Fitted sheets add a layer of soft comfort between your body and the top layer of bedding, whether the mattress itself, mattress topper or mattress protector.
There are several reasons to sleep on a snugly fitted sheet.
Protects the mattress
Fitted sheets are functional, protecting your mattress from sweat and dirt when you sleep.
Mattresses are much more challenging to clean than fitted sheets. So if you can protect your sleeping surface with a washable, cosy, eco-friendly fitted sheet, then why not?
Easy to clean
Elasticated corners make fitted sheets easy to remove when it’s time to wash the sheets.
Soft, even sleeping surface
Removable mattress protectors do an excellent job of protecting your sleeping surface. And they are easy to clean.
So why add a fitted sheet? That’s simple: comfort.
Unlike mattress protectors, which move around, fitted sheets stay in place so you can sleep through the night.