Sleep quality is something we care deeply about at OLARA. So it is concerning that 4 in 10 Australian adults are not getting enough good quality sleep.
If you’re one of the many people who regularly suffer from suboptimal sleep, there might be a surprising reason you’re struggling to drift off into a deep sleep.
Bedding plays an important – yet often overlooked – role in sleep quality.
Yes, the difference between restlessness and sweet dreams might be as simple as the sheets you’re snuggled up in.
And considering the innumerable benefits of a good night’s sleep, from better physical health to improved mental performance, the best sheets are a small investment in a better quality of life.
OLARA’s top 8 tips for choosing the best bedding:
- Go for 100% organic (bamboo is best)
- Avoid synthetic fibres
- Breathable, insulating fabrics keep you cosy all year
- Look beyond the thread count
- Wash every 7-10 days using mild detergent
- Experiment with layering to find your style
- Know your weave types
- Opt for OEKO-TEX® certification
In this guide, we’re going to outline everything you need to know about choosing the best sheets to create your rejuvenating bedroom sanctuary.
How bedding impacts your sleep quality
Bedding is one of the most consistent factors affecting your ability to drift off to sleep without disruption and wake up feeling refreshed.
Poor-quality bedding disrupts your sleep in several ways:
- Keeping you too hot or too cold
- Retaining sweat and moisture
- Clinging to your skin
- Trapping bacteria, dust and odours that trigger allergies
It all adds up to a night of tossing and turning.
On the flip side, the right combination of pillowcases, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and duvet cover made from high-quality fabric can make all the difference.
Air escapes through your feet and fingers at night to cool the body down. But if that warmth has nowhere to go, your body can’t cool down enough to sleep soundly.
Synthetic fibres like polyester and nylon are known to trap heat. Similarly, flannel, usually a blend of cotton and wool, retains warmth on cool winter nights.
The ideal ambient temperature for sleeping is around 18°C. This means the best sheets for summer will be lightweight and breathable to let warm air escape
Related: Are you a hot sleeper? Read about these creative ways to cool down before bed.
In winter, thicker sheets might seem cosy, but they can quickly warm you up more than you need. Instead, choose an insulating sheet and doona cover, possibly paired with a heavier duvet.
Insulating fabrics like 100% organic bamboo and Egyptian cotton with a high thread count can keep you cosy year-round. In fact, 100% bamboo is proven to regulate heat better than cotton.
Sweat and moisture
Sweating is the body’s natural heat regulation technique. Usually, sweat evaporates from our skin, carrying heat away from the body to cool us down.
The trouble is that most fabrics are terrible at absorbing and evaporating moisture. The short-staple cotton fibres in everyday textiles retain excess moisture, leading to an uncomfortable situation where you wake up with your bedding clinging to your perspiring skin.
Bamboo fabric wicks away more moisture than cotton due to the thick, breathable fibres that allow moisture particles to pass through and evaporate in the air.