Getting Better Sleep with Linen: 5 Tips
Tip 1: Keep sheets fresh
You wash your clothes often. The same is true with bedding. When we sleep, there is a natural release of skin cells, residue, and perspiration onto sheets. The cumulative affects over time create an environment that isn’t ideal for rest. Also knowing that the bedding is tended and the bed neat, is in itself comforting. We recommend changing sheets at least 1x per week, especially during the warmer months.
Tip 2: Sleep in linen (or other 100% natural fibers)
All natural fibers like linen, cotton and bamboo are good choices for bedding. All three are very soft and breathe beautifully which is the key to comfortable sleep. When sheets breathe, they automatically adjust to environmental conditions, keeping thermal heat while allowing airflow. Of these choices, linen does this the best. For more information on linen thermal qualities, you can refer to this article. Linen is woven a bit looser than cotton or bamboo so airflow is more pronounced. Of all natural fibers, linen is also more absorbent and naturally hypoallergenic. The skin just does better overall with linen.
Tip 3: Alternate your duvet inserts
If you would like to sleep with your duvet cover year round, remember to rotate your inserts seasonally keeping the heaviest weight insert in winter, and moving to a very lightweight insert or removing it during the summer depending on your climate. At MP, we consider the duvet cover as a year-round item that can be perfectly tailored to fit the seasons.
Tip 4: Have at least one linen lounge cushion
A great big cushion like a deluxe sham or euro sham is like the cherry on top. These larger pillows are nice for arranging and making the bed look good during the day, but their real purpose comes its time to climb on in, and relax before sleep. Lounging with these and doing some quiet reading is great preparation for sleeping.
Tip 5: Keep and use several quality sets per bed
Rotating your bedding keeps it fresh and interesting. Pick out bedding you like that is high-quality and can be used seasonally. Pick out different colors, textures and weights that correspond to changing temps, and you preferences. It’s a real pleasure to sleeping in your favorite set.