For many Americans, a good night’s sleep starts with a comfortable bed. In a recent study by the National Sleep Foundation, nine out of 10 respondents noted that a comfortable mattress, pillow and bedding was important to a good night’s sleep. Luxury bedding can help by providing a comfortable and lavish place to rest your head.
Luxury bedding isn’t just for comfort; high-quality bedding can actually make you healthier. Here are four ways luxury bedding can improve your health while you catch some ZZZs.
Fewer Wrinkles – The skin on your face is extremely sensitive, and can be affected by a variety of things: sun, wind, and pollutants. However, have you ever thought that your pillowcase may be the culprit of wrinkles? Your face spends 8+ hours a night (or should!) with direct contact to your pillowcase and sheets. Rough, low-quality sheets can lead to skin irritation and wrinkles because the delicate facial skin is pulled by the fabric. A high-quality pillowcase, part of a luxury bedding sheet, in materials like cotton or silk can give your skin a smoother surface and work with wrinkle creams and moisturizers to give you true beauty sleep.
Softer Skin – Slathering your skin with moisturizers and lotions is only the first step in getting softer skin. Choosing luxury bedding can also help you have softer skin with fewer irritations and less itching and irritability. Luxury bedding is often made with the highest quality fabrics that actually have a variety of benefits for your overall skin texture and condition. Silk, for example, is made from domesticated silk worms that are bred and raised in captivity; because these silk worms have no enemies, they also have had no exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical treatments. This transfers to the silk fabric, giving you a chemical-free sleeping experience. Additionally, silk contains the same amino acids found in your skin and hair, so the fabric won’t take these essential nutrients from your skin.
Fewer Allergies – Even the cleanest bedrooms have hidden allergy triggers that can keep you sneezing instead of catching some shut-eye. Hidden causes of allergies that lurk in bedding include indoor mold, dust mites and cockroach droppings, fungi spores, and pet dander. Luckily, luxury bedding can offer you hypoallergenic options to block out many of the common allergens found in regular bedding. Purchase a hypoallergenic comforter to block out the tiny allergens; if you’re a fan of down comforters, make sure the comforter has an allergy-free guarantee, which means the down feathers have been through a hypercleaning process to rid the feathers of allergens. Luxury bedding is also available in two colors: white and ivory. This means the bedding is free of dyes and unnatural chemicals that can wreak havoc on sensitive skin.
Sounder Sleep – Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night sweating? Do you fall asleep with your feet outside the sheets, or wake up freezing? Temperature changes can make sleeping difficult and cause you to wake up too often, losing out on precious REM sleep. During sleep, your normal body temperature drops one to two degrees, and during REM sleep, body temperature falls to its lowest point of the night. This is when bedding comes into play; we inherently snuggle under the blankets during this time. However, with certain types of fabrics, like man made rayon or polyester blends, the body heat gets trapped in your bedding, raising your body temperature and causing you to overheat. Conversely, some types of bedding (including lower quality comforters) can leave bare spots that let in too much cool air, causing you to lose more body heat and wake up cold. Luxury bedding can help you regulate your temperature, sleeping more soundly for longer periods of time and waking refreshed.