2021 saw people spending more than $87 billion on new bedding throughout the world! Several people are still using flat sheets while others (mostly Gen Z) are ditching them. Other recent bedding preferences that were observed include Americans using three pillows when they sleep and most people using a comforter or blanket over a quilt, bedspread, or duvet. Let’s dive in to how to get a good night’s sleep below.
Better Sleep? Change Your Sheets
Data shows that 32% of Americans wash their sheets every week with most of them being single American women. More than half of American couples change their sheets every other week while about half of single men wash their sheets in 10 weeks’ time or less. Overall, 65% of Americans claim they don’t have time to change their sheets regularly.
Washing your bedding can be time consuming, but be sure you’re washing them often enough. According to experts, pillowcases and sheets should be washed every week, while pillows can be washed every four to six months. While blanket users can go 3 months without washing their blankets, duvet users are recommended to wash their duvet covers every two to four weeks. Interestingly, more than 50% of Americans don’t believe in expert recommendations when it comes to changing bedding.
When it comes to better sleep, many people who were satisfied with their night’s rest use their sheets a little over 12 days between washes, while those who were unsatisfied use their sheets for almost 20 days before washing them. In the U.S. 68% of Americans struggle to fall asleep at least every week. Does this mean that the sheets should be changed completely? It actually might be a good idea to change them if you see holes in your sheets. Also, seeing seams fraying, noticing an odor even after a wash, or wake up with allergy symptoms.
Your Sheets Material Makes a Difference
Choosing your new sheets can be tough, but knowing exactly what you’re looking for can help. Several materials are used for sheets. Linen is a breathable fabric that’s usually more expensive than cotton and is prone to wrinkling. Polyester is a more affordable and durable option for bedding but is non-breathable and prone to staining. Silk is comfortable to use in any season but is extremely expensive and difficult to care for appropriately.
Cotton is typically the go-to for many with its moisture-wicking quality, high durability, and affordability. If you choose cotton, it’s important to know the staple length (or the length of the fibers used to create the sheets) you want. Long staple cotton have about 1.25-inch fibers and are sourced from India, Egypt, or the US. Short staple cotton have about 1.125-inch fibers and are usually labeled “100% cotton.”
It’s also beneficial to consider the weave used for your sheets. Different weaves can change the feel and strength of your sheets. Percale sheets are lightweight and wrinkle resistant. Sateen sheets are slightly heavier and silky. Twill sheets are wrinkle resistant and more affordable but prone to shrinkage. The thread count is another quality to consider when choosing sheets. Higher thread counts mean the fabric is smoother and more durable.
Ply is the number of fibers used to create one thread, and single-ply with a lower quality cotton is often considered better than two-ply. When considering the color of your sheets, it’s good to use your personality as a guideline. For example, those who are worried about cleanliness would like classic white while a morning person might prefer bright colors to promote morning wakefulness.
If you want a good night’s sleep, investing in quality bed sheets can be a great step to take.
Brian Wallace is a Columnist at Grit Daily. He is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host. He is the Founder and President of NowSourcing and has been featured in Forbes, TIME, and The New York Times. Brian previously wrote for Mashable and currently writes for Hacker Noon, CMSWire, Business 2 Community, and more. His Next Action podcast features entrepreneurs trying to get to the next level. Brian also hosts #LinkedInLocal events all over the country, promoting the use of LinkedIn among professionals wanting to grow their careers.