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The Best Fabrics For Sleep

The Best Fabrics For Sleep

By: Sarah Johnson- sjohnson@tuck.com  

So many elements go into creating a healthy sleep environment. How you sleep matters, from how much light and noise you’re exposed to, to the softness of your bedding or support from your mattress. Even temperature makes a difference. While there are many things you can do to improve your sleep environment, one of the easiest and most direct ways to improve the place where you sleep is to focus on the right fabrics.

Choosing the best fabrics for sleep can help you with comfort, temperature regulation, irritation, and more. When you’re sleeping on the right fabric, you can sink right into bed and get to sleep without being bothered. But, what should you look for?

Sleep Fabric Factors to Consider

So what is ideal when it comes to sleep fabrics? Some of the most important elements are:

  • Comfort
  • Softness
  • Breathability
  • Temperature regulation
  • Lightweight feel
  • Durability
  • Care
  • Moisture

Which Fabrics Work for Sleep?

Consider how these fabrics can help improve the quality of your sleep and make it easier to rest well each night.

Cotton: This natural fiber is soft, breathable, and durable. It’s easy to care for, and easy to find. However, you might feel too cold in cotton, and if you tend to sweat at night, that can be a problem as it can collect moisture.

Linen: Similar to cotton, linen is a natural fiber made from flax. It’s breathable and sleeps cool, and can be soft. It’s typically durable. However, it wrinkles easily, and is often more expensive than cotton.

Bamboo: Made from the exceptionally renewable bamboo plant, bamboo bedding is often among the most sustainable choices on the market. It’s antimicrobial, and is soft, breathable, and lightweight.

Wool: Wool is another natural fiber, made from the hair of a sheep or goat. While some wools can be itchy, and expensive, that’s not always the case. If you find the right wool, it can be soft, offer good insulation, is breathable, and can wick away moisture.

Silk: A luxurious natural fiber made from the cocoons of silkworms, silk is soft and strong. It has good insulation, too. However, it can absorb moisture, is often expensive, and it can be difficult to keep up with as it may require dry cleaning.

Rayon: Rayons are somewhat of a blend between natural and synthetic, and can be engineered to be a good fit for sleeping. Typically they are soft, breathable, and wrinkle resistant. Usually easy to care for, and they can be sustainably produced. But like many other fabrics for sleeping, the problem can be that they may hold on to moisture.

Synthetic fiber (polyester): Manufactured polyester is often not eco friendly, but it can offer good performance. It typically does not absorb moisture, is quick to dry, and easy to care for. It’s usually durable and resistant to wrinkles and fading.

Often, percale weave, sateen, jersey, microfiber, and flannel are good choices for bedding fabrics. You can use them for sheets, sleepwear, and more to enjoy comfort, softness, and good temperature regulation. But the right choice often comes down to your particular needs. For example, if you sleep hot, you need a cooler fabric that repels moisture. But others may prioritize warmth. Consider your needs when you’re looking for the right fabrics for sleep.




About Kohan Journal

Kohan Textile Journal is the leading magazine for the Textile industry, Textile machinery, Synthetic Fibers and Nonwovens in MENA region (the Middle East and North Africa) and is published every two months. It basically emphasizes on textile machinery, textile products, carpet and synthetic fibres distributed among the factories, manufacturers, and traders of floorcovering industries.l

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