5. Protecting Against Allergens
To protect yourself from dust mites and the allergic reactions they trigger, you may want to invest in allergy covers for your mattress, box spring, and pillows. Choose quality, zippered allergy covers that completely encase your mattress and box springs. A quality cover will create a barrier against more than 99% of the dust mites, pet dander, and pollens that trigger allergic reactions. Sleeping on mattress protectors does not mean you will sacrifice sleep to crinkly, crackly, plastic-feeling products. Many protectors on the market today boast soft, crinkle-free fabrics.
4. Keeping Cool
According to the National Sleep Foundation, you will sleep better in a cool environment. Maintaining a room temperature between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit offers the optimal sleep benefit. It also helps to prevent the discomfort, loss of sleep, and drenched sheets associated with night sweats. If you don’t have air conditioning or suffer the night sweats associated with menopause, you may not be able to avoid overheating at night. In this case, you may want to check out cooling bedding products such as cooling pillows or blankets. These items contain naturally cooling fibers or cooling gel technology to ease your sleep.
3. Storing Sheets
You may enjoy taking your sheets straight from the dryer or clothesline and placing them on your bed to enjoy their clean, fresh scent. On the other hand, you may have several sets of sheets that require storing between uses. Architectural Digest recommends protecting clean sheets against dust by encasing them in white fabric storage bags before placing them in a cool, dry, linen closet. Use sweet-smelling sachets or scented drawer liners to keep your linens smelling lovely. The Laundress offers a lavender sachet that keeps your linens smelling fresh while warding off bugs and moths.
2. Folding Fitted Sheets
No matter how many cute videos pop up on the internet demonstrating the ease of folding fitted sheets, this task still confounds many of us. If you are willing to give it another go, Crane and Canopy offers a 1 ½ minute video on How to Fold a Fitted Sheet in Seconds. Give it some practice, and soon you will be able to wrestle your fitted sheets into submission. If not, smooth them as best you can, fold them up tight, and call it good.
1. Purchasing New Sheets
It is time to replace your sheets when they become thin, stained, or worn. Cotton is an excellent fabric for sheets as it is soft, breathable, and easily washable. Additionally, you may enjoy sheets made of linen, bamboo, sateen, or percale. In general, a thread count of between 200 and 800 will provide a soft, durable bed sheet. However, thread count isn’t the only critical factor in determining a high-quality sheet. Tuck recommends considering the weave, fabric material, and ply count in addition to thread count when shopping for new bed linens.Related: 6 Diseases Caused by a Lack of Sleep