Recently, my partner and I just moved into our newly renovated home. When the contractor initially told us that our new house would be move-in-ready in about 3 months from when we bought it, you could imagine just how excited we are to finally move in—18 months later.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’re probably well acquainted with the fact that I love everything about sleep and sleep products (and if you weren’t before, you are now!). So, during those dreadfully long 18 months of construction I could only dream of how incredible it would feel to finally be sleeping in my new home. In my mind I was conjuring up all the essentials in curating our new luxurious sleeping environment: a plush new Duxiana mattress (bougie, right?), soft pillows, and cool silky sheets. We spend about one-third of our life sleeping in bed (PubMed), so why not invest in your bed?
Albeit reality hit once I saw the price of a Dux mattress (that dream was quickly crushed), but I was still determined to find the perfect sheets. Quality sheets can properly regulate your body temperature to keep you cool at night, thus making you feel more relaxed, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety. Additionally, quality bed sheets are good for your skin, especially for those of us with sensitive skin and allergies. Although after a quick google search (i.e. “what sheets are best for ‘hot sleepers?’”), I quickly realized finding the right sheets would be a little more difficult than I thought. From all the different brands, reviews, price points, thread counts, fabrics, and individual characteristics of each fabric, finding the right sheets catered to my sleeping habits and wants was quite overwhelming. So, I decided to dedicate this blog to briefly describe the characteristics of certain types of sheets, who might benefit from certain types of sheets, and my recommendation per each type.
The classic. You can never go wrong with a pair of cotton sheets, especially if sourced from Egypt. They’re durable, light, breathable, and widely considered the “cream of the crop” for luxury sheets (Sleep Foundation). Enough said.
My recommendation for cotton sheets: https://www.silkandsnow.com/en-us/egyptian-cotton-bed-sheets/
I was reluctant to initially included linen in this list, in my mind they seemed quite scratchy and potentially could get a little gross. Although to my dismay, one of my sons recently bought linen sheets and I must say… boy was I wrong! Linen does an unrivaled job of keeping you cool under the covers while also being one of the best hypoallergenic sheets. Hot sleepers and allergy sufferers will surely appreciate the benefits of tucking into some linen sheets at night (Real Simple).
My recommendation for Linen sheets: https://www.the-citizenry.com/products/stonewashed-linen-sheet-sets?sscid=91k6_7cmb8&v=20152720195657
When I initially discovered percale I thought… what the heck is percale? Come to find out, percale is your classic crisp white sheet with a matte finish. Perfect for summer months, percale is light, breathable, and soft to the touch, making it a great option for warmer weather and hot sleepers (Peacock Alley).
My recommendation for Percale sheets: https://www.rileyhome.com/bedding/percale-sheet-set?sscid=91k6_7bmrc
A little bit heavier (and perhaps sexier) than percale, sateen is known for being super smooth, drapey, and durable (per a high thread count), sateen is a great option for those who want their sheets to feel silky. Albeit I would warn folks that sateen is heavier and warmer, especially for those who consider themselves hot sleepers, sateen is perfect for those who always get cold at night.
My recommendation for Sateen sheets: https://www.cuddledown.com/itemdy00.aspx?T1=Z5705+985+32+15
Bamboo is easily my top top choice. They, in my humble (unbiased?) opinion, are the most comfortable, durable, and healthy for your skin (in terms of reducing moisture build-up, and thus bacteria living in your bed). The bamboo fibers feel extra silky to the touch without sacrificing breathablity and temperature regulation (Sleep Foundation).
My recommendation for Bamboo: https://simplyorganicbamboo.com/
Personally, my partner and I decided on bamboo sheets for their durability, comfortability, and health benefits. We’re both hot sleepers that enjoy a silky crisp sheet so bamboo’s ability to keep your body temperature cool was a bit of a no-brainer after my long-winded research. Now, finally in my new home, I crawl into bed each night (and admittedly most afternoons), spray some of our SleepSwag crystal sleep mist on my pillow, throw on my SleepSwag silk sleep mask, and crawl underneath my cool sheets awaiting the moment I drift off into dreamland.