Correct Beddings For A Good Night’s Sleep

December 24, 2018

One of the most important ways of ensuring you get a good night’s sleep is to ensure you choose good beddings. These include the sheets, pillows, mattresses, and blankets. 

So, what should you consider when buying your beddings? We will look at each and give tips on what to look for:

  • Mattresses

These are the most basic part of your bedding. Buying a mattress is a major purchase, because unlike sheets and pillows you cannot buy many of them and change them at will. Consider buying a mattress from a company that has no issue with returns in case of a faulty product. Some companies will give a 30-day window within which you can return the mattress if you have a problem with it. Mattresses are fairly expensive and you may want to take your time when buying one.

Know the size of your bed, so that you have correct measurements at the store. Test the mattress before you buy it. Yes, this means the full test, stretch out, sit up, curl to the side, lie on your back, and ensure that you are comfortable and that the mattress provides the firmness you want.  Whatever it takes to test the mattress, do it before you part with any money. 

Speaking of firmness, how firm do you want it to be? For those with back problems consider the wide range of mattresses that provide comfort for people with back issues, for instance, those with gel memory foam are a good buy. Do not go for the firmest or orthopedic mattresses, because they may cause more harm than good. Your mattress should offer support for your body no matter which position you sleep in. Make sure it aligns your spine correctly, if you sink into the mattress then it will not offer the support you need. 

You also have a wide range of mattresses available to choose from including innerspring mattresses that provide good support and are fairly inexpensive, but are not very durable. Memory foam mattresses are expensive, but can get hot and very uncomfortable during summer. Hybrid mattresses combine innerspring and memory foam and air mattresses allow you to customize the firmness as you like. 

Change your mattress every 8 years but this depends on quality. Latex mattresses can last up to 14 years and though expensive they will offer you durability. 

  • Pillows

Pillows are important because they provide support for your neck head and promote body alignment when sleeping. If you wake up with a sore neck or shoulders then you know it is time to change your pillow. What should you consider?

Buy a pillow that will provide support whatever your preferred sleeping position is. If you sleep on your back, you may want to consider a pillow that will prop you up so as to avoid breathing problems and snoring. If you are a pillow hugger, buy something that is soft and fluffy.  Just ensure that whatever you buy gives your head and neck proper support.  

The size of the pillow is largely determined by the size of your bed. A king size bed will look better with a big pillow but you may prefer to have many small pillows.

What is your budget? Expensive is not necessarily good. Go for trusted brands that have quality products.

How firm do you want your pillow to be? Do you want super firm or fluffy, once you decide chose the material accordingly. Memory foam and latex can be very firm while down which is expensive will give you fluffier pillows. 

Other considerations to take into account are whether you can wash them, do you have allergies to the material used, and whether they are comfortable. 

  • Sheets

Consider the thread count and the type of material used to make the sheets. Cotton-polyester sheets are wrinkle resistant, durable, and relatively inexpensive. Pure cotton sheets are soft and cool to the skin and easy to clean. 

Sheets with a thread count of above 180 are durable and have a crisp feel. More intricate weaves feel textured and are more expensive. 

Most manufacturers treat their sheets with chemicals to keep their shape and avoid wrinkling. If you suffer from allergies or sensitivity to chemicals, you may want to consider chemical free pure finish sheets. 

Dyed sheets may initially feel stiff. The softer and more expensive colored sheets are made of yarn dyed fabrics. If you do not mind the cost then this would be an option to consider. 

  • Blankets

Buy a blanket with some extra inches to tuck in sides and bottom. You will needto measure your bed to ensure you buy the correct size. 

Fabric choice is important. Chose a fabric that you can wash repeatedly, without losing the shape or wearing out. Cotton blankets are good for people with allergies. Be cognizant of the seasons, lightweight blankets are great for summer while the heavier ones like woolen blankets are good for summer. The will keep you warm without retaining moisture but may notbe the best for those who aresensitive to wool. 

Different weaves provide different levels of warmth and weight. Thermal weaves allow air to circulate, knits are heavy and warm while conventional blankets offer great insulation for body heat. 

You may want to consider electric blankets to let you adjust the temperature. These work well during winter.

Final thoughts 

Good beddings will aid in getting good quality sleep. It pays to pay attention to what you are buying. The whole idea is to shop smart. Look for quality without spending too much money. Consider the season and shop accordingly. What you use during winter may not work during summer. Can you easily clean what you have bought, does the shop have a return window for faulty goods, are the products durable, do they look good, do they provide proper support for your body. 

It would be a good idea to write down a realistic wish list, do your research and read product reviews before going shopping. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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