By Angelica Bottaro
There is no arguing that sleep is one of the most important—if not THE most important—things you can do right. When sleep is all wrong, it really messes with your entire life. Being tired and not getting enough rest compromises your physical and mental health. It doesn’t do your looks any favours, either.
When you think of getting a good sleep, you probably don’t automatically assume that your sheets have anything to do with it, but you would be wrong. After all, what you sleep on is a massive part of your overall comfort levels throughout the night. But did you know that there are types of sheets that can not only improve your overnight comfort levels—they can improve your health in other ways?
Well, there are, and they are made of SILK. That’s right! That soft, luxe fabric that seems to be so high end it’s almost a crime to keep it to yourself in your bedroom, can do wonders for you. Here are five reasons why you need silk sheets, like now.
Silk is undoubtedly smooth; there is no denying that. But did you know that the soft texture of the sheets can actually improve your complexion? The friction that you don’t even notice with other bedding types is completely eliminated when you use silk sheets, making your complexion clearer and more even.
While silk sheets are making your face look fresh, they’re also doing an incredible number on your hair while you sleep. Silk pillows have been making the rounds on Instagram because of this exact benefit. Sleeping on silk keeps your hair from tearing in the night. It also helps your hair retain moisture, stay untangled, and damage-free. The cherry on top? You will wake up with some gleaming locks.
Did Someone Say Allergies?
While not everyone suffers from allergies, those who do, know just how annoying they are. The constant sneezing, itchy eyes, and shortness of breath are terrible to deal with, especially if they affect your sleep. The good news? Silk sheets may just be the knight in shining armour you’ve been looking for.
If you suffer from allergies sleeping on silk sheets may make breathing easier, letting you have the best sleep you’ve had in like, so long. Unlike other fabrics that hold onto extra moisture, making allergens that much worse, silk manages to remove it, giving you further allergy prevention.
Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
There are several different aspects of comfort that can be taken to the next level if you switch to silk. Silk sheets are kind of like a superhero in that way. For example, using a silk duvet that is light and airy gives you a sound sleep.
Another great benefit when it comes to comfort is temperature control. Silk is super breathable; any body heat and sweat that would get trapped under your typical bedding manages to escape super easily. This leaves you feeling warm but not too warm and dry all night long.
The science behind the unmatched comfort level of silk has to do with the fabric’s keen ability to erase static electricity and heat conductivity. When there is no pesky heat-trapping going on, your body stays as comfortably warm or as pleasantly cool as you need it to be all night long.
What’s Better Than Au Natural?
Unlike those synthetic fabrics mostly used for bedding, silk is a natural product. The natural fibres have more bounce and a super luxurious feel compared to other fabric types. This is part of the reason why they can be so beneficial to your health. Natural may not always mean healthy, but it definitely does in the case of silk sheets.
It’s pretty obvious that we’re all exposed to chemicals every single day of our lives. Even the air that we breathe is full of them! So, why not add something to your life that can help minimize your chemical exposure?
Unlike other fabrics that are treated with harsh chemicals to make sure it doesn’t burst in flames or wrinkle too easily, pure silk isn’t treated with anything. It doesn’t have to be! It is naturally wrinkle-free and fire-resistant, which is excellent for people trying to reduce their chemical exposure.
The one downside to silk is that it is not very ethical in its production unless you source cruelty-free versions.
So, there you have it! Silk is by far the best option for your overall sleep hygiene and comfort levels throughout the night. One bonus is that silk really does just feel luxurious, no matter what. It’s that smooth, and for lack of a better word, silky texture that provides the benefits, the comfort, and the feeling as though you’re sleeping in some chic hotel instead of your own bed at home. So, what are you waiting for?