03 Nov Finding Ideal Warm Sheets for Cold Weather
As the cold Utah winter slowly makes its way toward us, many people are thinking about warmth in several different settings. The sleep setting is often a chief candidate here, and one approach many people take during the cooler parts of the year involves switching to warmer sheets and other bedding materials.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re here not only to provide clients around Salt Lake City, Provo, American Fork and other parts of Utah with all their mattress needs, but also with other important sleep accessories like sheets, pillows, mattress protectors and more. Our sheets come in several varieties, including micro fiber, cotton, Egyptian cotton and even bamboo. Here are some of the key factors to consider when it comes to finding the ideal warm sheets for the upcoming winter, from material and thread count elements to ideal temperature range and more.
Warmth is Important – But With Limits
One important primer to consider before we get into specific sheet materials: Warmth is key for many of us during winter, but it’s important not to overdo it. In some cases, people may actually sleep better with slightly cooler temperatures in their rooms – the ideal temperature for sleep is between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, according to multiple studies.
As you look at potential sheets and bedding options for added warmth this winter, ensure you’re not going too far in the other direction. In particular, be careful when it comes to heavy fabrics or filling materials – while these may feel great for a few minutes, they could lead to excessive sweating and discomfort through the night.
Furthermore, look for ways to add warmth without going overboard. Sheets and bedding materials like flannel, fleece or even layers can be great ways to stay warm without feeling overheated.
The most impactful factor when it comes to sheet warmth is the material they’re made from. As we noted above, a few varieties available at 2 Brothers Mattress include these:
- Micro fiber: This is a soft, breathable material that’s also water-resistant and hypoallergenic. It’s more affordable than many other options.
- Cotton: The most popular bedding material around the globe, cotton offers excellent breathability and can be washed in hot water without damage.
- Egyptian cotton: A bit of an upgrade from traditional cotton, Egyptian cotton features longer fibers that make it more durable and softer.
- Bamboo: While not particularly warm on its own, bamboo can be great for cooler sleeping when blended with other materials that are better insulators. It’s also a sustainable option.
Another important factor here is thread count, which has to do with the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch in a sheet. Higher thread counts mean denser sheets, but it’s important to note that this isn’t the only factor in sheet quality. A 200-300 thread count sheet can be just as comfortable and durable as a 500+ count option.
Also worth considering with regard to thread count is the concept of breathability. Higher thread counts can sometimes trap body heat and make you feel too warm – consider trying a few different options to find your ideal balance.
As an extension of the above theme, sheets may also come with various filling materials designed to add warmth. Examples here include wool or down comforters, which can be great for staying warm at night. These are best for those who get cold easily, but be aware that heavier filling materials may not be appropriate for everyone.
One approach that’s been growing in popularity in recent years: Layering your bedding. This can include things like adding a warm blanket or throw on top of your sheets, or even using multiple blankets with different materials and densities depending on the night’s temperatures.
For instance, you might use a cotton sheet, followed by a wool blanket and then another layer of fleece. All of these will trap heat in their own way to keep you warm throughout the night, but they won’t do so as excessively as a single thick blanket. You can also try doubling up on sheets if necessary.
Finally, while warmth is important for many of us, it may not be necessary every single night during the winter. If you have a particularly warm evening in the forecast, consider reducing or even eliminating your added warmth measures – this will help prevent you from overheating and leading to poor sleep. Experimentation is key here – try different options until you find what works best for you personally.
In addition, consider turning down the heat during sleep hours. Not only will this save you money on energy costs, but it can also help you stick to that ideal sleep temperature range we mentioned earlier. You may be surprised at how much a few degrees of difference can impact your overall quality of sleep.
To learn more about our warm sheet options or any of our other bedding and mattress materials or services, speak to the staff at 2 Brothers Mattress today. We’re here to help you stay warm, comfortable and well-rested throughout the entire winter season, whether you’re in SLC, Provo, American Fork or any nearby area.