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You know that a great night’s sleep helps your skin look better, prevents the dreaded puffy and red eyes and promotes better immune system functioning. What you might not know is that what you wear to sleep has a big impact on how well you sleep.
Use these tips to find out what you should actually wear to bed in order to have a deep, restful sleep and feel energized in the morning.
Cotton is the most commonly used material for sleepwear. It’s inexpensive and easily available. It can also be machine-washed and dried in a clothes dryer, making it easy to care for. However, if you tend to get sweaty or too hot in your sleep, the cotton fabric will absorb the moisture and make your skin wet and clammy. This could interfere with your ability to maintain comfortable body temperature while you sleep.
Silk is one of the softest materials you could choose for pyjamas. In addition to being gentle on your skin, it also promotes thermoregulation. If you’re hot, it helps you cool off. If you’re cold, it helps you get warmer. However, silk is difficult to launder. You’ll need to hand wash it and let it air dry. Silk can also cause mischief if you use a satin or high thread count sheets. It creates friction when you move around in your sleep, and that friction might make you wake up during the night.
Stay Warm in Flannel
If your internal thermostat runs cold, you probably like to wear cosy pyjamas. If you live in a place with cold winter weather or in an older house with a few drafty spots, you need some warm pyjamas. Flannel is a wise choice. Known for softness, it is made from cotton or a blend of cotton and polyester. It’s soft, breathable and strong. The breathable nature of flannel reduces sweating and allows heat to get away from your body, so you won’t wake up with clammy skin.
Avoid Allergies With Bamboo
Bamboo fabric is soft. It feels like silk, but it doesn’t use any animal-based fibres. Organic bamboo is eco-friendly, too. Fabric made from bamboo is hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for anyone who has sensitive skin. It wicks moisture away from the body, helping you stay cool while you sleep. Bamboo is fully biodegradable, so you can feel confident that this sleepwear is good for the environment.
Keep Cool in Polyester
Today’s polyester isn’t like your grandma’s. Modern polyester is often blended with cotton or rayon, promoting better air circulation and heat dissipation. If you sweat a lot in your sleep, polyester has good moisture-wicking properties. Polyester lasts for a long time, so you won’t have to replace your pyjamas every couple of months. It’s easy to launder and doesn’t require any special detergents that might trigger skin allergies.
Try Your Birthday Suit
You might be surprised to learn that doctors and scientists alike recommend sleeping in your birthday suit. Doing this allows your body to regulate its own temperature. For women, sleeping in the nude is also better for gynaecological health. When your skin is in contact with the sheets, your body stays cooler and sweat can evaporate away from your skin. This reduces acne and blackheads from excess oil and buildup.