A good night’s sleep is critical to human health. In order to get high quality sleep, people need the right equipment: suitable bedding. In 2021, the world spent over $87 billion on new bedding. But how can you, as an individual consumer, know what bedding to buy? Once you have good bedding, how do you achieve the best results with it? The answer to each question is careful consideration and routine maintenance, respectively.
How do you know when you need to buy new sheets? It’s time to buy new sheets if the seams are splitting or fraying, odor lingers even after a wash, or you wake up with allergy symptoms. When choosing new sheets, material is a key factor. Cotton is a classic for a reason: it’s low maintenance, durable, and maximizes comfort for all seasons. In assessing quality, thread count is no longer the sole measuring stick. Anything above 250 is suitably durable. Instead, consider ply, staple length, and weave if quality is a concern.
Once you have new sheets, wash them every 1-2 weeks for best results. Surveys show that people who wash their sheets more often are more satisfied with their sleep quality. Sadly, most Americans forget this.