How Do You Sleep at Night?

We spend almost a third of our lives in bed and knowing how you sleep is crucial in picking the right bedlinen for you, heat, cold, sleeping posture and position are all important issues when selecting your next mattress toppers, pillow and down duvet. To give you a few pointers on sleeping posture we have a general guide to go by but for more in-depth advice it is always wise to seek out professional help from your bedding specialists who can go through the many attributes of the products they sell. If they cannot give you enough information on the ranges they sell then they should not really be asking you to buy them, many major high street retailers cannot offer in depth practical information of their products as the staff they employ do not have enough experience in the bedding industry.

Duvets
Duvets

Back to the general guide, if you sleep on your front the majority of the time then your posture is quite straight, advising you to buy firm or posturepeadic products such as mattresses and pillows would not be practical as this would alter the alignment of your spine causing unnecessary neck and back pain. Softer pillows such as pure down and medium anti allergy micro down pillows would be the best recommendation as this would allow the weight of the head to rest naturally giving a better level of comfort and relaxation. The majority of people sleep on their back; once again a firm pillow would cause too much strain at the nape of the neck and cause the head to rise unnaturally. Back and neck pain would occur very soon within one to two nights sleep, a softer pillow would be more suitable. Good quality two chamber mattress toppers would help here as they offer more posture control and do not allow the body to sink too much into the fillings which can restrict movement during the night.

Siberian Goosedown Duvets and Pillows
Siberian Goosedown Duvets and Pillows

One of the better positions when sleeping is to rest on the side of the body, this naturally allows the head, neck and spine to align better but you will need a much firmer pillow in order to take the weight of the head and keep it in the correct position. A softer pillow will allow the head to rest lower than the neck causing too much discomfort. Side sleepers can also use a softer mattress topper, single chamber and anti allergy micro fibre options can be used as they allow much more suppleness and comfort allowing the body to rest on its pressure points naturally.
Having covered briefly the ins and outs of posture, heat and cold are two other equally important factors, some people prefer to be snug and warm while others prefer to be cooler with less weight in the bedding items they use to cover them while they sleep. The best quality duvets and pillows are made from natural products such as feathers and down, light, breathable and excellent insulators make for a premium bedding product. Down duvets are also extremely light and release trapped warmth helping the body maintain a healthy temperature no matter what the conditions are. Duck Feather and Down and Goose Feather and Down are the main fillings, a good choice and value for money, Duck Down and Goose Down are the preferred options when cost is not a deciding factor as pure 100% Down Duvets can cost nearly three times the amount of the feather and down alternative.
Pure down duvets are more luxurious and comfortable, not only are they light but they do not have any quills in the filling which leaves the down feeling soft and sumptuous. You will get all the benefits of the warmth and natural cooling properties of the duvet without the weight issues associated with lesser duvet qualities. However, if you still like to feel you are wrapped up in something substantial then feather and down duvets are your best option as you will feel snug as a bug! More filling is required to achieve the same level of insulation but unfortunately this weight gain is not conducive to releasing warm air so therefore they cannot cool the body down as efficiently.

Climarelle Cool Bedding and Mattress Protection
Climarelle Cool Bedding and Mattress Protection

Manmade fibres such as Climerelle Down, microdown and microfiber are inherently anti allergy and offer good levels of warmth and comfort and are used in every bedding application such as pillows, mattress toppers, duvets and quilted mattress protectors. Microdown fillings act like tiny clusters of down that are light and springy and give a good quality feel when used in a duvet, the fibres bounce back to shape no matter what they have been subjected to. The hollow fillings also trap warm air which will give good loft and is generally very good during the colder months, the products are much cheaper than natural fillings and are considered to be good value. Manmade fibres are also much more capable when washing and can normally been used in a domestic washing machine.
Both natural and micodown duvets use the European TOG rating scale which is a universal scale to measure the thermal insulation properties of a given filling or duvet. The warmest rating is 15.0 TOG, this essentially is a winter rated duvet. Designed to keep out the cold and trap any warm body heat and store it within the filling which will keep the body warm all night long, great if you like to sleep snug in a colder room. Coming down from this, more and more popular is the 13.5 and the 10.5 TOG duvet, this is also excellent during the colder months if you have the heating on low or live in a modern home which is very well insulated from the elements. 9 TOG and 7 TOG are rated for the autumn and spring months whereas the 4.5 TOG duvets are designed for summer use.
Other important factors to consider is the duvet covers, mattress toppers and mattress protectors, in order to keep the mattress in tip top condition we need to protect it very well as we lose moisture every night when we perspire and we also shed dead skin, this is completely natural and everyone does it whether they know or not. Being able to have a washable barrier like a fitted sheet and mattress protector that you can throw in the wash every few days is essential. Go for good quality Egyptian cotton sheets and 100% Cotton Mattress protectors that have anti allergy fillings then you can be rest assured of complete peace of mind while you sleep.

Why Egyptian Cotton is the Best Bedlinen

Egyptian Cotton
Egyptian Cotton

Everybody has heard of Egyptian cotton, if you love luxury bedding then you will agree that sheets made from Egyptian cotton are the best in the world. Some of the finest hotels worldwide only use cotton made in Egypt as their customers only expect the very finest and most comfortable bedding and they would not pay for an inferior level of service. So why is Egyptian Cotton so popular and why does it deserve its reputation for being a luxury super soft cool crisp fabric which is ideal for all bedroom and bathroom products, well the secret is in the location and harvesting of the crop.

Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover
Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover

Egyptian cotton is grown traditionally in Egypt as the name suggests although America have created their own long staple cotton know as Pima cotton to rival the quality of Egyptian cotton. Along the banks of the river Nile Delta region is the traditional growing place for Egyptian cotton, as the humid conditions and the rich soil make the perfect conditions to grow long cotton fibres. Egyptian cotton is classed as extra long staple cotton and this is why its quality is much better than cotton found in other regions in the world such as china and the far east. Egyptian cotton fibres are traditionally softer when spun and can produce much finer yarns due to the long fibres which do not split or break during manufacture. Egyptian cotton is customarily picked by hand rather than machines meaning the fibres are not disturbed during harvest keeping them soft and undamaged. The high grade cotton is then spun into fine yarns that are soft yet strong and durable and this is a base yarn that can be weaved to produce any finished Egyptian cotton product. There is a range of finishes for products made from Egyptian cotton each with a different quality which is determined by the thread count.

Egyptian Cotton Sheet
Egyptian Cotton Sheets

A thread count of 180-200 is classed as standard Egyptian cotton with anything having a thread count of over 200 is classed as luxury with the higher the thread count the softer the finish. Egyptian cotton makes a wonderful material for textiles and is perfect for making lavish high quality Egyptian Cotton Bedding amongst other things.
Egyptian cotton can be used in almost anything from towels to clothes to table cloths. The trick to getting the best from Egyptian cotton products is to look for items that are made from 100% Egyptian cotton with a higher thread count as this will give you the softest most luxurious finish. Thread counts are measured by the number of threads in a square inch so the higher the thread count the softer and better quality the material. So if you have a cotton sheet with a 200 thread count and one with a 600 thread count you can expect the high thread count sheet to have a better quality and softer finish. Egyptian cotton is generally hard wearing and will last for many years getting even softer with every wash, making it more superior than cheaper cottons that will eventually start to fall apart and feel less comfortable over time.

Egyptian cotton Bedlinen extremely absorbent which makes it the ideal material for towels, as you don’t want to get out of the shower or bath and spend ages rubbing your skin to get dry. Although Egyptian cotton products can be pricier than standard cotton products the benefits easily outweigh the price difference and you are guaranteed to get a long lasting high quality product you just won’t see with standard cotton

Designer Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Sheridan Designer Duvet Covers
Sheridan Designer Duvet Covers

There are several options available today when you are searching for luxury bedding. When your search includes mattress protectors and mattress toppers and fitted cotton sheets, you will find that you have many fabulous choices to select from. Opting for designer bedding from manufacturers such as Belledorm, Sheridan and Peter Reed can be a fun and rewarding way of passing the time. You will find that there are many different styles, patterns and colours available for you to choose from. In addition, there are styles by many different designers as well.

When you have a particular fabric in mind such as Pima Cotton or Egyptian Cotton, you are sure to find just the right designer bed linen. When you need things such as fitted sheets and duvet covers, you can find these items with other designer bedding as well. Most of the designers offer a variety of choices for the items that you might need which will include mattress protectors and mattress toppers.

Designer Duvet Sets
Designer Duvet Sets

The various choices in designer bedding can include a variety of different types of material manufacturers use in bed linen which might include cotton or silk. Mattress protectors and mattress toppers too can be made from various types of material and have a protective lining on the back to provide the needed protection to the mattress and fire regulations within the UK.
People today like to have a variety of choices for things such bedding and duvets, you will be able to select something different for each bedroom in your house. This helps with the decorating of a new room or works to change the look when you want to update. Neutral colours such as cream, ivory and white wallpaper and paint mean you can dress your bed using much darker colours. Rich deep shades are now very prominent such as wine, burgundy and even black and light grey anthracite such as found in Sheridan Millennia Stripe Bedding range.

Sheridan Millennia Anthracite Bedding Range
Sheridan Millennia Anthracite Bedding Range

Additionally, designer bedding tends to be made from high quality materials. Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton linens are a stronger and more robust material which means that they will last longer than other options. When you purchase a higher quality item, you will find that there is no substitute for quality and comfort. There are many sources available today for these items, when shopping online you will find that you have a wide variety of choices that will offer you many different designers, styles, patterns, colours and materials than you could expect to see in the average high street department store. When shopping in a physical store, you will be able to touch the items to determine if you like the feel, an activity that isn’t available online. However, you might find that the prices available online are lower than those in store. Some people like to window shop offline and then make their purchases online.