How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

With Daylight Savings in full swing, longer days mean longer time away from bed, so getting the most of your sleep is essential. The often overlooked items that help? They are made with cotton! Read below to find out the many proven reasons of why cotton has been proven to help you sleep longer and, more importantly, better.


IT’S MORE COMFORTABLE OVER TIME

You know your favorite cotton shirt gets more comfortable with every wash and, unsurprisingly, so do your cotton sheets. Vikki Martin, Director of Quality Research at Cotton, describes what determines comfort in cotton saying, “The actual shape and size of this fiber leads to its comfort. The diameter of a cotton fiber... and its thinness, what we call a fineness, and the fact that it has it tapered end. So when it is sticking out of the surface of the yarns and the fabric, it results in a very soothing and comforting touch.”


IT HAS THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE

Natural fibers, like cotton, are also best if you get hot at night*. Cotton has the ability to transfer excessive heat from the skin to the outside environment. Its natural wicking system (due to the hydrophilic, or water-loving, character) has the ability to maintain the decrease of temperature after sleep, allowing you to get into an even deeper sleep**. That breathability will also leave your face and skin smoother while keeping that cool temperature of the other side of the pillow you love.


YOUR HAIR WILL STAY INTACT

Cotton doesn’t attract static electricity, meaning your perfect beach waves will remain intact in the morning. Textile Chemist, Erik Phillips explains that cotton, “doesn’t have too much of a tendency to lose its electrons or gather electrons. Instead it likes to maintain a relatively neutral position so at the end of the day, cotton is a great choice for controlling static electricity.”


Add those fun facts to the long lasting durability of the fabric and you have yourself a no brainer!


*Get A Good Nights Sleep 7 Practical Steps, Yinka Thomas MSc
**Comfort Testing Project Report, April 2014

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