All You Need To Know About Cotton

All You Need To Know About Cotton

Cotton is a fibre that we all use in our day to day lives. It is a soft, fluffy fibre made of cellulose that grows in a protective case, around the seed of the cotton plant. Available naturally, cotton is an incredibly breathable fabric, so will feel cool against your skin.

Benefits of Cotton

Cotton is:

  • Temperature regulating
  • Durable
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Biodegradable

How Does Cotton Regulate my Temperature?

Cotton is a natural fabric that allows your skin to breathe and doesn’t trap heat under the covers. More breathable than oil-based synthetic fabrics, it is designed to keep you cool and dry throughout the night, drawing moisture away from your skin and onto the fabric.

Cotton Thread Count Explained

The thread count of cotton refers to how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the higher the quality. Standard cotton has a thread count of around 150. Good quality cotton starts at a thread count of 180. Egyptian cotton uses finer threads, meaning more can be woven into each square inch. This creates a finer, softer and more flexible material1.

 

Resistant to Pilling

There’s nothing worse than finding your favourite duvet cover has started to pill. Pills are balls of tangled fibres that pop up on the material when the fabric rubs against another material. It mainly affects nylon and polyester blends, but cotton does not pill, instead of shedding any pills when washed2.

Belledorm 200TC Egyptian Cotton Oxford Pillowcase

How is Cotton Hypoallergenic?

100% pure cotton, unique cotton blends and organic cotton is hypoallergenic. It is just as effective as other materials and can be a cheaper alternative3. Irritating synthetic pesticides or chemicals are not used in the growth or production of organic cotton so it is ideal in reducing the risks of allergies and asthma4.


Velfont Respira Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Pillow Cover and Protector

How is Cotton Biodegradable?

Cool Cotton Filled Duvet 3 Tog 100% Natural

Cotton is a natural material that is completely biodegradable. These properties mean that it will break down when put into a composting bin. It is one of the most biodegradable fabrics you can have with some cotton taking as little as a week to biodegrade in compost. Usually, it will take around 5 months. When composting it is recommended that you cut or tear the fabric into small strips and remember to remove any buttons or zippers. It can also be easily reused and recycled and is often used for insulation, upholstery stuffing and carpet padding5.

 

 

 

 

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Bedding to keep you cool at night

Many of us will have experienced uncomfortable, sweaty nights that make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. Have you ever questioned whether your bedding may be the culprit?

Night sweats are very common. Both men and women suffer from them, but that doesn’t mean you need to endure them.

Low-tog/ breathable duvets

Tog is a measure of warmth – the higher the tog, the warmer the duvet. By adjusting the tog and breathability of your duvet to suit warmer evenings, you will be able to guarantee yourself a cooler night’s sleep. Wake up refreshed with the Fine Bedding Co. Spundown Duvet – the ideal quilt for the summer or for those hot sleepers with a super light 4.5 tog.

Temperature regulating duvets

The fibre in wool naturally regulates your body temperature making it perfect for couples or individuals. SlumberSlumber by Penrose Natural Wool Summer Duvet offers breathable and temperature regulating luxury at a great value and is perfect to help you keep warm in winter and cool in summer.

Climate control

Climate control duvets help keep your body temperature regulated throughout the night. The Fine Bedding Company Breathe 7 tog helps to perfectly regulate the temperature and humidity of your bed, giving you a more restful night’s sleep.

Silk

Silk allows your skin to retain its natural moisture. Unlike traditional bed sheets which draw moisture from your skin and hair as you sleep. Silk is naturally hypo-allergenic and therefore perfect for allergy sufferers. In warm conditions, silk can help draw heat from your body to keep you cool. We would recommend the Mulberry Silk Pillowcase 100% 19 momme, Ivory.

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Bamboo is silky soft, breathable and 3 times more absorbent than cotton. The fabric wicks away moisture naturally regulating body temperature, keeping you comfortably warm in winter and cool in the summer – giving you a great night’s sleep. The Bamboo Pillowcase 100% is a luxurious pillowcase for your bed which helps regulate your temperature and keep moisture and sweat at bay.

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You may have experienced the unpleasant feeling of waking up in the middle of the night only to find that you, your bedding and your bedclothes are drenched in sweat. The medical term for this is nocturnal hyperhidrosis – meaning ‘night time excessive sweating’.

‘Night sweats’ are uncomfortable, but you don’t have to suffer in silence as they can often be helped by making some simple adjustments to your sleep routine. Here are 6 reasons why you’re sweating at night:

1. Duvets

There could be a simple explanation for your night sweats. If you’re using a 13.5 tog duvet in August – you may just be far too warm! During summer, you can help yourself have a much more comfortable night’s sleep by de-togging your duvet and opting for a thinner duvet such as Cool Cotton filled 3 tog duvet. Read our article for all you need to know about togs.

 2. Pillows

Your pillow could also be contributing to your night sweats. Some pillows help to disperse heat, allowing you to stay cool during the night. The Australian Wool Blend Pillow provides outstanding neck and head support whilst retaining a soft wool feel that resists flattening and bounces back easily after use. Wool helps to regulate temperature, affording you a cool and comfortable night’s sleep.

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 3. Bedclothes

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 4. Bed sheets

Your bed sheets can also be a contributing factor to your night sweats. Materials like silk can also help you keep cool as the temperature gets warmer. The Bamboo Fitted Sheet will fit any bed and is designed for comfort, style and durability. Another option to consider is the SlumberCool Climate Control Mattress Protector, which has a thermoregulating technology that transports moisture and heat away from your body.

 5. Menopause

Night sweats could also be a symptom of menopause. Keep cool by avoiding hot baths or spicy food before bed, wearing cool nightwear and choosing temperature regulating bed linen can all help you to gain a good night’s sleep.

Read our article on everything you need to know about the menopause.

6. Medical conditions

By adjusting your sleeping environment to suit the temperature of your bedroom, you may find it far easier to stay cool at night. However, if you are suffering from night sweats and your room is a normal temperature – then your night sweats could be a symptom of more serious disorders.

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  1. Keep cool

    Water – the most natural remedy on Earth – could help you combat your night sweats. By drinking a glass of ice cold water before bed, you will help yourself stay cool even during the warmest nights.

    Placing a fan in your room at night, opening a window and having a tepid bath before bed will also help you stay cool at night.

    Wearing thinner and cooler pyjamas will also help you stay cool. Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear helps to regulate body temperature while sleeping.

  1. Lifestyle changes

    Simple lifestyle changes may help you avoid night sweats. Avoiding hot drinks, spicy food and alcohol before bed will help to reduce your body temperature. Studies have shown that daily exercise helps to reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats.

    Sleeping in natural, breathable fibres such as wool at night can also help to regulate your body temperature. Read ‘Bedding to keep you cool at night’ for further advice.

  2.  Acupuncture

    Studies have shown that regular acupuncture treatments help to reduce night sweats in menopausal women by 28%.

  3. Oils and herbs

    Herbal supplements have also been known to reduce overheating during sleep. Studies have shown that Black Cohosh, a member of the buttercup family, could help to alleviate symptoms of menopause and night sweats. Berries from the chaste tree have been used for thousands of years. Studies today show that they can help reduce symptoms of menopause such as night sweats.

  4.  Vitamins

    Not only do vitamins form an important part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle – they are also known for helping to reduce night sweats. Women who supplement their diet with multivitamins, in particular vitamin C, have often seen a reduction in menopause symptoms such as night sweats. If natural remedies do not alleviate your symptoms, or if you are unsure then it might be worth a trip to your GP.

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Personal Cooling Guide

Personal Cooling Guide

If you’re too hot at night or even find your room is too hot to sleep, it can mean a long, restless night of tossing and turning. We have a guide to help you keep cool in bed and sleep better.

Before going to bed make your bedroom cool and comfortable…

Your bedroom should always be the coolest room in the house. In the summer months open a window to allow a draft to flow through, dissipating the heat. If you have air conditioning it is best to put it on for half an hour before going to bed, making sure you close all windows before doing so. It is not recommended to keep it on all night as it can dry out the air resulting in a dry throat and breathing issues.

Personal bed coolers are ideal for limiting the cooling process, as they fit conveniently and quietly at the foot of your bed.

Don’t consume caffeinated drinks or alcohol before bed…

Caffeine and alcohol raise blood pressure and can make your body feel hotter. Big meals before bed should also be avoided as over-active digestion can increase your body temperature. Drink plenty of water during the evening and keep a glass of water by your bed.

While in bed wear light clothing such as silk or a light pure cotton…

For ladies an ideal item for wicking away moisture is the Goodnighties sleepwear. This revolutionary nightdress has been made with patented Ionx fabric, charged with negative ions; it helps blood flow and has excellent moisture wicking properties. Natural fibre bedlinen such as silk and bamboo naturally wick excess moisture away from the body, helping towards a more restful night’s sleep.

Make sure you have a cool pillow…

Natural filled pillows like wool are breathable and allow excess heat to dissipate. Another option is a silk pillowcase; silk facilitates the pervasion of moisture so in warm conditions silk can immediately emit the perspiration and heat from your body to keep you cool. An excellent accompaniment is the Chillow Pillow Topper; they can be put on top a pillow or between the pillowcase and the pillow. They are cooled naturally by adding tap water, leaving you feeling refreshed and cool.

Make sure you have the correct duvet…

Like pillows natural filled duvets, in particular wool filled ones are naturally breathable. They allow your body to stay at a constant comfortable temperature and are ideal for couples who sleep at different temperatures. An alternative to wool are synthetic duvets with cool fibres. The Sleep Harmony climate control duvet features Cirrus Fibres which has the remarkable ability to absorb and disperse excess humidity, balancing your sleeping environment.

Combine a heat regulating duvet with a heat regulating mattress topper…

This allows your body to be comprehensively cooled. A natural fibered topper such as wool will have the same effect as a wool duvet, naturally dissipating excess heat. An alternative for people who often find their bed to be too warm is the SlumberCool Cooling Mattress Protector. It has been specially developed to offer you cool relief in bed, the thermoregulating technology transports heat and moisture away from the body heat.

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