There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep! A restful night under the covers is hands down the best way to ensure you greet the next morning feeling relaxed, refreshed, and ready to take on whatever the day throws your way.
And while some of the things that keep you awake at night are beyond your control, the sheets you put on your bed doesn’t have to be one of them.
We believe buying the sheet set that is right for you may be the key to getting a good night’s sleep.
What are Microfiber Sheets?
The bedding products market has grown by leaps and bounds. There are so many products on the market today it can be difficult to know what’s best for you.
We hear advanced technology can give us a better sleep. Does that mean the sheets I spread over my mattress can make a difference? Turns out they can. Let us break it down for you.
What Does Microfiber Sheets Feel Like?
First, what is microfiber made of? These special sheets are made with very thin threads of artificial fabric like polyester, nylon, polymers, or wood pulp. The thin threads are woven together into a lightweight sheet.
Buyer’s tip: The denier measurement is said to be one factor that sets microfiber sheets apart from the other sheet sets on the market today. Denier measures fiber thickness. The thinner the fiber, the lower the denier, and the lower the denier the better. To be considered microfiber, the denier must be lower than .9.
How Do I Choose the Best Sheets for Me?
Buying a sheet set comes down to personal preference, as well as how you sleep.
Microfiber sheets retain body heat and tend to wick away moisture. That combination makes microfiber sheets a great choice for people who get cold at night. On the flip side, the retention of body heat may leave you overheated and cause night sweats.
Cotton sheets are breathable, and they do not retain heat. Keep in mind that cotton is the choice material for warm weather clothing. It’s the same thing with sheets. Cotton sheets are a better choice for people who find themselves getting too warm under the covers.
Linen sheets are recommended for people who sweat a lot at night.
Buyer’s tip: Thread count is generally the standard for determining how soft sheets will feel against your body. A good rule to remember is: The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet. Keeping the price and your budget in mind, look for a thread count of between 200 and 800.
Weave: Percale is the standard weave for sheets and has a crisp feeling. Sateen feels silky and smooth. Jersey feels very soft.
Is Microfiber Breathable?
If you sleep warm, or perhaps you wake up from a deep sleep sweating and feeling uncomfortable, you might want to consider sheets that are good at regulating temperature.
In the case of someone who already sleeps warm, microfiber sheets are probably not the best option for you.
The Pros of Microfiber Sheets:
- Tightly woven fibers,
- Stain repellent,
- Quick drying,
- Repels dust,
- Repels allergens,
- Soft and comfortable to the touch.
The Cons of Microfiber Sheets:
- Tendency to shrink,
- May not be colorfast,
- Lower quality,
- Less durable,
- May rip easily.
Setting a budget, and spending within that budget is very important when buying any product and a sheet set is no exception. Microfiber sheets tend to be a less expensive option and can cost as little as $20 depending on the size of the sheet you are purchasing.
Buyer’s Tip: The best microfiber sheets are generally between .5 and .6 denier.
Do Microfiber Sheets Sleep Hot?
The answer is yes. Microfiber sheets trap body heat and are therefore considered hot.
If you find yourself feeling cold at night a microfiber sheet set, depending on your budget, might be your best bet for a satisfying night’s rest.
If you are warm at night then you might want to choose a sheet set made with a different kind of material, cotton for example.
The volume and variety of bedding products, including sheets, on the market today is an indicator of how much the industry has grown.
Our research indicates buyers should be careful when choosing bedding and bedding related products – the rise in available products has led to an increase in fraudulent activity with products not always being correctly labeled, and not always advertised as shown.
Buyer’s should choose carefully, and according to what you can afford.
The decision really comes down to how you sleep – whether you find yourself hot or cold. It’s also a matter of personal preference and your budget.