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How to Choose the Right Bedding For You - Likeitgirl

We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping, so by the time you are 60 years old, you’ll have spent 20 years of your life in your pajamas!

People may know certain facts about sleeping like we need, on average, eight hours of sleep a night, and that lack of sleep can have a negative impact on our health. Did you know that the type of bedding we use can also have an effect on our sleep? If you have comfortable bedding, you’ll be able to drift more easily into dreamland and will wake up feeling refreshed. There are different components to bedding, and each component serves its own purpose. Here are the different types of bedding and bedding materials, along with some advice on how to choose the right kind of bedding for you. 

 

Mattress 


If you don’t consider a mattress as part of your overall bedding selection, you should.
Mattress firmness can affect your sleep cycle, and if you aren’t sleeping well, your mattress could be the culprit. There are several different types of mattresses; the most common ones are memory foam, gel, pillow top, innerspring, and water. 

 

Just like there are different kinds of mattresses, there are different kinds of sleepers. You might like to sleep on your back. In that case, a water bed or innerspring mattress both provide the back support you need. Side sleepers will also benefit from an innerspring mattress, as well as a memory foam, gel, or pillow top mattress, all of which support your hip and shoulder and keep your body in comfortable alignment. Any tummy sleepers would benefit from an innerspring mattress that will support the weight of your stomach, legs, and shoulders. 

No matter what kind of mattress you’re looking for, do your research. One mattress may be better for your overall sleep than others and can help with any needed rest and recovery

 

Materials

There are different types of bedding materials, which mainly apply when talking about sheets, comforters, and duvets. While cotton (especially Egyptian cotton) seems to be the most popular material, other materials available for bedding are microfiber, flannel, percale, sateen, Jersey knit, silk, polyester, linen, and bamboo. 

If softness is your primary concern, you’ll appreciate cotton, flannel, Jersey knit, silk, and bamboo. If you’re looking for something that will work well, no matter the season, Egyptian cotton and linen are the best choices. For something that will be cool in the summer, you’ll love microfiber, percale, silk, and bamboo. If you want warm winter bedding, sateen and polyester are your best bets. It all depends on what you’re looking for! 

 

Filling 

The filling is a consideration when it comes to comforters, blankets, quilts, pillows, and duvets. There are two main types of filling: goose down and down alternative. Goose down is the under plumage of a goose that keeps it warm and dry even in the wettest and coldest conditions. When used in bedding, goose down makes it fluffy and cozy and helps trap air to keep you warm. If you are allergic to goose down, down alternative offers the same kind of fluffiness of goose down, but with hypoallergenic properties, so you don’t have to sacrifice your soft, fluffy filling. 

 

There is also fill power to consider. Fill power is the relative quality of the goose down or down alternative. A higher fill power number indicates that there is a greater loft and insulating efficiency. A higher-quality down fluffs up more to give more loft, which in turn traps more air and keeps you warm. If you want warmth, go with bedding that has a higher fill power. 

 

Color Palette


After you’ve gone through and decided what kinds of bedding and bedding materials are the best for you, decide on the interiors and the best color palette. First look at the existing design elements in your room. For instance, if you have neutral walls, you might want to go with some bright colors in your bedding. If you have bright colored furniture, a more neutral bedding color might be the best. If you want to get bold, choose contrasting colors. An example:  if you have yellow walls, light purple bedding would really pop. 

 

Decorative Touches 

If you like adding extra flair to your bedding, you can consider decorative touches that will add to your bed’s aesthetic appeal. For instance, you can fold a blanket or coverlet at the foot of your bed to add a flash of extra color and texture. Duvet covers offer a great opportunity to decorate your bed; you can swap out different duvet covers according to the season or holiday. You can add a pillow sham to your pillows for visual interest, and you can don your bed with a bed skirt for not only a decorative touch but also a way to hide your bed’s framework and any under-the-bed storage. 

 

 

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