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Make Your Bedsheets Work For You -- How to Get Better Sleep

 

We all want bedsheets for better sleep -- especially if you're a new parent. For us, it's important that both mommy and baby have high-quality sheets to sleep on, especially if your baby is a fussy sleeper. Sheets for sensitive skin, waterproof crib sheets, and hypoallergenic sheets can make a big difference in how your newborn and toddler sleep. Newborns need as much as 14 to 17 hours of sleep and even school-aged children are supposed to get between 10 to 11 hours, according to experts. However, if the baby is fussy, they may not be getting quite as much sleep as they should be, which means you're not either! The comfort of the bed and the quality of the sheets really can make a difference! Asking for nice crib sheets and a mattress protector at a baby shower can be an excellent way to get high-quality sheets to start baby off right.


How Do I Pick the Best Sheets?
Though everyone sleeps a little differently, there are some good rules of thumb for finding bedsheets for better sleep. You want breathable, soft sheets, that are durable and age well.


A higher thread count is usually desirable since it means that sheet is softer and will age well. (A thread count basically means how many threads are woven in horizontally (weft) and vertically (warp) into a square inch of fabric. To increase thread count, more threads can be woven into the weft.)


For those who are looking for lighter sheets, it's best to go with a 400 thread count sheet, which will be both soft and light. An 800 thread count sheet would still be soft, but it would be denser (more threads packed into the space). Linen and cotton sheets tend to be the most breathable (for durable linen, look for percale with a thread count of anywhere from 200 to 800).


When Should I Look for Hypoallergenic Sheets?
If you've found yourself sniffly or displaying other allergic reactions inside your home, your bedroom might be to blame! In some cases, it can hinder you getting a good night's sleep.


One thing that you can do in your quest for bedsheets for better sleep is to look at hypoallergenic sheets. Around 20 million Americans have a dust mite allergy and dust mites are everywhere, even in the cleanest homes. Though washing your bedding regularly can help stave them off, hypoallergenic sheets do one better.


Their fabric is either designed to resist allergens or hold up under regular (hot) washings. And hypoallergenic mattress or pillow covers prevent dust mites from getting in thanks to their tight weave, which blocks the mites.


For baby, using hypoallergenic sheets can protect your child early on. Choosing natural fibers, like wool and cotton or linen, silk, and bamboo are the way to go for those with sensitive skin and you should be sure that you're laundering your bedding in fragrance and dye-free detergent.


How Else Can I Reduce Allergens in my Home?
You want to provide a clean and comfortable environment for your child -- and also for yourself! Being choosy about what your mattress is made of, and what type of sheets, duvets, pillows, and pillowcases you get can make a big difference, especially if you have a dust mite allergy or sensitive skin.


However, there are other tactics you can use as well. Using a dehumidifier and replacing mini blinds or heavy drapes with washable curtains and make sure that you're dusting and washing them regularly. Vacuuming on a routine basis can also cut down on allergens in your home environment.


Restricting areas where your pets can go can help too -- maybe no more Fido in the bedroom! Pets aren't so picky about where they're roaming -- especially if they're outdoor pets -- and can bring in a lot of allergens in their fur and paws.


Make your bedsheets work for you -- and don't lose any sleep over whether you or your baby are sleeping well and healthily! Armed with these tips and tricks, get bedsheets for better sleep today!