It’s no secret a good night’s sleep is essential to your physical health and sense of well-being. It improves your ability to think on your feet, learn new skills, and get along with others. If you aren’t sleeping well, your life suffers. Bamboo sheets solve a multitude of sleeping problems. Whether you suffer from hot flashes, hate the scratchy feel of cotton-blend fabrics, or worry about more sustainable textiles, you’ll sleep better in bamboo sheets. Here are some of the advantages bamboo sheets have to offer.
Bamboo textiles have a sheen that rivals silk, and a hand feel that compares to cashmere. Bamboo viscose fabrics get softer with every wash, and they resist unsightly and uncomfortable pilling that interfere with deep sleep. Most bamboo sheets have a 300 to 400 bamboo thread count, which actually exceeds the softness and comfort of 1,000-count Egyptian cotton sheets.
Great for Thermal Regulation
Bamboo sheets wick away moisture better than other natural fabrics. If you are a hot sleeper or in the throes of menopausal night sweats, you’ll love the way bamboo sheets keep you comfortable. Bamboo plants are highly water-absorbent; they can absorb three times their weight in water. Bamboo sheets share that quality, easily wicking away sweat for quick evaporation to keep you cool. Bamboo also has incredible insulating properties, so you stay warm in winter and cool in summer.
Textiles made from bamboo fibers are naturally resistant to odors that cause sheets to smell bad in warm weather. “Bamboo kun” is a naturally occurring substance in bamboo sheets; it is odor-resistant and anti-fungal, even after frequent washings. Unlike cotton sheets that absorb and retain odors from sweat and other bodily fluids, bamboo sheets stay fresh and odor-free between washings.
Those with allergies and sensitive skin have several choices in bedding materials, but most anti-allergenic sheets are treated with chemicals to reduce allergic reactions. Bamboo sheets are naturally anti-allergenic; in addition, bamboo plants require virtually no pesticides or harmful chemicals during the growth process, further reducing the potential for sensitivity. Bamboo textiles also require far less dye than their cotton counterparts, meaning that bamboo sheets require far fewer non-organic and earth-friendly components.
Move with You
Bamboo’s incredible lightness and softness make it a perfect choice for comfortable bedding textiles. Unlike stiffer cottons and synthetic rayon fabrics, bamboo sheets move with you as you shift positions during the night. Most people change their sleep positions more than five times each night; bamboo sheets don’t restrict your body’s natural movements during sleep. Their unique draping characteristics let them easily move with you, letting you stay asleep no matter how many times you change positions during the night.
Good for the Environment
Bamboo is highly sustainable. Some strains of bamboo grow at an astonishing rate of 12 to 24 inches per day, and they require no fertilizers, pesticides, or even irrigation to sustain their miraculous growth. Bamboo regenerates itself, growing back to its full size and glory after being harvested without needing to be replanted.
Cotton, on the other hand, accounts for 10 percent of all the agricultural chemical use worldwide. And cotton is water-hungry: It takes over 5,200 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for just one pair of jeans and one T-shirt.
Bamboo is also biodegradable. Discarded bamboo sheets and textiles won’t languish in landfills taking years to decompose like synthetic fabrics. Bamboo sheets are natural and organic and decompose like other organic plant matter and don’t release harmful gases into the environment.
If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, consider switching to soft, breathable, and environmentally friendly bamboo sheets.