"Dry" is a better way to sleep
Most people buy cotton bed sheets because they perceive them to be comfortable. Cotton comes from nature. It’s absorbent. It must be comfortable. You assume something so common in nature, that it must be good for you … right?
Yes, cotton bedding does absorb moisture and perspiration – lots of it. But cotton doesn’t easily give up that sweat! It quickly absorbs moisture. However, once the moisture is infused throughout the cotton’s fiber structure, it takes a long time to dry. New moisture-management fibers do not have this problem!
Most of us have awakened at night, with our bed sheets wrapped around us, drenched in sweat. Unless you’re afflicted with menopause, where night sweats are a frequent nightmare, you may not question whether there’s a better way. Stop for moment and think about this. Snow skiers – those aficionados of all things high tech – would not be caught on the slopes wearing cotton clothing. Rather, they opt for new high-tech fibers and fabrics to quickly remove moisture, which helps them to stay warm and dry. Then why do we spend a third of our day sleeping in direct contact with a cotton sheet, which does a poor job of keeping us dry and comfortable?
Truly comfortable bedding requires a dry support surface which is neither too cool, nor too hot. After hearing from a number of menopausal women who deal with frequent night sweats, we realized that cotton bedding was not the best answer to a dry night’s sleep. There are better alternatives.
We threw out all of our biases for cotton and set out to develop the ultimate sleeping surface – bedding made with synthetic fibers having technically advanced moisture-management properties. Our findings were surprising! When properly constructed, bed linens made from modern micro-denier fibers not only soaked up perspiration more quickly than cotton; they also dry much quicker!
In the wicking and drying graphs shown below, these new DermaTherapy® fabrics with built-in moisture management performed much better than a 220-count cotton/polyester bed sheet purchased at a local mass retailer. The new fabrics were quicker to wick moisture. And after being totally saturated in water, the new moisture-management bedding also air dried in only 45 minutes. The 220-count cotton/polyester bed sheet took an hour and 15 minutes to dry … a 40% increase!
The ability to effectively handle moisture while you sleep has a direct impact on how well you sleep!
In a 2007 study of 28 women going through menopause, poor sleepers regained normal sleep habits after using new moisture-management DermaTherapy bedding for only two weeks. They fell asleep faster, stayed asleep longer, and woke up less often during the night. These women also reported significant enhancements in their overall quality of life while sleeping on the new bedding, in terms of their ability to keep cool, to stay dry, and in their overall level of comfort.
Dramatic improvements in sleep were reported … just by changing your bed sheets. Who knew?
There is a better way: Sleep dry, sleep better!