Night sweats are not new—with a large portion of Americans getting too hot when they sleep.
Often caused by menopause, health conditions, and a range of medications, it is one of the many factors that is resulting in poorer quality sleep for the nation.
Currently, around 33 percent of Americans are getting less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep they need, with overheating, anxiety, and illness being the main causes.
However, in an age where choice and innovation is king, more and more products are available to help with better quality sleep.
Sure, you can invest in white noise machines, sleep sprays, and other high tech gizmos, but one of the simplest and cost-effective could be switching your basic cotton sheets to bamboo sheets.
Currently available from Cosy House for less than $60 (includes fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillowcases), bamboo sheets are thermo-regulating, meaning that the texture stays cool when it’s hot out and warm when it’s cold—so you can certainly use them all year round.
Bill Fish, the co-founder of sleep resource, Tuck, explains: “Our first choice when looking for breathable sheets is linen.
It tends to be cooler than cotton, but more importantly, the quality of the fabric can look and feel good for years to come.
If you are looking for eco-friendly breathable sheets, bamboo is an excellent choice. It is hypoallergenic, and also feels gentle to the touch.”
“If you have to use cotton, find a set with a percale weave and a low thread count (lower than 400), which will be thinner and feel crisp and cool through the night.”
Bamboo is technically three times more breathable than cotton and therefore much lighter to use, ensuring you do not wake up in a puddle of your own sweat or your quality of sleep is disrupted.
Furthermore, bamboo sheets are eco-friendly in terms of their production and how they are washed—which is perfect for everyone trying to meet their sustainability goals and use less energy around the house.
Certainly, in a post-coronavirus world, the use of anti-bacterial and eco-friendly bed sheets made from bamboo may be more viable than using cotton, not just around the house, but in hospitals, hotels, nursing homes and more.
Wearing light pajamas, using fans, and air conditioning are other proven and tested ways to reduce night sweats.
Other recommendations include speaking to your doctor about any possible health issues and reviewing the medication that you are using.