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How To Buy The Best Bedsheets For Your Mattress Type

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The quality and type of mattress you have can mean all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless one. The type of sheets you have too can affect your comfort level. And even after waking up refreshed, it’s frustrating to wake up with bedsheets that have popped off the corners.

We all know that sheets come in twin, full, queen, king. But these terms aren’t always a one-size-fits-all. Choosing the right sheets depends on the type of mattress you have. Mattress toppers can make a difference too.

Even if you know which size to get, then there’s figuring out the best sheet material. It can get overwhelming.

Read on to find out more about how to buy the best bedsheets for your mattress type.

Measuring Your Bed

Before you select a standard sheet size, you need to get out a measuring tape and get the exact measurements of your bed.

Most sheet measurements include just the surface–the width and height. But if you have a deep mattress or thick toppers, then finding the best bedsheets means including the depth.

A typical twin bed measures 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. A twin XL mattress has the same width as a standard twin but is 80 inches long. Many college dorm rooms have twin XL mattresses. However, these mattresses can be thinner, so a standard twin mattress might fit anyway. Many colleges will have the mattress measurements available on their website.

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When picking out the best bedsheets for a twin, make sure the fitted sheet is 39 by 75 inches (or 80 inches for an XL). The flat sheet should measure 66 by 90 inches, which will work for either type of twin mattress.

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A full or double bed measures 54 by 75 inches. If you’re a tall person, you’ll either need to sleep on a diagonal or move up to a queen. The fitted sheet for a full mattress should also be 54 by 75 inches. The flat sheet measures 81 by 96 inches.

A queen is not only wider than a full but also longer. Standard queen beds are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Flat sheets for a queen measure the same. The flat sheets measure 90 by 102 inches.

Many people believe that a king bed is the same as two twin beds put together. In fact, it’s the same as two twin XL beds. That’s what makes them such a popular choice for a split king adjustable bed where each person gets the mattress they want but they can be paired to move together or separately.

A king bed is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. Fitted sheets are 78 by 80 inches, and the flat sheet is 108 by 102 inches.

Some people prefer beds that are a bit longer. In that case, a California king is a wise choice. They measure 72 by 84 inches. It’s not as wide, but a few inches longer than a standard king. This is important to know when buying bed sheets. Regular king sheets won’t fit on a California king mattress.

Mattress Height

As mentioned, the height or depth of a mattress can also make a difference when picking out the best type of bedsheet. If a mattress is extra tall, or if you have a thick topper, then you might want to go up a size for the fitted sheet.

Most boxed mattresses are 7 to 10 inches in height. But some can be as much as 16 to 22 inches high. If you have a mattress that’s more than 12 inches, then you need to find a fitted sheet that has deep pockets or sheets that are stretchy (like Purple’s sheets which fit mattresses from 9 inches up to 14 inches in height).

Pocket depth varies too. So be sure to get a sheet with the appropriate pocket depth. It’s always better to err on the larger side. Otherwise, your sheets will slip off the mattress.

Best Sheet Material

Most experts agree that cotton is the best fabric for bedsheets but it depends on how you sleep.

There are a lot of other options out there that claim to be extra soft. But if they’re made of synthetic material, including polyester, rayon, and microfiber and they can be good for athletes or anyone who sweats a lot because they’re super absorbent.

Synthetic material is durable, is often stain resistant, is sometimes wrinkle-free, and claims to be softer. However, it doesn’t breathe, and that can be bad for your skin, and also the environment.

Tencel is a great option that’s better for the environment. It’s made from fibers of eucalyptus trees which are renewable. Bamboo can be good or bad for the environment depending on how it’s made. Plus, it’s softer than most cotton sheets.

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The most luxurious sheets we know of are better than a 4-star hotel. They’re made in England and they’re 600 thread count and can fit up to 19 inch tall beds. They’re the BRAND OF SHEETS THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND SLEEPS ON and bear the royal seal. They’ve been manufactured by the same company since 1861. These are the sheets we sleep on. They’re pure luxury and make you feel like royalty.  Check them out here.

If you want to save money, go for a cotton blend, but be sure that the sheets are mostly cotton, at least 70%.

When buying cotton, the type of cotton you choose is a matter of preference and budget. Egyptian cotton is the highest quality sheet material, followed by Pima cotton.

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Organic cotton sheets are free of chemicals. If you don’t buy organic cotton, then be sure to wash your sheets before using.

Cotton Sheet Options

Cotton sheets go by a variety of names–percale, sateen, linen, flannel, and jersey. They all have different assets.

For instance, flannel sheets are a good choice for the winter. They tend to stay warm because of their thickness. The quality of flannel sheets depends on the ounces of material per square yard, instead of thread count. A good flannel sheet will have four or more ounces.

Jersey knit is also a good winter sheet option. But be sure to check the fine print. Some jersey cotton sheets are not 100% cotton, and some are. They tend to be affordable but don’t always last as long as flannel.

For summer, many people prefer linen sheets. Although they don’t come with high thread counts, they are breathable and absorb moisture, which is great for warm summer nights.

For any time of the year, either percale or sateen cotton sheets are great. Percale sheets have a tight weave and are soft and durable. Sateen sheets have a special threading that gives them a luxurious satin quality.

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Thread Count

Many people are under the impression that the higher the thread count the better the quality. Thread count, when indicated, means the number of threads per square inch. A higher thread count is denser, so the fabric is heavier and more durable.

But that doesn’t mean softer. Sure, you want to get at least 200 thread count, but more than 800 is overkill.

What’s more important than thread count when choosing the best bedsheets is the quality of the fiber.

Best Bedsheets to Buy

To sum up, the best bedsheets to buy are 100% Egyptian cotton organic percale sheets that have a thread count of at least 200 and the right pocket size to fit your bed. But you have some flexibility in regards to what kind of cotton and what kind of knit, fiber or weave.

It’s a good idea to have a breathable sheet for the summer and thicker sheets to keep you warm in the winter.

Finally, be sure to have a few sets of sheets that you love so that you can change your sheets every week. Once a week is ideal, but every two weeks is fine. If you aren’t in the habit of changing your sheets that often, here’s why you should.

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Why Purple Bed Sheets Go Best with Your Purple Mattress

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  • Purple is known first and foremost for its mattresses, but it also has bedding products like mattress protectors, pillows and sheets.
  • Purple bed sheets are extremely soft and made with breathable fabric to keep you cool. They’re also moisture wicking.
  • There are no seams at all in Purple sheets.
  • The stretchiness allows the mattress (including the polymer layer) to move with you in your sleep.

When we say these are stretchy sheets, we mean it.  Stretchier than a yoga instructor! Could outstretch Stretch Armstrong! Yes, Purple sheets could win a world’s record for being the stretchiest sheets. And that means they fits so many mattresses, short/tall, flexible/inflexible top…AND they hold  mannequins!

Normally we’d say that your sheets don’t need to be the same brand as your mattress. I mean, who buys or raves about Serta sheets? We haven’t heard anyone. However, Purple is different. It’s a unique mattress with a flexible polymer layer right below the cover and in this case you should consider the brand name.

Buying non-stretchy and/or tight sheets will create a drum effect and negate much of the benefit of The Purple Bed. With the new beds (Purple2, Purple3 and Purple4) Purple even made their mattress cover stretchy. We predict that any future change to the original Purple mattress will include a stretchier cover.

At $114 for their queen-sized sheet set, you’re getting a pretty good deal. Before Purple came out with their own sheets they recommended the Sheex brand which comes in much higher at over $160.

I tried Purple’s sheets and can see why they recommend them – especially for the thicker new Purple mattresses. Btw, the Purple sheets are made to fit all of their beds with room to spare – they’re made to fit beds up to 16 inches high.

Purple Mattress Sheets

The onPuple sheets comes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two standard size pillowcases (one pillowcase for twin XL sizes). It’s available in 4 colors – mostly white and beiges except for one exception – the color purple. We tested the white, but we sort of wish we’d tried the purple ones.

What makes these sheets so stretchy? They’re not cotton. Instead they’re made with 10% Spandex, 90% Bamboo-derived Viscose (which is like a rayon). It gives them a delicate feel like they will easily tear or pile, yet they are strong.

The sheets are easy to put on. thick stretchy elastic on the inside of the fitted sheet is rubberized, letting it grip onto the mattress and leaving little room for the sheets to move around.

Purple bed sheets

Purple Bed Sheets: Care

If you’d like, you can wash the sheets before your first use but it’s not necessary. They are made to be stain resistant but they’re not stain proof.  Just be sure to follow the instructions to machine wash in cold water and DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER. If you dry these in the dryer you’ll ruin them. Instead Hang to dry or tumble dry NO HEAT. For this reason you may want a backup set.

Bamboo fiber is naturally breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. Unlike cotton, bamboo fabric allows moisture to evaporate into the air quickly. Combined with the grid of the polymer, you get maximum airflow for a mattress. Since the top of the Purple mattress isn’t a solid surface like most mattresses, it allows more airflow through your bedding.

Cons of Purple Sheets

If there was anything we didn’t like about purple bed sheets it’s that some may find them overly stretchy. They can ball up towards the base of your bed or you can get wrapped up in them. Some people will love the feeling of being  hugged by their sheets. Others may want to try something like jersey knit sheets instead. These are sometimes called t shirt knit. They’re stretchy, but less so.  They’re also a little thicker. And although they’re priced lower, they won’t have the moisture wicking of the Purple sheets. You know how well tshirts hold up at the gym? If you sweat at night you’re going to want to spring for the Purple sheets.

No More Sliding Off the Corners

Purple uses an industrial elastic so your sheets stay on all night. That’s a big deal if you’ve ever dealt with regular sheets that pop off the corners of your mattress. Along with the Purple mattress protector, they’re easy to put on and they stay on.

Purple Sheets Thread Count

Purple sheets don’t have a thread count as there is no cotton in them. They’re perfect sheets for summer and warmer climates, or if you tend to sleep warm.

The White Sheet Set, $114 (Queen) Purple

 

Return Period: No returns or trial period.

Warranty: 1 Year.

Shipping: Free in the lower 48 states.

If you own the Purple mattress you need Purple stretchy sheets to go with it. You crave soft and stretchy. You get both with Purple brand sheets. Best of all they can even be purple.

Shop the Purple sheets queen ($114) at Purple here

How to Fall Asleep? 5 Sleep Essentials for National Sleep Month

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Every month thousands of us type these words into Google: “how to fall asleep.” We deal with sleep issues like sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, insomnia and more. That or we’re just looking for better or deeper sleep.

We should get at least 7 hours of sleep as adults and 1 in 3 Americans aren’t getting enough of it.

March is a big month for sleep. It’s National Sleep Month and we need it, thanks to Daylight Savings time. Nothing like the clocks springing forward an hour to throw off our sleep schedule! It’s also the month we have  National Napping Day (the 12th).

The foundation of good sleep is a good mattress and pillow. Research from the National Sleep council found that a new bed was associated with an increase of 42 minutes of sleep. Both your bed and pillow are so individual. That’s why we like the boxed versions (obviously) because they give you several months trial period so you can try them out at home.

Here are some other things to help you get the shuteye you so desperately want and need…

How to Fall Asleep

LISTEN TO SOOTHING SLEEP MUSIC ON YOUTUBE

One issue: we can’t turn off our minds at night. What helps? Mindfulness, meditation and relaxation techniques. This track is 3 hours of relaxing music to help you sleep and has over 62 million views. YouTube has self-hypnosis for sleep and a vast collection of sleep tracks.

“I love this, one night I couldn’t sleep, at all. I tried everything and I come across this and I fell asleep in less that 15 minutes.”

‘PILLOW POTION’ SLEEP SPRAY

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If you don’t think smell affects you, remember what it feels like to walk into a place that smells terrible. Your body tenses up and you want to leave! The opposite happens with pleasant scents – you relax. You feel peace and calm. Essential oil can have a big effect on sleep.

With over 1,500 glowing reviews on Amazon, this comforting spray dubbed the “pillow potion” helps you fall asleep faster. This is ultra soothing, helping calm and relax you before bed.

Simply spritz this aromatherapy mist in your room, on your pillow or your sheets. Reviewers rave about how well it works. Your sheets will smell so fresh and a small amount works for days. Contains all natural ingredients including lavender, chamomile, hazel, rosemary, aloe and jojoba oils. Also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and alcohol-free. If the idea of lavender essential oils sounds soothing, then you may want to check out the Lavender Bliss Pillow.

Pure Soothing Comfort Aromatherapy Spray, $14.95, Amazon

 A SUPER SOFT EYE MASK MADE WITH 100% SILK

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Sleep anywhere at any time with this bestselling hypoallergenic 100% silk eye mask. Completely blocks out light. Your body needs the hormone Melatonin for sleep and light prevents your body from making it. Light from your electronics, tv and even your alarm clock can hurt your sleep pattern. If your room isn’t completely dark, you’re traveling, or need to shade your eyes from the light of someone else’s screen, this is it. Minimal rubbing to not bother your eyes or lashes. Silk means it leaves no marks. 

Alaska Bear Silk Sleep Mask, $9, Amazon

Improve Sleep Duration and Quality with a Weighted Blanketbest weighted BlanketWeighted Blanket

The Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders did a small study to see if a weighted blanket could improve sleep. Participants slept in their regular environment then with a weighted blanket every night for two consecutive weeks. Sleep quality was measured and found that the weight of the blanket reduced movement which made for more sound sleep.

Polysomnography (PSG) data found a significant decrease in time spent awake during the night and a significant increase in total sleep duration.
In case you’re worried about getting too warm, the fabric is made so it doesn’t provide extra weight. There are different weights to choose from so you get the one recommended for your body weight (it should be more than 10% of your body weight).
 

Weighted Blanket for Adults, $166, Amazon

Avoid Overheating with a Bed Fan 

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Melatonin isn’t just affected by light, it’s also temperature sensitive. When you get overheated during sleep, your body doesn’t produce adequate melatonin and growth hormone. These are both important for repair and are anti-aging.

BedJet is a small bed fan that hooks into a special comforter. It helps regulate your bed’s temperature. If you’re in menopause or sleeping hot, this ‘as seen on Shark Tank’ product, is a lifesaver. It circulates cooler air near the floor into your sheets so you can sleep with sweating. It’s like having a room fan subtly blowing right next to your skin.

BedJet Bed Fan, $339

Now it’s your turn unboxers. What’s helped you get quality sleep?