How to Buy Sheets

You spend a third of your life in bed. A good mattress lays the foundation for a good night’s sleep, and great sheets help you drift off in luxury. But with a variety of sizes, materials and thread counts, choosing the right linens can keep you up at night.

Don’t lose sleep over making the right choice. Here are three simple things to consider:

How to Buy Sheets

1. Thread count. A sheet’s thread count is determined by the number of threads contained in one square inch of the fabric. While a thread count of 200 is considered acceptable, good-quality sheets should have a thread count of at least 300, which will provide a more comfortable sleep. Often, the higher the thread count, the softer and more durable the sheets will be, but the quality of the material also matters. For example, a lower-thread-count sheet made of Pima cotton will feel softer than a high-thread-count sheet made from a lesser quality cotton. The bottom line: Consider the thread count, but be sure to feel the fabric.

2. Material. At Art Van Furniture, we carry sheets in three materials: cotton, bamboo/cotton blend and microfiber. Which is right for you depends on how you like to sleep.

 

If you like your sheets crisp, cool and soft, cotton is your best choice. Cotton is the most popular fabric for sheets for several reasons. First, it’s breathable. Cotton traps heat during cold months and lets cool air pass through in summer. Cotton is also durable, which means your sheets will wash up well. And cotton is naturally stain resistant. The only downside is that cotton is most likely to shrink and wrinkle.

 

Bamboo blends have become more popular in recent years. They are created with a mixture of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton, and are incredibly soft. Bamboo is a sustainable material, which makes them environmentally friendly. Bamboo is naturally bacteria and allergy resistant. This fiber also wicks moisture, so it’s a good choice during the summer months. Bamboo sheets are among the more expensive options, however, they are very durable, which means your investment should last for years.

Microfiber Sheets

The final choice is microfiber sheets, made of extremely fine fibers of polyester. They’re very soft and will resist pilling. However, microfiber is less breathable than cotton or bamboo. They would be a good choice during the winter when retaining heat would be welcome, but they might not be the best choice for summer nights or for those with sensitive skin.

3. Fit. Of course, sheets come in sizes to match your mattress, such as Twin, Full, Queen and King, but before you bring a set home, make sure you measure your mattress to know if your Twin is an Extra Long Twin or if your King is California King. You should also check the depth of your mattress to ensure a proper fit for your fitted sheet. Simply measure the depth of the mattress and then choose a pocket depth that offers at least two inches more. This ensures enough fabric for tucking under the corners, and allows room for shrinkage in the wash.

Pillow Talk: How To Choose the Right Sleep Pillow

A good night’s sleep rests on the right pillow. A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck, it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience instead of one that causes further aches and pains.

The best pillow is not one size fits all. And if you don’t give much thought to where you lay your head, you should. According to Chris Schollenberger, director of PureSleep at Art Van Furniture, 30% of the comfort of your sleep will come from your pillow.

“A mattress should cradle your spine and the pillow is responsible for the neck up,” he says. “The goal is to have you lying in bed with the same posture you use when you stand. And for that reason, people should purchase their mattress and pillow together.”

The pillow that would be fitted for you depends upon your answer. Pillows come in different lofts, which are based on gaps presented. If you sleep on your side, you need a higher loft. If you sleep on your back, you require a lower loft. And stomach sleepers need pillows with the lowest loft. According to WebMD, 63% percent of Americans sleep on their side, 14% sleep on their back, and 16% on their stomach. Once you know your sleep position, you can choose the pillow that will provide proper support.

 

Side Sleeper

If you sleep on your side, you need a firm, full pillow that will fill the space between your ear and shoulder. Look for one that will maintain its shape to eliminate neck pain. Sleep experts say sleeping on your side provides the most comfortable position for your spine, and can help alleviate back pain.

 

Stomach Sleeper

If you’re a stomach sleeper experts say you might not even need a pillow for your head, but you can tuck one beneath your stomach to avoid lower back pain. Sleeping on your stomach causes strain on your lower back and has the potential for causing neck pain. Sleep experts do not recommend this position, but if this is the best way you can fall asleep, choose a thin, almost flat pillow.

 

Back Sleeper

If you sleep on your back, you need a thin pillow, too. Look for one with extra loft in the bottom third to provide cradling for your neck. You can also place a soft pillow under your knees to help maintain the natural curve of your spine.

 

For more pillow choices, visit Art Van Pure Sleep where you’ll learn about our complete sleep system that includes a mattress, foundation, mattress protector and pillow. Getting fitted to the right pillow could be the difference between tossing and turning and getting the best sleep!

The Science Behind Sleep: Take the PureSleep Test

PureSleep’s custom-fit process transforms your energy, happiness and health by identifying the perfect mattress, pillow and protector for you – and it takes just five minutes! Ever wonder what the test actually does?

The Mattress

The foundation for a great night’s sleep is your mattress. Its job is to support proper alignment to help eliminate morning aches and pains; provide pressure relief to foster deeper, healthier sleep; and create a neutral position for your body so you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.

Choosing the right one is a science as well as an art. In just a few minutes, the PureSleep system performs over 1,000 calculations to identify the perfect mattress for your body type, body density and preferred sleep position. Using this information, PureSleep Specialists will help you select the mattress that is right for your body and your budget.

The Pillow

A pillow may seem like a small part of your sleep system, but it actually plays a big role in giving you the best sleep possible. The right pillow provides 30% of your sleep benefits by maintaining correct spinal alignment, relieving pressure on your back and spine and promoting good circulation.

PureSleep Specialists will determine the perfect pillow for you by matching it to your body type and mattress. If you’ve never been fitted for a pillow, you’ll be amazed at the results; you’ll toss and turn less, and experience a deeper, more restorative sleep.

Have you taken the test?

 

What’s New In PureSleep?

Sleep is one of the cornerstones to good health, but not everyone is getting the right kind. From stress on your body to the right sleep environment, outside factors can be the difference between tossing and turning and restful slumber. Sleep science is always evolving, and PureSleep has the latest, cutting edge products that will help you get a good night’s sleep.

Take a look at these three new options that can help you get a great night’s sleep.

Adrenaline

Adrenaline Bed in a Box

You may have heard of a bed in a box, but this one is different. The Adrenaline Bed in a Box is like a shot of adrenaline gives you an immediate energy boost, enhancing your body’s ability to perform at its highest level. Composed of plant based support foam and layered with pressure relieving comfort foams, the mattress giving you 12 inches of comfort and support. The secret ingredient is Copper Surge Gel Foam. This foam is the next big thing in performance foams. This state of the art material is infused with the healing properties of the natural element copper, and is combined with supportive and pressure absorbing gel.

In addition, it’s treated with the most advance temperature regulating technology available. Copper Surge Gel helps to heal fatigued muscles and give you the deep restorative sleep you need to function at a peak performance level. Wake up fresh, cool, and ready to Surge into your day!

Sleep to Live

Sleep to Live 600 Series Mattress

Sleep to Live is hand-assembled sleep system designed to provide scientifically recommended posture support through a precise combination of wrapped innerspring coils and luxury foams. Advanced smart materials wick heat away from your body so you sleep cooler resulting in better restorative sleep.

The patented cushion cloud construction promotes comfortable sleep, relieving pressure with each layer. Sleep partners never have to compromise, as each side is personalized to fit your exact support needs.

Stearns and Foster

Stearns & Foster Lakelet Hybrid Mattress

The Stearns & Foster Lakelet Hybrid Mattress features an eco-friendly knit fabric, used in athletic wear for moisture wicking and breathability. The high performance design of this mattress results in increased durability and less pilling.  The exclusive IntelliCoil Advanced coil design delivers variable support, with an outer coil for durable comfort and an inner coil that precisely adapts to the shape and weight of any body for the perfect level of support.