I have never been one for sheets. 1000 thread count, Egyptian Cotton, silk pillowcases . . . I didn't give a damn, and frankly, a hundred plus dollars was much better spent on a Zara splurge or towards a new handbag. Safe to say, when it came to bed linen, I was happy to #pleb it.
Then, I tried bamboo sheets, and much like finding The One renders all your past loves irrelevant (or so they tell me), I can now revel in the joy of a satisfying sleep-lationship. You see, what these bamboo sheets give me in comfort and quality, I give back in, well, coming back for more. We're exclusive now.
Currently, my nights are spent with a sheet set from Mulberry Threads Co. and Ettitude pillow slips. Panda-friendliness aside (bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources out there), at first touch, they were soft, lightweight, and had an almost silk-like slipperiness that made them very easy to handle. A good sign already. But the real verdict though, would be how they impacted my sleep (I'm not that shallow).
Our first night together was as great as first times could get. I'm even going to go ahead and step in potentially basic word choice territory and describe it as sleeping on a cloud, because that's exactly what it was like. And when this held-up on the night after that, and the next, and the next, I knew I had a keeper. So, dear bamboo sheets, I know we haven't been an item for long, but thanks for . . .
- Being kind to my skin and hair. I can sleep on my side, cheek pressed firmly against the pillow, without any friction or irritation. Notably, I also haven't woken up with any awkward sheet marks across my face. And as someone who styles their hair before bed and sleeps in some loose coils overnight, my hair has also seemed to reap the benefits of the gentler fibres. I'm not going to complain about less frizz every morning.
- Keeping my bed warm. I no longer recoil in shock upon accidentally rolling over to "neverland" (aka the less-favoured side of the bed that seems to grow colder than Castle Black in Winter). In Summer, bamboo can also keep you up to two degrees cooler.
- Staying fresh. As a fabric, bamboo has great anti-microbial properties, which means it's more effective in repelling bacteria, mould, mildew and dust mites than cotton. A few weeks in, my white bamboo pillowcases still appear as brand-new, whereas my previous set of cotton linens would've long demanded a wash (and dare I say, bleach) by now. No yellowing here . . .
- Helping me fall asleep faster. Even on nights when I don't feel particularly tired. I'm putting this down to a combination of all of the above. The only downside? It's so much harder to get out of bed.
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