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Last Updated on April 9, 2024 by Tom

When Should You Use Cotton Bed Sheets?

The bedding industry presents you with lots of choices. From the colours to the materials and weaves, choosing bed sheets can be deceptively difficult. So, when should you use cotton bed sheets?

While it's not as impactful as choosing a mattress or even choosing a pillow, getting the right bed sheets can make your night a lot more cosy.

However, unless you do a ton of research, it can be difficult to gauge which sheets will best suit your needs. So, we've decided to do the research for you and single out a few situations where getting cotton sheets is going to be your best bet!

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You have sensitive skin

We've talked at length about why you should sleep in cotton sheets but the biggest standout for many people is how soft it is. Of course, there's going to be a big difference between Egyptian cotton and a low thread count cotton blend but cotton is generally quite soft.
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And for those who have sensitive skin, this can be a lifesaver! Sure, it's typically not as soft as silk but it's still of very good quality! Plus, it's usually a lot cheaper and comes within most people's price range.

You have allergies

On a similar note, cotton is also hypoallergenic. This means that those suffering from allergies won't have to worry about flare-ups in the middle of the night. And this can be quite significant as well! After all, people suffering from a wool allergy, for example, can opt for cotton sheets and get a similar feel without having to suffer through the itching.

And, of course, avoiding any unnecessary flare-ups in turn makes your skin a lot better off overall. Especially if you tend to break out in hives, as scratching your skin repeatedly can do some damage in the long run. So, if you can get extra deep fitted sheets to completely encase your mattress, you're bound to sleep like a baby.

You tend to sleep hot

To say that waking up covered in sweat is less than perfect would be quite an understatement. After all, how we wake up sets the mood for the rest of the day! So, if you open your eyes and you feel like you and your linen were just pulled out of a crock pot, it can be difficult to feel optimistic.
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Luckily, however, cotton sheets are extremely breathable. This means that the temperature can be more easily regulated, regardless of whether it's summer or winter. And to give credit where credit is due, even lower-quality cotton outperforms most synthetics in this department.

You want to sleep like royalty

This might seem like an over-exaggeration but we'd say there's merit to it! However, we will note that it doesn't account for all cotton sheets. But if you manage to get your hands on a premium cotton variety, like Egyptian cotton, or a good weave, satin sheets, you're in for a treat!
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And that's because cotton can be incredibly soft to the touch. In fact, it even gets softer with every wash! Plus, you can find a high-end cotton sheet in just about any colour, so you can really make your bedroom stand out.

You want sheets that are easy to clean

Everyone loves sleeping on recently-cleaned sheets. However, most people hate actually cleaning them. And this is especially true with more delicate materials that you can't just chuck into the washing machine or the tumble dryer.

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Luckily, cotton rarely if ever poses such problems. While it's not as durable as microfibre, it can still hold its own rather effectively. And more often than not, you can just throw it into the washing machine with no real issues. Although it can sometimes shrink – so, make sure to read the care label.


In conclusion, cotton bed sheets can be an amazing choice for many people. So, the next time you're on a bedding company's website, consider going down to the filters, checking cotton, and seeing what they have in stock! You might just discover the perfect cotton sheets that way.

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