After a long hectic day and a lot of work done at work and home, you feel the tiredness taking over your body. The best way to give your body a fighting recovery chance is with a good night’s sleep. The quality of our sleep depends largely on a few factors that determine whether we will wake up with a smile or a frown. Among these factors are the minimum of 8 hours of sleep, the quality of our mattress, the cleanliness of our sheets, how dark our room is, going to bed with a peaceful state of mind (if that is even possible nowadays!) and last but not least – the material our bedding and blankets are made of.
When it comes to blankets, it is not often enough that we give the material they’re made of a thought. And according to many sleep physicians, this is what can really affect sleep. There are various types of materials used for the production of blankets and even though cotton is a popular choice, it seems as if organic bamboo is next in line to the throne. The list of benefits is long, so let’s take a look at the top three.
Certain conditions that cause night sweats make it impossible for a comfortable sleep. Since bamboo is a very absorbent fiber (up to 40% more than cotton), bamboo blankets are able to absorb moisture and sweat thus leaving your skin feeling cooler. What’s more, this fabric won’t stick and cling to your body, which is especially great for warm summer nights. The ability to soak up moisture three times their own weight is what makes bamboo blankets a popular choice, particularly with pregnant women and women in menopause. In addition, these blankets can regulate the body temperature due to the micro sized gaps which allow the fabric to breathe. So, whatever the season, you can bet you’ll be able to enjoy deep, calming sleep.
For people with sensitive skin and those prone to allergies, bamboo blankets are a sensible choice. According to some recent research studies, people that suffer from eczema noted a significant improvement when they used 100% organic bamboo blankets rather than other chemically treated textiles. The fibres in the these blankets provide protection against dust, dirt, mold and mildew. As the bamboo plant grows naturally without the use of pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers, it is one of the safest choices for the production of bedding and blankets.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing natural resources on the planet (it can grow up to circa one metre per day), and it uses only 45 litres of water to produce 0.4 kg of fabric (in comparison to cotton which requires 200 times more). That being said, we can be sure that by opting for this material, apart from ripping so many great benefits for ourselves, we’re also making an ethical choice regarding our planet.