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Bed Sheet Thread Count: Are Higher Thread Count Bed Sheets Hotter?

Bed Sheet Thread Count: Are Higher Thread Count Bed Sheets Hotter?
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If you're struggling to sleep comfortably due to heat or night sweats, it might be a good idea to buy new sheets with the recommended thread count.

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  • Higher thread count does not always mean better quality. 
  • Shop smart by knowing how some brands manipulate the thread count.
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Bedding is the foundation of your bedroom and quality sleep. The way it is made has a significant impact on your temperature, especially in regard to the bed sheet thread counts. If you find yourself tossing and turning in your sleep as a result of the heat or night sweats, maybe it's time to buy a new set of cooling sheets.

Thread count bedsheet is defined by the number of horizontal and vertical threads (also known as weft and warp respectively) being weaved into one square inch of fabric. This is why bed sheets thread count is important when it comes to warm and humid weather, and why utilizing the highest thread count bed sheets in Singapore is not recommended.


How Does Thread Count Affect Bed Sheet Cooling Abilities?

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To enhance the thread count of their bed sheets and make them appear more opulent, several bedsheets in Singapore utilize multiple-ply weaves to increase the thread count. However, multi-ply inflation can result in pilling, shedding, tearing, and result in throwing the bedding away prematurely. Essentially, high thread count sheets in Singapore do not always translate to high-level quality sheets.

Using more threads results in a tighter weave and a less airy pattern. Therefore, investing in a high thread count pair of bed sheets may not be the most ideal decision regarding breathability. If keeping cool is your first objective, search for bed sheets thread count in the 180 to 400 range or sheets that never exceed 600 thread counts. Through this, you can be confident that your bedding will be comfortable and long-lasting while also allowing for consistent ventilation while you are sleeping.

Note, however, that bedsheet thread count isn't the only thing affecting the breathability and overall quality of fabrics. There are other factors like fiber type, ply, weave method, yarn count, etc.


What Makes Bed Sheets Trap More Heat

Getting up in the middle of the night due to night sweats can be a very unpleasant and disruptive experience. Even though increased temperatures during warm months can definitely be a major cause of it, some sleepers are predisposed to sleep hot all year round regardless. In order to avoid blasting the air conditioner all through the summer season, begin by paying greater attention to the structure of your bed sheet construction. Here are the things to consider:

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High Thread Count For Bed Sheets

As a common association, higher thread counts (500 or above) indicate a higher quality; however, thread count nowadays informs us how many threads are in a sheet but it does not tell us anything about its overall durability or quality. On the other hand, the thread count has a significant impact on heat retention, with higher thread counts resulting in hotter sheets. 1000 TC sheets are the warmest cotton sheets available on the market. Lower thread counts (250 TC-350 TC), on the other hand, provide cooler sheets but they must be made of high-quality cotton to retain a premium standard.

High thread count sheets generally do not perform as well as lower thread count sheets on the aspect of breathability, which is why they can trap more heat and lead to your night sweats. A sheet that does not allow air to pass through it might trap heat and produce a heated microclimate beneath the blankets, which could increase bacteria proliferation.

Synthetic Fibers

Synthetic sheets are hotter. Many that look natural such as bamboo sheets are manufactured from rayon which is a synthetic fiber produced from wood pulp as a base material. The same may be said for particular silk bedding sheets.
Another point to mention is that semi-synthetic fibers like TENCEL™ Lyocell have been praised for their moisture-wicking qualities in recent years.

Ideal Thread Count For Cooling Bed Sheets

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If you have to measure thread count for sheets, go for anything in the 400-600 thread count range, and look out for sheets that utilize single-ply threads for a more breathable bed sheet.

Choosing cooling bed sheets with a thread count between 250 and 400 is ideal if you want to keep your body temperature down. Remember that the bed sheet thread count best performs within this range. It should never exceed 600 threads if you want the greatest cooling sheets. However, there are several more effective methods of selecting high-quality bedding. And it helps to understand what goes into making such soft sheets.

First, you'll want to look into the materials that were used to make the fibers. Cotton bed sheets are likely the most comfortable and easiest to care for, both in terms of comfort and ease of cleaning. Cotton has been spun into sheeting for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, such as being soft and absorbent.

Following that, you'll want to select a weave method that feels comfortable to you. Sateen and percale weaves are the most commonly used for cotton sheets. 

Check to verify if the fabric is composed of long-staple cotton, and then decide. The length of the individual cotton fiber spun together to form each thread is referred to as the thread length— cotton fibers that are longer provide stronger, smoother threads that tend to last longer.

Lastly, the most efficient approach to evaluate which bedding sheet is the best choice for you is to just sleep on it. Various weaves, densities, and textures of sheeting appeal to various people in different ways. Additionally, the fabric itself, aside from thread count, will reveal a great deal about the overall quality of the bed sheets, as some materials perform better as cooling agents than others.


Bed Sheet Materials to Stay Cool

Fabrics like cotton are the most popular since they are soft, breathable, moisture-wicking, and simple to care for. Currently, Egyptian cotton sheets, Pima cotton sheets, and Upland cotton sheets are the most common cotton sheets available. Depending on how long the staple or cotton fiber is, each of these types is classified from the others.

  • The best thread count for Egyptian cotton is between 400 and 700.
  • The best thread count for Supima or Pima is between 200 and 400.
  • The best thread count for upland cotton is between 300 and 600.

Moreover, the following are materials that are considered cooling bed sheets because they are naturally more breathable than others:

  • Cotton is constructed of natural fibers from cotton seed pods. Thousands of years of tradition employ this airy, breathable material.
  • Silk bedding effectively removes heat and moisture. Silk draws heat and moisture out from the body twice as quickly as cotton, resulting in a 50% reduction in humidity in your bed. However, it can put a dent in your budget and it's not the most sustainable option either, unlike TENCEL™.
  • Satin creates a distinct tactile impression of softness and coolness. It feels cool on the skin and does not cling to overheated or moist skin. 
  • TENCEL™ Lyocell is a soft fabric that has a sheen to it. TENCEL™ sheets are naturally cooling due to the inherent properties of eucalyptus pulp fibers. Moreover, TENCEL™ fibers are exceptionally absorbent, making them an excellent choice for hot sleepers.
  • Bamboo Rayon allows it to breathe better than other textiles and keeps it from clinging to the body in hot weather. Bamboo is an excellent fabric for athletic and summer outfits since it is soft and relaxed.

To summarize, we do not recommend bed sheets with high thread counts in hot and humid countries such as Singapore, as heat is easily trapped underneath due to the lack of breathability the fabric provides. It is also best to avoid synthetic fabrics for the same reason and to select the fabric and relevant thread counts most suited for you in order to stay cool and dry.



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