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Myth Vs Fact: 5 Common Bedding Myths Debunked

Sleep is such an integral part of our lives. After a long day, we want to reward ourselves with a good night’s rest and don’t mind investing good money to achieve great sleep

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Buying bedding sets like bed sheets, duvets, blankets, or pillowcases can be pretty confusing given a wide range of options and lack of useful and truthful information. In this article, we explore common bedding myths involving thread count, Egyptian cotton superior quality, and more. 

MYTH #1: THE HIGHER THE THREAD COUNT, THE BETTER THE SHEETS

Thread count (or TC) is the piece de resistance of quality bedding. Most people think high thread counts mean better comfort, better quality, better durability. Is 1000TC good enough? How about 1600TC? Contrary to popular belief, a higher thread count doesn't always mean better sheets.

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Myth Busted

When more threads are packed tightly together, the resulting fabric is softer and smoother. But that’s not the end of the story. The quality of the fibers and threads used to create the fitted sheet or duvet cover are as equally important. Here are things to look for when evaluating bedsheet quality:

  • Firstly, long fiber lengths yield more comfortable, stronger sheets. Try to find cotton sheets made from extra-long staple cotton, or long staple cotton fibers.

  • Secondly, look for finer threads with a higher yarn count. These are woven into sheets with a higher thread count number, and are more comfortable. 60 to 80 yarn count is not bad, 100 is great.

  • Lastly, go for single ply cotton threads. With two or more ply, weaker fibers are twisted together to form a single thread. This results in weaker, less comfortable sheets.

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    There are two main ways thread count is inflated. Some brands use the “metric” system, counting the number of threads in a 10cm square area. This increases thread count by 50% without improving the sheets. 

    The second is the use of two or more ply yarn. For example, some brands use three ply yarns and count each ply as a separate thread, which is actually not an accurate way of counting thread count.

    So where does thread count come in then? If you’ve got single-ply, 100 extra-long staple cotton sheets, generally speaking the maximum thread count is around 600. Look for something with a minimum of 400TC. 

    In a nutshell, go for single-ply, 100 yarns made out of extra-long staple cotton. Thread count above 400 will be good and above 500 will be excellent. 

    MYTH #2: ALWAYS GO FOR EGYPTIAN COTTON, IT'S THE BEST TYPE OF COTTON.

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    If cotton is the old royalty in the textile industry, then Egyptian cotton is the Grand Dame. What makes Egyptian cotton bedsheets so good?

     

    Egyptian cotton is famous for producing very fine threads that are spun into luxurious sheets. The fibers are classified as extra-long staple cotton. However these come only from a particular Egyptian cotton plant, the Gossypium Barbadense. It produces cotton fibers longer than 34mm.

    The Gossypium Barbadense is not just grown in Egypt. In fact, there are other sources like Pima cotton from Peru, West Indian Sea Island cotton, and Xinjiang cotton from China. Egyptian cotton bed sheets are often considered supreme among other cotton types. But are they really the best?

    Myth Busted

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    In assessing your various options for quality bedding, rather than just looking for Egyptian cotton bedsheets, go for extra-long staple fibers, or in its absence, long staple fibers. Extra-long staple cotton sheets have these advantages:

  • Comfort: Few, longer fibers are required to form threads. These threads are finer and smoother as they have fewer interruptions

  • Durability: Extra-long staple cotton fibers are strong, and the few interruptions there are in the yarn the stronger the sheet is. These fibers also pill less and retain their color longer.

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    Also, look for labels and information that what’re you’re buying is 100% extra-long staple cotton, as different qualities of fibers can be mixed together to make a single sheet. These make the most comfortable and durable bedsheets and quilt covers.

    MYTH #3: HEAVIER COMFORTERS OR DUVETS CAN KEEP YOU WARMER THAN LIGHTER ONES.

    Some would say to never buy a heavy duvet especially if you live in regions with warmer climates. One of the common bedding myths is that the blanket weight is directly proportional to the amount of heat it can trap. 

    Myth Busted

    The truth is a weighted blanket or duvet's warmth is determined by its fill power and the caliber of its fill, not by its weight. A heavy comforter or duvet may also make you feel suffocated rather than comfy.

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    The duvet from Weavve is the first one to use 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers in both its outer fabric and inside filling in Singapore, giving you excellent heat regulation capabilities for the utmost in comfort and rest.

    This high-quality duvet was created to promote better sleep throughout the night for all people and through all seasons.

     

    MYTH #4: EXPENSIVE, BRANDED LUXURY SHEETS ARE THE BEST. 

    High-end departmental stores do it so well - beautifully manicured rooms with fine products from the most luxurious brands. Calm music plays and the air-conditioning is set to a perfect level of comfort. In such a setting, it’s almost easy to believe that we should pay premium prices for the products because they are the best.

    Again, the key is to know what you want. Some luxury brand bedsheets are made with great materials, you just need to confirm that by checking the box, with the sales person, or the website. If online, try and ready the company and product information pages, and look for free, no questions asked returns, or a physical venue where you can try the sheets risk-free.

    Myth Busted

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    Luxury brands and expensive price tags don’t always equate to quality. When buying a bed sheet, know what you’re going after, and if it’s quality, which aspects to look out for.

    Branded sheet sets may look good on your bed if you like having their logo there, or if you like their style and design elements. Just remember that part of what you’re paying for goes to the marketing or endorsement costs these brands have incurred.

     

    At the end of the day, it's your sheets and duvet cover, your bedroom, and your sleep. Know the markers of quality and choose accordingly. When choosing the perfect bed sheets for you, keep in mind that price and well-known brands do not always equate to good quality.

    MYTH #5: CROWD YOUR BED WITH PILLOWS FOR OPTIMUM COMFORT.

    Another popular bedding myth is to stuff your bed with as many pillows. More pillows may seem unharmful - after all, they're just soft fluffy items you can hug and rest your head on, right? However, just like anything, excessiveness cannot give you maximum relaxation let alone send you to deep sleep. 

    Myth Busted

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    Overloading your bed might make you feel less comfortable, not to mention make it look full and obstruct your bedding. If you want more than two pillows on your bed, maintain two for sleeping and two for aesthetic purposes that you may also use when sitting or reading in bed.

     

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    As a highly breathable, temperature-regulating, and absorbent fabric, TENCEL™ is well-known for its exquisitely soft and gentle feel. In a range of temperatures, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers can quickly wick away extra moisture to keep the body cool while you sleep. You can worry less about night sweats disturbing your sleep with our hypoallergenic TENCEL™ sheets.

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    With this new innovative duvet filled with 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers inside and out, we hope that every Singaporean will be able to "feel 100% all the time."

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    Here at Weavve, weighted blankets are unique and extra comforting. Instead of being packed with cotton or down to make them heavier, weight blankets contain materials like glass beads. This weight is equally distributed, non-toxic and a smooth, uniform fill across the body to give the impression of a soft hug. The deep touch pressure is intended to give you a sense of security and relaxation.

    The fill is also hypoallergenic which is ideal for people with sensitive skin and allergies. It provides warmth and breathability while giving just the right amount of fluffiness-breathability-warmth ratio for cozy sleep all the way.

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