20 Mar 2017
Bedding fabrics that will give you a cooler night of sleep
Photos: ING Image and King Koil Singapore
The changing climate has become more intense in recent years. For us living in a hotter climate, we often struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep without air-conditioning when the weather gets overly warm and uncomfortable at night.
To stay cool and fresh while sleeping on warm nights, fabric selection is just as important as choosing the right mattress and pillows. Simply switching out the types of fabrics used in your bedding can actually make a difference in preventing clammy night sweats and keeping your bed cool and comfortable.
So, if you’re looking to beat the heat and enjoy a restful sleep with environmentally friendly bedding products, here are five cooling fabrics that are designed to wick away moisture and keep your body at a regulated temperature while you sleep.
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1. Aloe Vera
Commonly used as a topical cream for sunburns, insect bites and skin abrasions, you probably already knew about the many cooling and healing effects of aloe vera. However the benefits of this super plant are more than skin-deep.
Made from the sap of an aloe vera leaf, which contains more than 160 pure natural substances with benefits that have been scientifically proven, aloe vera has also been used in food, pharmaceutical, beauty and bedding products.
According to research, a mattress cover that’s treated with aloe vera is able to achieve an energy balance inside the human body and provides a soft sensation thus allowing you to sleep better and wake up feeling rejuvenated. Also, the organically nutritious ingredients in aloe vera help to keep you sweat-free and at the same time provide a regenerative and moisturising effect on the skin.
Packed with health-boosting substances and therapeutic qualities, it is no wonder that bedding products infused with the special properties of aloe vera are often touted as “best buy” items.
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A plant that is harvested and spun into silky soft threads known as bamboo yarn. Despite being a relatively new entry into the world of bedding fabrics, bamboo yarn is fast gaining popularity and with good reasons too.
Bamboo yarn is known for its exceptional breathability, quick-drying and anti-fungal qualities. Made from pure bamboo pulp fibres with microscopic gaps that allow more air to flow between the fabric and your skin, the microstructure also gives the fabric its superbly supple, silky and luxurious feel.
Fully biodegradable and highly sustainable, the super eco-friendly natural product will always stay cool and fresh and even works as a form of natural “air-conditioning” during warm weather nights.
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3. Pure silk
A fibre with exceptional qualities, pure silk has long been established as a highly prized fabric for its luxurious and sensuous feel. Despite it being super delicate and ultra smooth to the touch, pure silk is highly resilient and is known for being the strongest natural textile fibre in the world.
A natural protein fibre, pure silk is obtained from cocoons of the mulberry silkworms (so called because they feed solely on mulberry leaves) and has a natural affinity with the human skin. Why so? Basically silk is to human skin is what cheese is to wine – remarkably compatible together.
Unlike some traditional fabric that draws moisture from your skin and hair as you sleep, pure silk excels at moisture absorption and is naturally mould resistant. It allows your skin to retain its natural moisture thus ensuring maximum comfort at the right temperature and is ideally suited for the high humidity in Singapore. This in turn prevents skin irritation, making this hypoallergenic fabric the perfect skin-friendly material for allergy sufferers.
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A type of fibre made from cellulose found in wood pulp – a totally new concept, tencel yarn is considered “a real revolution in the world of mattress ticking” as knitted mattress fabrics were only limited to cotton yarn, wool and/or synthetic yarn base previously.
Produced through an environmentally friendly process, tencel is a green product and boasts plenty of aesthetic and textural benefits. The fabric is made up of lots of tiny fibres with airy properties, which makes [it] superbly soft with natural breathability, totally washable and resistant to creases, and at the same time absorbs more moisture [than cotton].
What’s more, the eco-friendly and innovative fibre is lightweight yet offers the strength and resistance (when wet or dry) of a synthetic yarn. A natural luxury fibre with a skin-friendly softness, tencel is highly recommended for people with allergic reactions and dermatological problems.
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A high-performance fabric designed to keep you cool, dry and comfortable at night, CoolMax was originally used in sportswear for top athletes because of its ability to transport sweat away from the body and through the fabric, and its quick-drying function.
Using the same properties and fibre technology, CoolMax is now used in bedding to optimise moisture management, leaving your mattress cool and dry to you give a comfortable night’s sleep. The hexagonal structure of the fibres increases evaporation by transferring moisture released during sleep to the surface of the mattress. This helps to reduce night perspiration thus ensuring that you feel cool and fresh all night long.
Thanks to its moisture-regulating, fast-drying and high absorbing capabilities, CoolMax makes an idea mattress fabric especially for places with a warm climate. What’s more, CoolMax fabric is treated with antifungal properties and built to last because of its natural qualities – making it stain-free and keeping its moisture-regulating properties intact even after multiple wash cycles.