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Posted on 15/03/2015 by Anne DaviesSleep
You will spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping. With so much time spent in bed it is important to create an environment that supports good sleep behaviours.
Considering positive sleep environments for children helps set up good sleep habits for the future which they will continue independently.
Choosing good quality bedding will helps support a happy bedtime. When choosing the right bedding think carefully about each of the following areas:
When you think of sleeping, what comes to mind when colour
Do you prefer bright, bold colours that are warm and
inviting? Or a cool, crisp colour such as white? Whatever your colour
preference, there will be a bedding set to suit, and the same goes for
For children’s bedding, there are cartoon and superhero
characters as well as rainbow colours which create a bright, refreshing room.
If you have teenagers, they may prefer contemporary colours in bold stripes or
geometric designs; both of which look great when paired with polka dots.
When choosing bed coverings, it is important to know the
difference in types of fabrics. You may have a personal preference or need to
avoid certain fabrics that aggravate allergies. Using the information below
will help you choose an awesome bedding fabric for your room or for any member
of your household.
Some materials and blends have been around for years and
have proven their worth as a good quality bedding fabric.
Combed Cotton – This cotton has been ‘combed’ to
remove short fibres and impurities which ensures that sheets made
from this fabric are smooth and soft.
Flannel – Sheets made from flannel are available
in various weights; measured by the number of ounces of material in a square
yard. Flannel sheets are particularly good for babies and are excellent at
Muslin – This is a rough cotton which is
long-wearing and often found in colourful bedding sets designed for young
children. However, muslin can struggle to withstand the frequent washing
required for children’s bedding; it can become bobbled and faded over time.
Percale – This fabric is super soft and fine as
it is made from either 100% combed cotton or a poly-cotton blend. Percale is
particularly popular with parents due to the lack of wrinkles.
Egyptian Cotton – As the name would suggest,
these sheets are made from cotton grown in Egypt. These sheets have a high
thread count and are considered to be very luxurious.
Italian Linen – These linen sheets are made in
Italy however they are actually made from Egyptian Cotton, so therefore have
the same high quality and excellent reputation.
Pima Cotton – This bedding has a soft and silky
feel; not dissimilar to Egyptian cotton. This cotton originates from Pima,
For bedding to enhance sleep, it must be comfortable. Opt
for soft bed coverings and ensure you choose lighter ones in summer and heavier
ones in winter. Also, consider personal preference; some people like a cold
room with a very warm bed, and others prefer a hot room and a cool bed.
Children’s bedding will not be complete without the perfect
pillow. If allergies are a concern, choose pillows and other bedding made from
hypoallergenic materials. One-hundred percent cotton works well and pillows or
a duvet should
be stuffed with synthetic down. Additionally, latex covers resist mould and
Everyone wants a good night’s sleep. Considering colour,
fabric, and comfort will provide the best bedding and will guarantee a happy
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