The 5 Benefits of Sleeping on Silk
Silk is considered the queen of natural fibers – smooth and luxurious to the touch, shiny and lustrous to the eye. The most common type of silk, mulberry silk, is made from the cocoons of Bombyx mori silkworms fed on a diet of mulberry leaves. The main inner portion of a silk fibre is made up of a protein called fibroin, and surrounding it is a covering of a gum-like protein called sericin. These proteins lend silk its distinctive texture and valuable properties.
Given its splendid feel and look, real silk can be expensive. It might be your dream fabric for gowns and suits, but probably not your first choice when it comes everyday items like your bed sheets and pillowcases. But if you can afford it, science shows that silk is worth the extra expense. Don’t sleep on these benefits of sleeping on silk!
1 – Silk prevents wrinkles
The first thing you’ll notice about silk is that it’s very smooth and slippery – instead of wrinkling or creasing during movement, it’ll just slip back into its usual state. That’s great for your skin, because the constantly smooth surface of silk beddings despite tossing and turning on top of them means creases won’t rub on your skin, causing friction and trauma that eventually leads to wrinkles.
Switch to silk: Trade in your cotton pillowcases for silk ones! If you can’t afford a full set of silk sheets, switching to silk pillowcases can be a good start. The smooth surface of silk will allow your face to slide across the pillowcase, instead of rubbing at your skin like cotton. For extra wrinkle prevention, it’s also recommended that you sleep on your back instead of your face or your sides to really prevent friction on your face.
2 – Silk won’t dry out your skin
Silk is not as absorbent as typical bedding fabrics like cotton or linen. Silk is made of fine and waxy protein fibres, while linen and cotton are made from coarser vegetable fibres that are dry and absorbent. As a result, silk won’t absorb the moisture from your face when you set your head down on your pillow at night. Better yet, if you’ve applied night creams or medications on your face before bed, silk won’t mop those up!
Switch to silk: If you use sleep masks, use ones made of silk instead of cotton. Silk sleep masks block out the light without letting all the night serums and creams you’ve put on your face go to waste!
3 – Silk is gentle on your hair
Silk is kind to your hair too! Sleeping on rough fabric like wool or cotton doesn’t just generate friction against your skin, it tugs and rubs on your hair as well. In comparison, the smooth nature of silk lets your hair strands slide freely along the fabric as you sleep.
As silk isn’t absorbent, it also won’t suck away the moisture and oils from your hair, so it’s still shiny and bouncy when you wake up. Your hair is permitted to grow without being traumatised every night, allowing for longer, thicker strands.
Switch to silk: If you tend to wake with dry and tangled hair, consider silk hair wraps to secure your long locks during sleep! You’ll avoid bedhead and be able to preserve your blow-dry from the previous night, saving you prep time the next morning. Use hair wraps made from 100% silk that won’t absorb the moisture and oils from your hair, unlike synthetic poly-silk or satin blends.
4 – Silk prevents allergies
Silk is a popular hypoallergenic material. That’s because sericin, the protein silk fibres are made out of, is naturally repellent against dust mites, mold, and mildew. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed on human skin cells, commonly found in places in the home that come in contact with the skin, like bedding and furniture upholstery. Dust mite particles are responsible for allergic reactions when inhaled.
With silk sheets, dust mites can’t burrow into the tight weave, making it harder for them to breed. Silk’s smooth surface also means dirt won’t cling to it, and any debris can be easily brushed or washed away.
Switch to silk: Silk sheets will be a good investment if you suffer from allergies and asthma. Sure, they might feel like a splurge, but you’ll see the difference when you can sleep through the night without waking up to wheeze, sneeze, and grope around in the dark for your inhaler! There’s no price tag on a good night’s sleep.
5 – Silk keeps you at the right temperature
We’ve long known that silk has temperature-regulating properties, but we’ve only recently figured out why! A study has shown the fine architecture of silk lends it a high emissivity for infrared light; basically, silk radiates more heat than it absorbs. That means it reflects body heat back at you when the weather is cold, and it throws off excess heat to keep you cool when the weather is warm. This makes it an appropriate fabric to use for bedding no matter what the weather!
Switch to silk: Would you do things by halves by sleeping on silk sheets and still wearing cotton pyjamas? Switch to silk pyjamas as well, and reap the benefits of silk in direct contact with your skin everywhere, every season!