Silk vs Cotton Pillowcases
There are few things better than lying down in bed on a clean, crisp pillowcase, sliding into the sheets and falling to sleep. What a lot of people don’t realize, though, is that the type of pillowcase they use can have a significant effect on not only how well they are able to sleep, but their overall health as well. If plan on purchasing new pillow cases and aren’t sure which to choose, here is what you need to know about mulberry silk pillowcases and traditional cotton pillowcases:
Smoothness and Feel
How your pillow actually feels is one of the most important things to consider when choosing new pillowcases. With cotton pillowcases increasing the thread count can help improve the smoothness and overall feel, but even Egyptian cotton cannot compare to how smooth mulberry silk pillowcases are.
Cotton is made from a plant fiber that has to be treated before it can be used while mulberry silk is a natural product that is less coarse than cotton. This smoothness adds to the feel of silk pillowcases and can prevent wrinkles and even keep your hair from breaking since your hair will simply glide across the pillow.
Good pillowcases and bad pillowcases are often determined by how well they can regulate temperature. When you go to sleep at night in the winter, you want your pillow to be able to remain warm and retain your body heat, but in the summer months, you want heat to dissipate quickly enough that it keeps your pillow warm.
With cotton pillowcases, material is typically thinner and is a weaker insulator than mulberry silk pillowcases. As a result, silk pillowcases will give you that pleasant cool feeling during the summer so you don’t wake up too hot but it will keep your pillowcase warm enough in the winter that you don’t feel cold.
Moisture wicking is a property of fabric that pulls moisture from your body at night so it can evaporate quickly on the outside of the pillow instead of being trapped on your skin. If you sweat at night, having a pillowcase that effectively wicks moisture is extremely important.
With traditional cotton pillows, moisture is absorbed into the pillowcase and tends to not evaporate which means you can end up soaking your pillow through on warm nights and wake up in a pool of your own sweat. With a mulberry silk pillowcase, however, moisture is pulled from your body and quickly evaporates on the outer surface of the pillowcase which leaves you cool, dry, and comfortable.
Pillowcases do more than provide a barrier between you and your pillow, they can actually have positive benefits to your health. If you suffer from allergies, having a hypoallergenic pillowcase is important. While some cotton pillows can be treated to be hypoallergenic with chemicals, they naturally absorb allergens and dust which can sit on your pillow and cause you to sneeze all night.
Mulberry silk cases, on the other hand, are made from natural silk fed a very specific diet and each fiber is naturally hypoallergenic. That means allergens do not stick to the fabric at all or cause any allergic reaction. Additionally, since each mulberry silk pillowcase is created by protein rich silk, the amino acids within the pillowcase can actually promote shinier, healthier hair and help keep skin clear and aid in rejuvenation as you sleep.
Ultimately if you are looking for a pillow that is not only hypoallergenic but feels great and helps you rest peacefully throughout the night, a mulberry silk pillowcase is the best option available. While it does have a higher price tag than a traditional pillow, the fact that it can repel allergens and bacteria while also promoting healthy skin and hair make it an excellent investment for your home.