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Sleeping in Satin can make you sweaty

Sleep with Satin?

As I sit here sweltering in the tropics heat – 34’C today – scrolling through the online stores to distract myself, I noticed multiple silk/satin items on display. These are advertised as healthy options for ongoing skin and hair care even as you sleep. But is it practical? Especially in the tropics?

A preliminary perusal of the available information praised silk/satin as great fabrics. Silk regulates body temperature naturally all night through making it theoretically great for keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. But does that factor in the humidity? Imagine, for example, attempting to sleep on satin/silk sheets in satin/silk clothes in an AC-devoid room at a temperature of 34’C and humidity of 55%. I think I just described the proverbial “hell”. Imagine further a person with hyperhidrosis(excessive sweating). No doubt you shuddered just envisioning the sweat pooling in joint creases and gluing your body to your luxurious silk/satin sheets. A disaster!

Clearly it’s not one size fits all when it comes to sleep paraphernalia. If, then, your environment is not cookie-cutter perfect for silk/satin fabrics. Consider alternatives which will improve your sleep though not always trendy. Choose breathable sheets and clothes that can keep you cool for example, bamboo, linen or cotton:

  • Bamboo – soft, cool, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, sustainable.
  • Linen – absorbs up to 20% of its weight in moisture before feeling damn, durable, repels dirt and bacteria.
  • Cotton – easily accessible, wide range of prices, absorbs heat from the body, durable.

Interestingly, an alternative for sleepwear is none. Yep! Let’s talk about sleeping in the nude next time on
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