It’s not you it’s your pyjamas.
Whether or not you get a good night’s sleep depends on a number of different factors, such as the quality of your mattress, how many times your children ask you to come chase away ghosts and ninjas, the temperature, if you have overeaten, if your overactive mind is trying to remember the 200 items on tomorrows shopping list, etc.
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, it might surprise you that your pyjamas might be to blame. They can have a huge impact on how comfortable you feel when in bed. My go to sleepwear for a long time was a raggedy old t shirt. Nowadays because I often have to go into my son in the middle of the night I have a David Nieper two set and don’t want to fumble around getting dressed in the dark. But with so many different types of sleepwear on sale how do you choose?
Think about the weather.
Your temperature can affect how well you sleep, so always choose weather-appropriate pyjamas. During colder months you should opt for thicker material or consider layering up. Similarly, during warm weather, you should choose thinner fabrics to avoid overheating. Some people are fans of sleeves, and in winter shirts are popular, but for summer months think cool, spaghetti straps or loose fitting tees.
You don’t want to feel constricted, especially around the bust. That said I hate low v tops where you will wake up and find your boob on the pillow. Fitted camisoles and tank tops are a good choice, my go to clothes when breastfeeding. Pick elasticated bottoms and why not consider buying a size bigger than usual for additional comfort. If you are going for a nightgown long shirts may make you feel boho chic wondering round your kitchen but you may find yourself tangled up. Similarly with mini skirted nighties I tend to wake with my bum in the air. I am not a graceful being during the hours of 10pm and 7am.
Avoid buttons or zips.
Whilst they may add a bit of style to sleepwear, they aren’t always practical or comfortable. This can disrupt your sleep. Buttoned bottoms can also pop open and not all come with spares of they are lost. If you want extras pick something with open pockets which are always useful.
The soft touch.
It may seem obvious but it’s often best to shop for pyjamas in store rather than buy online so you can cop a feel. Even though something may look comfortable you may find after washing certain fabrics feel scratchy and uncomfortable. You should always opt for materials in soft, flexible materials that remain comfortable regardless of how much you move about in your sleep.
The list below describes the benefits of the popularly used natural fabrics to help in picking the perfect pyjamas. Just remember it’s all about personal comfort and preference which suit the wearer’s body shape and size.
Cotton is a lightweight, breathable material, allowing air circulation when wearing it to sleep in so it doesn’t irritate the skin.In cooler either it does not provide as much insulation as other fabrics. The colours from cotton can run, which can discolour other clothing when washing. An inexpensive material, there are diverse collections of cotton nightgowns available in all shapes, sizes, prints and styles
Although silk does conjure images of sensuality, its benefit is not just in its attractive appearance. Silk is a natural protein fiber and very lightweight but is still tough and durable fabric. Pure silk can be expensive and will need to be laundered carefully to avoid shrinkage. Despite these benefits, sleeping in silk isn’t for everyone. This slippery fabric can be annoying for people that aren’t used to it.
Not just for Pandas. This natural fabric feels silken to touch, and the breathable weave improves comfort and absorbency (ideal for those pesky pregnancy night sweats). For anyone that suffers from allergies or sensitive skin bamboo pyjamas are hypoallergenic. Additionally bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, ideal for individuals with breathing issues, such as asthma.
Not just for eighty year old men. Perfect for colder seasons it is a soft, thick material but is also still breathable because of its loose knit. A preferable choice over wool pyjamas which can often lead to overheating, the most common cause of sleeplessness. Wool may also irritate sensitive skin, causing itchiness which can wake you.
To avoid irritation and skin infections, many medical professionals suggest that you should ditch underwear alongside your pyjamas when going to sleep.
Do you have a favourite type of sleepwear or shop that is your go to place to buy from?