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5 Best Bedding Materials to Keep Out the Winter Chill

by Pam Silvia

Even though we’re nearing the end of the holiday season, winter has just begun. To keep the winter chill out of your bedroom, we suggest that you invest in premium bedding materials that are designed to maintain your microclimate under the covers.

Here are 5 bedding materials to consider when outfitting you mattress for the winter season.

1. Cotton

female hands holding the cotton branch with pile of folded bed sheets and blankets

During the cold-weather months, it is a pragmatic move to dress in layers so that you can easily adjust between your office’s heated climate and the chilly parking lot. The same principle can apply to your selection of winter bedding. Cotton is a natural fabric that is known for its moisture-wicking abilities, which makes it an ideal pick for people who run hot when they sleep. It should be noted that thread count affects heat, with higher thread counts creating hotter sheets; that said, to better regulate your body temperature without overheating, experts recommend capping your sheet’s thread count at 800.

Other cotton-adjacent bedding materials include cotton jersey (also marketed as “t-shirt jersey”), which is one of the softest and warmest linens on the market. If you’re looking for optimal comfort, this bedding fabric mimics the feel of your favorite lived-in t-shirt.

2. Flannel

There is a reason flannel is considered a cold-weather staple, and it only makes sense that bedding woven from the same material will keep you just as toasty in bed. Soft and breathable, flannel bed sheets are a great “in-between option,” as the material is considered a semi-cross between cotton and fleece.

3. Fleece

female hand pulls out a striped fuzzy blanket from the chest of drawers in a room

No doubt the warmest bedding material on the market, fleece is ideal for sleepers who reside in freezing-cold regions, as it can help you withstand sub-zero temperatures. While its name derives from what we call a sheep’s coat, modern fleece is actually made by weaving very fine fibers (from cotton and polyester) into a light fabric, which is then brushed into a dense, fuzzy fabric.

Outside of blankets, you’ll find fleece in winter loungewear, gloves, hats, scarves, and earmuffs, and in the lining of thick leggings. If those fashion pieces evoke a sense of comfort for you, then imagine wrapping yourself in a sprawling blanket made from the same material.

4. Velvet

A velvet comforter or throw is luxuriance you can feel. In addition to excellent wrinkle resistance, and elasticity, velvet fabrics have great insulation properties. If you are drawn to aesthetics, velvet blankets and pillow covers have a beautiful sheen and are very comfortable to the touch.

5. Silk

tray of coffee with chocolate and book on silk bed sheets

We know — this one is surprising. But make no mistake. While it is commonly regarded as a thin (and luxurious) fabric, silk is great at retaining heat, as the cellular structure of silk makes it naturally insulating and temperature-regulating. By the same token, silk bed sheets are a fantastic choice for staying cool in the summer, making them a versatile option for year-round sleeping conditions.

If that’s not enough, this bedding material can be your newest beauty secret. Resting your head on a silk pillowcase can improve your skin hydration, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and result in smoother, frizz-free hair.

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