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When it comes to bed­ding fab­rics that will pro­mote a good night’s sleep Lau­ren Roe from online bed­ding store I Love Linen (pic­tured be­low) says you can’t go past nat­u­ral fi­bres such as cot­ton and linen.

“They will al­ways cost a lit­tle more but your sleep and health is so im­por­tant so it’s the best choice you can make,” she says. “Look at high qual­ity cot­ton or French flax linen.”

The thread count in bed­ding can of­ten con­fuse peo­ple but, as Lau­ren ex­plains, it refers to how many threads of fi­bre have been wo­ven into your fab­ric. Which one you pre­fer is a mat­ter of per­sonal taste.

“The higher the thread count the more cot­ton or flax is in your bed­ding,” Lau­ren says. “Typ­i­cally higher thread counts such as 1000 in cot­ton will pro­duce a more lux­u­ri­ous sheet, but for fi­bres like flax which is thicker and more coarse, it will be ab­so­lutely fine wo­ven around the 400 thread count mark.”

Sleep ex­pert Ch­eryl Fin­gle­son from The Sleep Coach says nat­u­ral fi­bres are more con­ducive to a good sleep be­cause they can pull sweat away from your body and are nat­u­rally an­timi­cro­bial, mak­ing your more com­fort­able.

“Al­lergy ex­perts highly rec­om­mend wash­ing sheets and pil­low­cases in hot water fre­quently to help rid your linens of dust mites,” she says.

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