Mattresses aren’t the only things to consider in the quest for a good night’s sleep. Bedding also can play a key role.
All things cotton, a very popular natural fiber, are traditional summer go-tos, but there’s buzz about bamboo joining the ranks as a popular choice for some “cool” bedding/products.
When outside temperatures recently hovered around 121 degrees in Palm Desert and remained sizzling throughout the evening, Danette Ferro and her family rested comfortably on beds bedecked in bamboo – the mattress, the sheets and even the pillows.
Ferro had been looking at switching from cotton to bamboo bedding for sometime but was cautious. She started with pillows and noticed right away there wasn’t a moisture problem. So she decided to take the plunge.
“The difference was immediate,” she said. “You know how when you sleep you tend to sleep in the same spot and that gets bumpy? With our bamboo mattress you don’t have to find a comfort spot — it ultimately finds your comfort spot.”
The National Sleep Foundation offers the following suggestions to help you rest easier.
1. Keep a regular schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same times, even on weekends or during vacations.
2. Don’t nap during the day.
4. Design your sleeping environment. Ideally, the temperature in your bedroom should be between 60 to 67 degrees. Get rid of unnecessary sources of noise or light.
5. Use comfortable mattresses and pillows.
It seems that buyers are paying attention to the last suggestion and so are retailers.
“I was skeptical, until a friend told me about bedding at a ranch in Texas,” said Jer Kahala of Long Beach, a bamboo convert. So I tried it. I’m not sure how to describe bamboo, but it’s cooling, providing a refreshing feeling.
“I’ve had water beds and even memory foam mattresses, but the combination of a mattress and sheets, well, it’s amazing.”
Lisa Long and her husband, Kevin, own Cariloha, a bamboo clothing and bedding…