About sleep and sheets

I’ve learned something valuable lately… The bedding you choose to wrap yourself in at night can make or break your sleep. This may sound like I’m late to Club Obvious, but hear me out.

I’ve recently moved and now have a single bed. I’m starting over somewhat and thanks to the kindness of a good friend (and affordable rent), I have a roof over my head. He’s had his own single bed for years and so I’ve been borrowing some of his sheets and such till I can piece together my own range. We have very different tastes in this area and herein lies my recent discovery- the wrong sheets (and duvet/blanket/whatever) can contribute to insomnia.

This may not be a major issue for most people, but I have a couple of things working against me in bed (hush now): I have Restless Legs Syndrome and also ADHD. With both come a kind of hypersensitivity to tactile information. Turns out, I can’t sleep in flannel sheets. I fidget (more than usual), feel like my skin is being wicked of its moisture, and the cloth feels smothering to my body- not warm or hot, just smothering. I’ve tested this theory (during sleepless nights) a few times in the past month and as soon as I return to a smooth, cotton or poly-cotton touching my skin, I sleep. Like, immediately.

I’ve had insomnia most nights for the month or so I’ve been in my new environment. I’ve also found I’m very sensitive to the rustling of a down comforter. It feels and sounds like I’m sleeping in plastic carrier bags. I can dampen the sensation by having a cotton blanket on top of the down duvet, but I still struggle to tune out the crunchiness of a bag full of feathers and the lining that helps prevent those feathers from poking through. (Pair that with having an insomnia-related tinnitus flare-up and there might as well be a frat party of noise in my head.)

This is all new to me, as I’ve never been in a position where I’ve borrowed bedding so different to what I’m used to, and I’m not ungrateful for the offer, but I’m running on the fumes of sleep most days. Today, I sucked it up and spent money on new sheets. They’re budget-minded (I’ve never owned fine bedlinen anyway), but should help me get some sleep. Let’s hope so, anyway; Zombie is only a fashionable look until the end of this month…

2 thoughts on “About sleep and sheets”

  1. Argh! I wish I’d thought about this stuff earlier! Explains my sleep issues when I sleep away and why I chose the duvet I have.

    Hope you get your sleeping arrangements sorted soon.

    – Neil. x

  2. It all makes a huge difference. Last night I slept with a knackered old bed sheet that I keep as a prop when I’m modelling; slept much better than under flannel. (I’m also on a normal fitted bed sheet of cotton, so that was already ok.)
    The catch was when I woke around 3am, then couldn’t avoid hearing the down duvet rustling. I had to push it off and grab a different blanket. Still, it’s progress, and I know I’ll get it all sorted. 🙂

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