When it comes to going to bed, there are a lot of arguments to be had whether you’re a parent or a partner. What time is best? What kind of pillows are the most comfortable? How many pillows should you have?
Today, we are focusing on something a little more fitted. This is an argument that has been going on for decades – do you tuck the sheets in at the end of the bed when you go to sleep? Or not?
Believe it or not, the answer to whether to tuck your sheet in or not will probably depend on where you were raised. Many people in the United States and Canada prefer to have their flat sheet tucked in at the foot of the bed. Across the Atlantic Ocean, most European people prefer to let their sheets, and their feet, be free.
This is likely caused by the differences in the types of linens used in Europe and North America. In Europe, the most common form of blankets found in stores are duvets that come with a removable cover. They are usually filled with polyfill or some sort of down. The covers are designed to protect the duvet from wear and tear, as well as any spills. Duvet covers also offer easy ways to change color schemes in your bedroom because they are much more inexpensive than buying a whole new blanket set.
In the US and Canada, you are much more likely to find comforters or quilts. You will find sheet sets include an extra piece of fabric known as a flat sheet or a top sheet. Unlike a fitted sheet, this has no elastic on it and is only designed to separate your body from the comforter. It’s actually not much different from a duvet cover in purpose, though it fits a little differently aesthetically.
Another big difference between North American homes and European ones is the likelihood of central air conditioning. North American homes are much more likely to have forced air throughout their home, which can be a problem for people who are sensitive to the feeling of air on their extremities. Extra sheets can trap body heat and sweat in the bed, so this can be a reason to remove the top sheet if you run warm at night. If you want a top sheet but want to cool down, try one that is made from cotton or bamboo. These fabrics breathe a lot more than synthetic blends do.
People who make the bed on a daily basis are also more likely to enjoy their sheets tucked in around them. If you are one of those people who love the feeling of being surrounded by your sheets, you might enjoy using a weighted blanket. It gives you the safe and cozy feeling of being tucked in without needing to actually be tucked in. This could be a good compromise in case your partner doesn’t like to be tucked into bed at night. They’re also great for helping ground you if you have a tendency to have panic or anxiety attacks.
Guest Author Bio
Jackie Kepler is a MattressReviews.net sleep professional. She enjoys sleeping with cats, but sleeps on a king size bed because she needs her space, too.