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How Can Silk Make a Difference to your Night’s Sleep?

At Gingerlily, we love leep so much that Sleep Awareness Week (6th - 13th March) just isn’t long enough for us, so we’re dedicating a full month to it. If you’ve ever wondered how silk can help you get a better night’s sleep, how your diet can affect your tiredness, and how Feng Shui can put your mind at ease; keep following our blog over the coming weeks. We’ll be featuring a number of experts who will be giving advice on how you can minimise disruption to your sleep pattern and de-stress, so you get the best night’s sleep possible. This week we’re discussing the health benefits of our range of silk products. Whether it’s bedding, cushions, or nightwear, there are multiple reasons to invest in silk.

Beautiful skin

Skin

Silk always feels great against your skin, but experts have evidence to suggest that it can also help stop ageing. The material contains a natural protein, as a well a number of all-important amino acids. Studies have concluded that amino acids can make wrinkles appear smoother as the nervous system becomes more relaxed. Silk also contains a natural chemical albumen, which speeds up the skin’s metabolism, so that skin cells can develop and repair. It doesn’t absorb moisture, either, which is ideal if you apply facial creams before bed. So, while cotton pillowcases might absorb some of the cream, silk pillowcases ensure it’s all absorbed while you sleep. The material is also particularly useful for those who have skin conditions, such as eczema. Other bedding materials can often aggravate skin conditions like eczema overnight by causing the skin to overheat, losing precious moisture. However, silk is light, smooth and allows your body to retain moisture, reducing the chance of your skin becoming dry and itchy overnight. Silk gives you peace of mind that you can get a great night’s sleep. It’s natural, anti-aging, anti-itch properties mean our luxurious silk pillowcases and bed linen are the perfect accompaniment to an undisturbed night’s sleep.

Warm Bed

Temperature

The natural properties of silk and its double-stranded fibres are similar to human hair, which explains why the material is perfectly suited to keeping your body temperature cool. Silk provides a breathable, yet insulating barrier between yourself and the surrounding temperature, which can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Gingerlily’s silk nightwear and pyjamas are ideal for regulating your temperature and helping you to achieve a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Hair

Silk pillowcases can provide significant benefits for the health of your hair. Although silk does not absorb liquids, it’s ‘moisture wicking’ qualities help to move excess moisture and grease away from your body. It helps ensure that your hair can remain dry and lacking in grease the following morning. The smoothness of the material also reduces thinning of the hair which can lead to potential split ends. Cotton can create friction between your head and the pillow, which lead to frazzled, damaged hair. The material’s anti-static qualities also prevent your hair from knotting

Joint disorders

For centuries, the Chinese realised that silk had the ability to ease aches and pains. To this day, the material is still used for that very purpose. Unlike other types of bedding and night clothing, silk lies gently onto the body. Whilst having similar cooling qualities to cotton, silk puts less pressure on problematic joints which eliminates painful pressure points, meaning you have a more comfortable night’s rest.

Bedding for Allergies

Asthma and allergies

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, then it is likely that you will have had many sleepless nights if you use cotton sheets. Symptoms can include:
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing issues
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
Silk bedding and silk pillowcases can significantly improve allergy symptoms due to hypoallergenic qualities of the material. The structure of the material means that it’s harder for dust mites to breed and for allergens to irritate. Dust mites are considered to be the number one reason for asthmatic triggers in a bedroom. They can cause reactions due to their excretions, which become airborne and are inhaled during sleep. This can have a severe effect on the quality of your sleeping time and can leave you feeling groggy the next morning. Next week our experts will be providing a number of practical tips so that you can achieve a better night’s sleep.­