Sheet Or No Sheet, That Is The Question

October 02, 2019

Sheet Or No Sheet, That Is The Question

The part of the country that you grew up in, family habits and influences, and the temperature of the bedroom all can contribute to a person’s decision to use or to not use a top sheet when sleeping. Another deciding factor seems to be a person’s age. Many millennials prefer no top sheet. Shakespeare may have asked, “To be, or not to be, that is the question,” but those of us who sleep know that “To use a top sheet, or not to use a top sheet,” is the real question.

To determine which way is better, we need to weigh the pros and the cons of using a top sheet versus going without one:

Pros of using a top sheet -

  • They’re thin which helps make them feel comfortable.
  • They’re lightweight which helps you stay cool when sleeping under one.
  • They create a barrier for irritants in the air.
  • They’re hygienic against things such as bacteria, animal dander, fungi, and body excrement, just to name a few.
  • They’re easier to wash than a comforter, or even a duvet cover (which is twice as thick).
  • They’re durable and are created to withstand repeated washings.
  • They’re versatile since they can be used as either a top sheet or a bottom sheet (many hotels use a flat sheet as the bottom sheet).

Cons of using a top sheet -

  • They can create an extra layer which can in turn trap in heat.
  • They can get twisted during sleep, causing discomfort.
  • They aren’t necessary if using a duvet, as long as the duvet is cleaned at least once a week.
  • They can create additional maintenance, especially when making up the bed. (Let’s be realistic - is it that difficult to make a bed with a top sheet on it, or is it possible that people who use this argument are being lazy?)

I believe there to be far many more pros than cons for using a top sheet and I won’t be getting rid of mine, well, ever. I do know, however, that there are people who do not use a top sheet, and their opinion also will never be swayed. Do me a favor though, please? Even if you don’t sleep with a top sheet, if you ever have people stay overnight at your house, make sure you have one to offer them. On the reverse, if you do use a top sheet, don’t get offended if your guests don’t. Either way, it’s a good thing that you can often buy fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases separately or as a set, isn’t it? This way no matter which side of the bed you fall on, there is the perfect option for you.

Do you use a flat sheet?
Have you tried sleeping both with and without one?


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