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.