Silk Bedding and What You Need to Know About It

It’s nearly impossible not to want silk bedding when you read about their benefits or see their pictures, boy do they look luxurious. Worse, sellers guarantee once you fly first class with silk bedding you will never settle for less.
Just in case you blinked in class that the day, silk is a high end kind of fabric that was previously rare, expensive and widely considered a comfort of the rich. So rare that, in fact, it is reported that during its early years in the Chinese empire only the emperor and close family relations could wear it and with time other officials were allowed the privilege of the silk.
Legend has it that the silk was discovered by Chinese princess Xi Ling Shi when a cocoon fell in her tea and unraveled itself into a strand. Upon this realization, she is reported to have instructed her servants to weave the strand. The Chinese were so grateful and impressed with her discovery that she was named a goddess and patron deity of weaving.
Fast forward in time after the Chinese had kept the silk a secret for many years it finally found its way to Europe through the Silk trading route as a very precious commodity. So precious that it was believed to be more valuable than gold such that, at the time, the Roman emperor Heliogabalus was the only one who wore a garment made purely silk.
What made the garment, so expensive and rare was due to intricacies of production and harvest of silk. It is made by the silk worm in its larva stage before becoming a moth from a protein secreted from two salivary glands located on the worms head. In order to harvest them the cocoons are placed in boiling water to dissolve sericin, and many are placed together to help unravel and harvest strong strands. One cocoon is said to be able produce between 300 to 900 meters of thread.
Silk is recommended as by far the best fabric for bedding because it has impressive health benefits and the frill it provides in bed is second to none.
Doctors confirm that bedding play a significant role in sleeping disorders and considering we spend a third of our life asleep, it is allot of time to spend in an uncomfortable state
Silk is invaluable to people who suffer from allergic disorders. Asthma and sneezing fits are an examples of such allergies that are brought about by dust mites. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic (and free of added synthetic chemicals) meaning that dust mites cannot survive in silk hence giving allergy prone patients a much desired sleep and peace.
It can aid those suffering from dry skin and eczema by helping the skin reabsorb moisture through the naturally occurring amino acids found within silk. The soft nature of silk drapes over the body eliminates single points of pressure and this not only beneficial to those who suffer from shingles but gives the user increased comfort and quality sleep. The long and soft tightly woven fibers help the skin retain its moisture waking up with healthy glowing skin that shows fewer wrinkles. It is also good for your hair as less damage and static to your hair mean it will look beautiful and shiny in the morning.
Silk also has a remarkable ability to keep us warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm. Experts assert that it can do this by allowing our body heat to disperse. Normal bedding act by reflecting back our body heat and this in most cases after some time leads to overheating which many people find to be a very uncomfortable affair.
It is almost okay to forget everything you need to know about silk bedding, but not how to discern quality silk bedding and how to take care of them. A measure used to gauge quality of silk is known as the momme count which should be 12 or higher. For sheets, it would be advisable to choose wild silk or mulberry which is generally more affordable and retains the desired quality.
It is however important to note that to get the benefits of silk, one must go for 100% silk and not other artificial products like satin, rayon, polyester or even nylon. All these are man-made fabrics that try to replicate the texture and characteristics of silk.
Silk does not come cheap as compared to other fabrics, and would last for more than a decade if taken care of properly. One is advised to wash them separately in a machine. Further to this they can be put in a laundry bag and also ensure the machine is set at 30 degrees Celsius or lower.
When drying avoid the sun as it makes silk fade, rather go for a cloudy, warm day or hang it in the house to dry overnight. Alternatively one can put it in the lowest compartment of the drier but making sure it is running on just air but no heat and then removing it before it is completely dry.
Silk bedding come in a variety of color and designs. Silk bedding available online and from retail stores. So go out there today and buy yourself a piece of cloud to sleep on.