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Am I Allergic to my Bed?

Waking up with itchy eyes, a stuffy nose, and repeated sneezing is unpleasant and may even be confusing. What, exactly, is making you feel sick? The down feathers inside your pillow? The type of fabric that your sheets are made of? Something else? It turns out that dust mites are often to blame for much of this morning misery. Bedding, whether it contains feathers or a synthetic material, is a dust mite hot spot. When you breathe into your pillow and sheets each night, that creates a moist environment that allows these microscopic critters to thrive. In fact, your pillow can double in weight in just 18 months due to the buildup of…

How to Buy an Electric Blanket

Blankets are warm, but on super chilly nights, they might not be warm enough. That’s where an electric blanket can come in handy. The most current electric blankets are smart, efficient, and safe. Keep the following suggestions in mind when shopping for one. Pick One That Feels Soft. The outer layers of the blanket can be made of cotton, polyester, fleece, or another fabric, so choose whichever one suits your taste best. After all, you’ll want to be comfortable. Hold it in your hands to ensure that you can’t feel the wires through the fabric (most blankets these days have wires that you can’t feel at all). Look at the Temperature Settings. Some electric blankets…

How to Choose Your Ideal Sheets

The surprising way your bedding can boost your sleep Your bedding doesn’t just help pull your room together aesthetically; it can also impact your sleep. And here’s the good news: You don’t need to spend a fortune to get quality sheets. Not sure what to shop for? These four rules will help you find and care for your next set of bed sheets so you can get an optimal amount of zzz’s. 1. Consider Thread Count. You may have heard that the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets. But you really don’t want a thread count of anything more than 400, especially during the summer. A high thread count traps body heat,…

How to Choose the Right Thread Count

Don’t waste your money on inflated numbers—find out what those digits really mean. When you’re shopping for sheets, it’s easy to believe that thread count is king—and that anything less than a 1,000 thread count will have you sleeping like a pauper. Yes, thread count does impact how your sheets feel and how they wear. But it’s hardly the only factor—or even the most important one. Plus, those numbers on the package may be inflated. Check out the real deal on thread count. How It’s Measured. Thread count (sometimes abbreviated “tc”) is a sum of the number of threads per inch both lengthwise and widthwise. For example, if there are 100 threads per inch horizontally and 100…