What to wear to bed: The best sleepwear for a good night’s sleep

What to wear to bed: The best sleepwear for a good night’s sleep

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Choosing the right sleepwear can help you get the good night’s sleep that you deserve. Mainly it’s to do with body temperature (as well as comfort, obviously). So natural fabrics are the order of the day, in light of their ultra-breathability compared to synthetic materials.

The best materials for pyjamas


Cotton is a lightweight and breathable material, allowing air circulation when wearing it to sleep in. This material causes minimal irritation to skin, promoting a comfortable night’s sleep. Be careful though, as cotton provides little insulation and could cause you to be too cold when temperatures are low. It therefore might be best to bring out the cotton PJs when temperatures are a little warmer.


I know what you’re thinking, fancy shmancy. But this lightweight, breathable material is super soft and comfortable to sleep in. This magical material provides warmth when you are cold, and cools you when you’re hot. Despite these benefits, sleeping in silk isn’t for everyone. This slippery fabric can be annoying for people that aren’t used to it. Not only this, but silk usually needs to be dry cleaned...talk about high maintenance.


This natural fabric is more comfortable than it sounds, being silky and soft to touch. This material should keep you at the perfect temperature for a comfortable sleep. The list of benefits is long; bamboo pyjamas are hypoallergenic and therefore beneficial for allergy sufferers. As well as this, they are also eco-friendly… guilt-free pyjamas!


Flannel is an insulating and thick material for pyjamas, adding warmth to you on the colder days. It is also still breathable which means it should stop you from overheating, despite being thick.

What to avoid?

Wool is your pyjama enemy. As cosy as woolly pyjamas feel throughout the winter months, these PJs are probably going to induce overheating when you’re trying to catch some Z’s. Overheating is one of the most common causes of sleeplessness, providing an uncomfortable environment for you to sleep in.

Why the faff, do we even need PJs?

You might have seen the articles flying around on the internet, suggesting that you shouldn’t wear pyjamas to bed. Apparently, sleeping without pyjamas helps with the regulation of your body temperature, and apparently, this leads to loads of health benefits. Firstly, not sleeping in pyjamas means that you won’t be waking up in the middle of the night feeling overheated and uncomfortable. Overheating prevents your body from producing enough Melatonin and growth hormone, which are both used for repair and anti-ageing. Because of this, anything that prevents overheating is going to be beneficial for not only your sleep, but overall health and rejuvenation.

However, if you are thinking about ditching the pyjamas, apparently sleeping in underwear is bad for your health. To avoid irritation and skin infections, many medical professionals suggest that you should ditch underwear alongside your pyjamas when going to sleep.

Other important details

It's not just what you wear to bed - the surface you sleep on plays an enormous role when it comes to comfort. A memory foam mattress will provide a number of health benefits and a luxuriously soft feel - every night of the week.

Armed with the right pjs and the perfect mattress, you’ll be sleeping like a dream. If you think your mattress has seen better days, take a look at our luxurious range. We make everything in our Yorkshire Mattress Factory.

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