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silk to cotton, why fabric matters for your sleepwear

woman wearing blue sleep tank and lounge short

Cassandra Osborn |

Surely you’ve felt the joy of having luxurious, high thread count sheets on your skin. Maybe your linen closet is stocked with premium bedding at home, or perhaps you grin with delight when sleeping over at a ritzy hotel.

While it may seem like a splurge, having the right fabric for sleepwear and bedding makes a big difference to your quality of sleep. Here are three important tips for choosing the right sleepwear fabric for your next set of jammies.


It's important to make your bedroom a relaxing oasis. One way of doing that is by controlling the temperature. What’s in between too hot and too cold? 15-20 degrees Celsius, Goldilocks. That’s the optimal temperature for sleeping. Regardless of whether you fight over the thermostat with your significant other, finding the right fabric to sleep in can help your body to regulate its temperature during rest.

Natural fibers, like cotton, are breathable, soft, and easy to care for, but it’s not great for moisture-wicking. With today’s production advances, it’s possible to find fabric blends and fibers that do more than grandma’s nightgown.

TENCEL™ Lyocell are smooth fibers that support your body’s natural thermoregulation, helping to keep you cool and dry throughout the night. Plus, it absorbs moisture exceptionally well compared to synthetic fabrics (like polyester) and other natural fibers (like rayon or full cotton). Less sweat = less moisture = less bacteria.


Touch is a powerful sense when it comes to choosing what to wear. Do you cringe at the scratch of wool? Does fuzzy angora drive you crazy? Do you feel like a wrinkled mess in linen?

Soft and smooth will never steer you wrong, especially when it comes to choosing sleepwear fabric. Silk may make you feel like an empress, but it can be pricey to buy and pricey to care for. Having an affordable, easy-to-care-for alternative is the secret to mastering texture of sleepwear fabric.

Which is why we’ve doubled down on TENCEL™ Lyocell as our signature material. If you look at it under a microscope (which we have), you’ll see its fibers have a beautiful, smooth surface area (especially important for sensitive skin). Which means it’s luxuriously delicate on your skin and magically breathable. Another bonus is its sustainable closed-loop production that’s more eco-conscious than those of other fibers (like bamboo or viscose).


Or fit, if you will. Garments that are too tight or too loose never feel truly comfortable. Something’s always pinching or you’re constantly fussing and you start to dread reaching in your closet. It never ends well.

So, finding sleepwear that’s comfortable enough that you don’t want to take it off became part of our mission. hernest garments straddle the line between sleepwear and loungewear (day-to-night or night-to-day, if you will). We’ve thoughtfully designed every nook, curve, and cranny of our clothing so that it fits just right (and maximizes the smoothness of TENCEL™ Lyocell to drape perfectly).

If you find yourself lazing around after breakfast or heading out to do carpool, toss the restrictive yoga pants and slip into something more comfortable.