Spending a lot of time in your PJ’s is a fact of life for most people at some point during Winter when illness usually hits hardest. Whether you’re in bed, curled up on the couch or in the hospital you’ll want PJ’s that are comfortable, breathable and naturally antimicrobial to help feel as relaxed as possible. Here are some tips on the best PJ’s for when your feeling unwell:
Focus on Fabric
First and foremost, choose sleepwear that feels good when you put it on. Being strategic about what your PJ’s are made of can help regulate your body temperature during the night, which, in turn, can promote better sleep. So, consider the following fabrics.
- Modal: If you tend to get hot or are running a fever, moisture-wicking PJ’s made from Modal may be your best choice. This fabric is designed to draw water away from the skin, helping your body to regulate its own temperature. Plus, it’s hypoallergenic and studies have shown it may have anti-bacterial properties that are beneficial for inhibiting the growth of bacteria*. Last, but not least, it’s biodegradable—a great eco-friendly bonus.
- Silk Cotton Blend: An all-natural fabric that is lightweight and soft to the touch; it’s also breathable, allowing for air circulation, and doesn’t tend to irritate the skin. The silk component makes it a magic thermoregulator too. It can keep you warm when your cold and cool when your hot.
- Brushed Cotton or Viscose: For colder months, a pair of PJ’s made from this soft fabric may be just what you need. The material is comfortable and provides warmth and breathability, so it can help you stay toasty without overheating.
Don’t Forget Your Feet
One often-forgotten component in choosing what to wear to bed is what to do about your feet. Cold feet are actually associated with sleeplessness. But warming your feet too much can cause your entire body to become too hot. If you tend to get chilly while you snooze, slip on a pair of lightweight bed socks at bedtime.