The flat sheet, or top sheet as it is known to many, is one of the most debated bed linen items on the market. It is seen by many as a staple in bedrooms, but some sleepers are sceptical about its functionality. We've explored the pros and cons, to advise you on whether it's worth adding a top sheet to your bed making process.
What Is a Flat Sheet?
A flat sheet is a layer of bed linen that rests between you and your duvet cover while you sleep. Its primary purpose is hygienic, protecting the duvet from the dirt and bacteria our bodies shed during the night. In Winter it also acts as an extra layer to insulate further and in warmer months can be used on its own as the only upper bedding layer.
What are the Pros and Cons of Sleeping With a Flat Sheet?
There are several benefits to sleeping with flat sheets — or keeping a few in storage to use occasionally.
Firstly, flat sheets regulate temperature. When sleeping with a duvet is too much in the summer, a flat sheet alone provides a breathable cover without trapping heat or moisture, keeping you cool and refreshed during the night.
In the winter, if you need an extra-cosy layer, adding flat sheet under your duvet cover creates an air-trapping effect to keep you even toastier.
Another benefit to top sheets is preventing bacteria from building up on your duvet covers and blankets over time. The human body sheds millions of dead skin cells every night that end up in our bed linen. That’s where a flat sheet can be helpful. It protects bulkier bedding from accumulating dirt and other contaminants inside. These items are costly and more difficult to clean. So by keeping them clean, you save both time and money.
On the other hand, sleeping with a flat sheet gives you an extra item to fix and style in the morning, which can be inconvenient for some. If you do decide to opt in to having a flat sheet, you’ll want to wash your sheets approximately every week.