You’ve probably heard the sentiment in hundreds of advertisements over the years – “you spend 1/3 of your life in bed, so shouldn’t you invest in something where you spend the most of your time?“. There are so many articles and posts out there about runners needing good sleep to optimize their performance – and just generally feel better all the way around.
Runner’s World has an old article that said this:
It’s during the third and fourth stages of a typical sleep cycle when a body heals itself. That’s when the human growth hormone (HGH) is released from the pituitary gland. Although it’s gotten notoriety as a performance-enhancing drug, in its natural form it plays a key role in building and repairing muscle tissue and bones, as well as acting as a catalyst for the body to use fat as fuel. Without the right amount of HGH in the blood, recovery from workouts is hindered, prolonging the time it takes the body to build a strong aerobic engine.
But what if you’re not getting to those stages appropriately? Obviously, your performance will suffer. There could be a variety of factors that contribute to lack of sleep (late night runs or diet, for example), but a lack of a good and comfortable bed is also something that could be holding you back as well. If the past few years has brought about anything positive, it may have been really starting to understand what is important to invest in. I don’t know about you, but when races went to the wayside, I know I needed to start to look inward and invest in myself and my betterment as much as was possible.
I am sure many of us have tried to eat healthier considering that we are home a little more often during mealtime. I am guessing others have started creating a home gym, purchasing a treadmill/bike, or beginning some sort of fitness platform online. And I am guessing all of us have gotten at least a few pairs of new running shoes to put in the miles. But I also wonder if we would benefit from an upgrade in the sleeping department to really complete the health circle? We all know the importance of rest days to avoid injuries and burnout, so wouldn’t it also make sense to ensure that our literal rest time is as restful and comfortable as possible too?
Enter Sheets and Giggles.
We have been sleeping on their Eucalyptus Sheet Sets for the past month or so and have really like these. Sheets alone will not necessarily make sleeping better- but its absolutely part of a balanced collaboration that contributes significantly. My wife runs very hot and, when she doesn’t sleep well, I don’t sleep well. She says she feels less hot in these sheets than in others we have had before, so I think the temperature-regulation is working.
Some other things we have really like about S&G:
These sheets are quite soft and luxurious. S&G claims that they have less friction that even the best cotton and, though we can’t back those claims, we tend to agree. These are super soft. I also thought my body was playing tricks on me, but after a few washes they actually felt softer than the first time and that’s actually apparently a real thing! Eucalyptus also has great qualities as well, such as being hypoallergenic, a non-attractant of household crud like dust, hair, or dirt, and uses zero pesticides during construction because it is naturally insect-repellant. A natural sleep is the best sleep.
We have a tall mattress, and have also added a mattress topper to it – leading to a significant stack height (to borrow a phrase usually reserved for a running shoe review). We have King Sheets that fit – but many are structured to only fit standard king sizing and, thus, leave the corners not fully covered. Sure there is an aesthetic “issue” with that, but the real frustration lies in needing to constantly tug at the corners every few days to keep it from going AWOL. S&G sheets are made for any size mattress up to 20″ thick – well within our height – so the extra deep pockets have been a welcome addition!
Outside of the feel and temperature-regulating properties, we really like that they are made from trees grown on sustainably managed, biodiverse farms. They also donate to save Koala habitats – an obvious choice for eucalyptus constructed sheets.
As a father of three, the name Sheets & Giggles gives me a dad-joke chuckle. But the quality of their bedwear is no laughing matter and we have really liked sleeping on these.
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Product & Specs:
- Eucalyptus Sheets (Starting at $119- dependent on bed size)
- 100% Eucalyptus Lyocell
- About a dozen colors to meet your bedroom style needs
Thank you to Sheets & Giggles for providing a sample set and allowing us to review it. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.