New Research: Skipping Out on Sleep Can Make You Feel Decades Older

This article highlights new research explaining why lack of sleep can make you feel as much as decades older. It also discusses how sleeping on pure mulberry silk bedding can help promote better rest.

As purveyors of luxury silk bedding, the Mulberry Park Silks team is deeply invested in all things sleep-related. While we love discussing the beauty benefits of our pure silk, we are just as passionate about how silk bedding helps promote health and wellness through better, more restorative sleep. We are dedicated to understanding the crucial role sleep plays in our lives and how silk bedding can support this vital aspect of your health. With that in mind, today we are sharing the results of a recently released study that examined sleep and the perception of age. The research is truly “eye opening!”

More Unsettling News About Poor Sleep

With nearly 1/3 of Americans saying they suffer from insomnia, sleep deficit is truly a public health epidemic.  Sleepless nights can have serious consequences such as drowsy driving and motor vehicle accidents as well as costly and dangerous workplace mistakes. Not getting enough sleep is also closely tied with major health problems including obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, depression, and poor cognition.

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Recent research from Stockholm University, published in the journal of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B and widely covered by reputable outlets like CNN and The Guardian, has unearthed more alarming revelations about the repercussions of inadequate sleep. This study found that when participants were limited to four hours of sleep over two consecutive nights, they reported feeling more than four years older. Astonishingly, some individuals even likened the experience to feeling decades beyond their chronological age. Conversely, those granted a generous nine hours of rest felt notably younger—averaging three months below their chronological age.

Protect Your Sleep with Good Habits (and Silk Bedding!)

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The study authors emphasized the importance of protecting sleep to feel younger than our calendar age. The significance of safeguarding sleep underscores the value of creating an environment that is conducive to good sleep. This includes such measures as establishing a consistent and bedtime hour and routine; keeping lights low and refraining from the blue light of digital devices for an hour before retiring; sleeping in a cool, dark room using blackout curtains if need be (pro tip: wear a silk sleep mask for light-blocking sleep); and choosing comfortable bedding that promotes good rest.

A high-quality silk sheet set from Mulberry Park Silks perfectly fits the bill with unique properties that help you rest comfortably through the night:

  1. Breathability and Temperature Regulation: The unique structure of silk fiber facilitates optimal breathability and natural temperature regulation. Unlike a conventional cotton sheet cotton, which traps moisture, a silk bed sheet actively wicks away perspiration, ensuring a cool, dry sleeping environment in warmer conditions. Moreover, its low conductivity ensures warmth during colder nights, providing year-round comfort unmatched by other fabrics.
  2. Hypoallergenic Properties: Pure silk is hypoallergenic due to the presence of fibroin, a protein rich in amino acids. This natural barrier repels allergens, fungi, and dust mites, making silk bedding an ideal choice for allergy sufferers.
  3. Gentle on Skin: Crafted from the finest mulberry silk, known for its strength and softness, our bedding epitomizes luxury without compromising on comfort. The smooth, charmeuse weave of the silk fabric the skin, making it ideal for individuals with sensitive skin or dermatological conditions such as acne or eczema. Silk’s friction-reducing properties are also wonderful to hair (see below), ensuring you wake up feeling and looking your best.

Other Benefits to Sleeping on Silk Sheets

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In addition to promoting restorative sleep that makes you feel younger, silk bedding delivers tangible beauty benefits that leave you looking refreshed and well-rested:

  • Keeping Hair and Skin Hydrated: Silk's moisture-wicking properties help hair and skin retain essential moisture, preventing dryness and promoting a healthy complexion.
  • Minimizing of Sleep Wrinkles: The smooth surface of silk minimizes friction, reducing the likelihood of sleep-induced wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Reducing Frizz and Breakage: The soft charmeuse weave of our momme silk sheet set and pillowcase collection is virtually friction free. This protects your hair from frizz, tangles, and breakage while you sleep!

What to Look for in Silk Sheets

When perusing silk bedding options, look for 100 percent pure mulberry silk sheets in Grade 6A (the highest grade). Genuine silk will also always be labeled as such, with the momme weight noted; Mulberry Park Silks sheets come 19, 22, and 30 momme weights. Look for a charmeuse weave that is lustrous and smooth on one side with a matte finish on the reverse. While silk is naturally hypoallergenic, Mulberry Park Silks has taken the extra step of having our silk sheets certified by OEKO-TEX, ensuring it is safe from harmful chemicals. Most importantly, only genuine silk—not polyester-based satin sheets or inferior blends—provide the beauty and wellness benefits and the sound sleep you deserve!

Another benefit to shopping with Mulberry Park Silks: you can style your bed in the way that works best for you. Choose one of our momme silk sheet sets, which include a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and silk pillowcases, or forgo the top sheet and put together your bed with a silk fitted sheet, silk pillowcase and duvet cover with a cozy comforter. 

By investing in Mulberry Park Silks, you're not only elevating your sleep experience but also prioritizing your overall health and beauty regimen. With our commitment to quality and innovation, rest assured that your journey to rejuvenating sleep begins with us. As always, the Mulberry Park Silks team is here to assist you in choosing your best silk sheets. Feel free to contact us via email or phone for personalized assistance.

Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.