To sleep with a top sheet or not…that is the question. It may seem like a trivial issue, but you might be surprised at just how passionate people can get on this seemingly innocuous topic. People who love top sheets really love them, while people who don’t like them can’t understand how anyone in their right mind would sleep under one.
In the end, it all seems to come down to preference. Sleeping without a top sheet is very European. In fact, some Europeans don’t even use fitted sheets. They tuck a regular (top) sheet in all the way around the bed and sleep with a duvet in a duvet cover for their blanket. In the USA, we tend to be fans of the top sheet, even though it means taking a few extra steps when making the bed.
Pros to Sleeping With a Top Sheet
Folks who are fans of top sheets have many different reasons for loving them. Here are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider that extra piece of material.
Laundry is Easier
When you sleep without a top sheet, you have to wash your duvet cover as often as you would normally wash your sheets. If wrestling a duvet in and out of its cover once a week isn’t something you’ll do (and, trust me, it’s always a wrestling match!), you will probably stay cleaner if you stick to using a top sheet.
More Layers for Temperature Regulation
Do you get hot at night? Or maybe your partner gets hot but you tend to be cold. Having a top sheet and a comforter, or even a top sheet, blanket, and comforter, can allow you to achieve the perfect sleeping temperature. It can also allow partners with different thermostats to still be comfortable sharing a bed.
Sheets Don’t Fall Off the Bed
Unless you get a duvet that is extra large for your bed, the darn things have a tendency to end up in a heap on the floor. Then you either have to wake up and haul the whole thing back on the bed, or you end up uncomfortable for the rest of the night. If you do get an extra large duvet, you can tuck it into the bottom of the bed so it will stay. This is often bulky and odd-looking, though.
Protect Your Nice Bedding
Your duvet cover or bedspread will last longer if you’re not washing it all the time. Since people tend to invest more money in these things than they do in their sheets, because they’re buying for the look and for comfort, not just for comfort, it makes sense to try and make it last. Keep sweat stains off it, too, by using a top sheet.
It’s Nice and Cozy
There’s something about a sheet that feels nice and cozy at the end of a long day. The sheet often feels cool on the skin, then gets swathed in the warmth of the blanket over the top. People who like top sheets don’t just love them for ease and cleanliness, but because of the way they feel on the skin that is different from a duvet.
It Feels Cleaner
While you probably won’t sweat any more or less under a top sheet than you do with just a duvet, you may feel cleaner. Because the duvet is attached to the duvet cover, it seems more likely that you would sweat through the cover and have sweat on your duvet than it is that you would sweat through a sheet and have sweat on your comforter. It may not actually be true, but it certainly feels that way to many people.
Pros to Ditching the Top Sheet
Wondering why someone would want to sleep without a top sheet? Here are some of the most common reasons.
Making Your Bed is Easy-Peasy
Tucking in that top sheet is a royal pain. Ditch it, and all you have to do is throw on a fitted sheet over your mattress pad, then toss the duvet cover on the duvet and put the whole thing on the bed. Easiest bed-making ever. There are even some tricks to getting the duvet where it belongs, so you don’t feel like you’re wrestling an octopus.
Duvets are Meant to be Used Without Top Sheets
There’s nothing like the feel of a soft, fluffy duvet settling around your body. If you use a top sheet, you will miss many of the comfort benefits that duvets are meant to have. In fact, duvets are designed to be used without top sheets, combining the comfort of a top sheet and a blanket into a single item.
Duvets Regulate Temperature, Too!
Many duvets and their covers are designed to regulate temperature for you, so you don’t have to do anything. They will hold heat in when necessary, wick sweat when needed, and more, all so you can sleep and not have to bother with constantly trying to get comfortable.
It Can be Cheaper
Some sheet companies are starting to sell top sheets separately. This means that you will pay more if you want to use a top sheet than you will if you choose to sleep without one. If you like to save money or regulating expenses is really important to you, this is a small step that could help you reach your financial goals.
Less Twisted Bedding
How many times have you woken up in the middle of the night, only to find your top sheet twisted around your ankles? If you sleep with a partner, it can be even worse because, when one partner’s bedding gets messed up, it almost always gets messed up for both. Save yourself the hassle of midnight untanglings by skipping the top sheet entirely.
It’s the Ultimate in Being Low Maintenance
If you kick your top sheet to the bottom of the bed and never touch it again, what’s the point of having it in the first place? If you’re not going to fix it every morning, there’s no reason to bother putting it on the bed.
When it comes to deciding whether or not to sleep with a top sheet, the most important thing is that you do what works best for you and your partner. If you feel gross without one, putting a top sheet on a bed is not all that hard. If you love the feeling of a duvet, then you may decide to sleep without one. Try them both and do whatever works best for you!