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SHOULD YOU BE SLEEPING ON A SILK PILLOW?

SHOULD YOU BE SLEEPING ON A SILK PILLOW?

There’s nothing like sinking into a clean comfortable bed. The feel of silk under your head is the definition of luxury. So should you switch to a silky pillow?

WHAT IS SILK, ANYWAY?

The answer is, um solidified insect spit (eewww). The caterpillars of the silk moth eat mulberry leaves, and produce twin threads to make their cocoon. Each cocoon has nearly a kilometre of thread. This is later unwound and twisted into silk yarn.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A SILK PILLOW?

Bedrooms are supposed to be cool and airy. Great if you can do it, not so great if you have to shut windows due to noise. Sleeping on silk gives a wonderful cool feel, whatever the temperature. That means better sleep, and that’s something all of us need to be on top form. Treat yourself to a new pillow – you could even buy one filled with silk fibre for the ultimate treat.

Smooth silk also means smooth hair and skin. That saves time in the morning for something more interesting than hairstyling. Such as a good breakfast or a pre-work Hussle.

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SILK?

Er, yes. The standard silk production process boils or steams the occupied cocoons – and that’s obviously the end of the line for the silk moths. This is done to stop the insect damaging the cocoon on the way out, which reduces the yield by breaking the thread.

If this process makes you uncomfortable, consider ‘wild peace silk’. This is produced in less intense conditions and allows the moth to leave the cocoon naturally.  The good news is that silk production uses far less water and creates far less pollution than the manufacture of other fabrics.

If your sleep isn’t what it should be, try smoothing things out with silk.

Photo by Doğukan Şahin on Unsplash

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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