Silk Bedding

  • 6 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

    not getting enough sleepFew things impact your day-to-day health and well-being quite as quickly as a lack of sleep. Your skin, your muscles, your energy, your mood, all of them depend on the rest you get each night to rejuvenate, refresh, and stay healthy. When you’re not getting enough sleep, it shows up quite quickly in all these places, leaving signs plain for anyone paying attention:

    1. You’re tired all the time.

    The simplest symptom, the most obvious symptom, the most overlooked symptom. If you’re always tired, always catching naps, never energetic…then the most likely culprit is a lack of sleep, before anything else. You may think you’re sleeping enough! But perhaps you’re waking up constantly, laying there awake more than you realize, or simply not giving yourself enough time to rest each night.

    Whatever the case, not getting enough sleep will leave you tired all the time. But if that’s not enough to set off alarms, look for these other signs…

    2. You’re short-tempered, or otherwise moody.

    Maybe you’re the type that doesn’t feel tired or sickly or weak when you’re short on sleep…but how’s your mood? If you’re not getting enough sleep at night, you’re going to eventually push yourself into a ‘survival mode’ where the wrong chemicals start flowing and fight-or-flight becomes far more appealing as a solution in life. That means a short temper…or depression, anxiety, and a wealth of other mood problems. Continue Reading

  • 10 Myths About Silk Sheets

    10 Myths About Silk Sheets

    MYTH #1: Silk sheets are slippery.

    While it is true that silk sheets have less friction than your run-of-the mill cotton sheets, you are not likely to slip off of silk sheets. This myth is spread because silk sheets are often mistaken for impostor satin "silks" that are made from polyester. These polyester satin "silks" can be very slippery, while real silk sheets actually have a very soft feel to them.

    MYTH #2: Silk sheets require dry cleaning.Charcoal Silk Sheets | Manito Silk

    Good quality silk sheets can be machine washed on a gentle cycle in cold water and do not require dry cleaning, as long as a silk-friendly detergent is used. As you continue to wash silk sheets, they will lose some of their luster, but will actually become softer after a few washes. In fact, many people find that they like their silk sheets even more after they have been washed a few times.

    MYTH #3: Silk sheets will shrink when washed.

    High-quality silk sheets that are cared for correctly will not shrink significantly when washed. If your sheets fit your bed correctly before washing, they will still fit the same after washing.

    MYTH #4: All silk sheets are the same.

    There are a variety of silk sheets on the market today, and it can sometimes be difficult to compare sheets because many manufactures do not provide all the information needed to make an informed decision.

    For starters, the momme weight of the silk sheet can range from 6 – 30mm. This is used as the main means to measure the quality of the silk (similar to thread count, which is often used with other textiles, like cotton). Ideal weights for silk sheets fall between 16 – 21mm with many believing 19mm provides the best balance of strength, look and affordability. If a manufacture does not tell you the momme weight of their sheets, you should look elsewhere.  By the way, all of Manito Silk Sheets, Bedding and Sleepwear are 22 momme, which we believe to be the ideal momme weight.

    In addition to momme weight, there are also different types of silk used in silk sheets. These included Charmeuse Silk, Tussah Silk, and Habotai Silk (often called China Silk). Charmeuse Silk and Habotai silk are produced from the mulberry silk worm breed in captivity. They differ in feel and luster, with Charmeuse silk having a high luster and less friction, and Habotai silk having a sandy matte finish. Tussah silk is produced from wild silk worms and is generally considered to be of lower quality. Tussah Silk usually has visual impurities from the fabrics finish and will often have knots in the texture due to broken silk fibers.

    MYTH #5: Silk sheets will catch my skin.

    This is another case of mistaken identity. Satin “silk” from polyester (a man-made fabric) is very slippery and yet will catch your skin if your hands are very rough and callused. However, 100% pure silk sheets will not catch your skin the way polyester "silk" does. It is softer in texture and very smooth to the touch.

    MYTH #6: Silk sheets are expensive.Champagne Silk Sheets | Manito Silk

    It is true that silk is one of the more expensive fabrics on the market, however, the benefits of sleeping on silk sheets make it more of an investment in your long-term health and well being. When viewed as a long-term investment, silk sheets are actually rather affordable; the benefits will last over many years.

    MYTH #7: Silk sheets are chemically processed.

    While it is possible that some cheaper silk sheets may be bleached, good quality silk sheets, such as Manito Silk sheets, are naturally white and do not require bleaching. In addition, silk production does not require pesticides or herbicides often found in some textiles. This is because mulberry silk is made from silk worms raised in captivity in temperature-controlled environments that are free from predators. This is one reason silk is a better choice for those hoping to reduce their chemical exposure from bedding.

    MYTH #8: Silk sheets are a modern-day invention.

    In fact, silk from the mulberry silk worm in China has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Initially silk was so expensive and difficult to produce, only the emperors and their closest family members were able to afford it. Eventually silk production increased and became a major currency in trade between the East and West, creating what is referred to as the Silk Road. Today, silk is much more affordable than in the past and is now within the reach of many Americans.

    MYTH #9: Silk is inexpensive to produce.

    There is good reason silk costs a little more than your average set of sheets. Silk production requires thousands of silk cocoons to be unrivaled and spun into silk thread or yarn. Between 3,000 – 5,000 cocoons are used, on average, to produce one pound of silk. To produce a single Manito Silk Fitted King Sheet requires around 5,000 cocoons!

    MYTH #10: Silk is a delicate fabric and won’t last long.

    While silk does require some care, it is a strong fabric for its weight. In fact, its strength-to-weight ratio made it the primary fabric used in parachutes before the invention of nylon. This delicacy myth is propagated because silk is often used in lingerie or woman’s dresses in a lightweight, such as 6, 8, or 10 mm. A heavier weight quality silk around 19mm or more will give you many years of use with proper care.

  • Sleep in Luxury

    pillowcasemainimage_1_2Do something for yourself to help you get a better night’s sleep with luxury silk bedding. Choose 100% silk pillowcases to rest your head at night.  Slide into bed at the end of a long day and feel the luxurious softness of 100% silk sheets and pillowcases.

    Incredible silk pillowcases are available in several sumptuous colors, certain to complement any master bedroom décor. Plum, champagne, chocolate, charcoal, silver blue, and soft green are just a few great colors. Of course, milky white silk is also a fantastic choice that will match any décor and look clean, comfortable, and inviting. You may never want to get up when you put 100% silk sheets and pillowcases on your bed.

    If you are remodelling your room, redecorating, or just looking for a change, purchase silk pillowcases with matching sheets. When your head hits a pillow covered in silk, you will be sound asleep in no time at all. Silk is a natural material that wicks moisture away keeping you cool throughout the night.

    Besides purchasing silk sheet sets for your own room, consider 100% silk pillowcases and sheet sets as a wedding gift.  Choose neutral colors like white or champagne, certain to please any newlyweds. In addition to wedding gifts, these wonderful sheets make the perfect anniversary present. When you purchase 100% silk sheets you can expect to get the best and most luxurious sheets for a great price. 100% silk pillowcases and sheets are available to fit king and queen sized beds. Purchase silk pillowcases for a soft and healthy place to lay your head at the end of a long hard day.

  • How to Use Silk Sheets with other Fabrics & Textures


    Silk Bedding | Manito SilkAdd Fabrics & Textures to Your Silk Sheets

    Many people wish to have that perfect comfy bed that is both visually appealing and comfortable to sleep in. However, the idea of mixing and matching multiple fabrics and textures can frighten us, causing us to resort to the cookie cutter bed sheets. Especially, when it comes to silk, people often become stumped on how to properly incorporate other fabrics and textures that will blend nicely with your silk bedding set.

    Silk is a very dynamic fabric that works well when combined with the right pieces. While you will want to use silk as your main fabric for its various benefits, you have the freedom to mix and match throw pillows as well as blankets to add contrasting textures to your bed. Continue Reading

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