Its no news that this isolation period is making us wear our pyjamas more. There is no avoiding it, but your pyjamas needs regular washing. Regular fabrics will require machine wash, but you might have to hand-wash or line-dry items made of delicate materials, such as silk and satin. Don’t let special instructions deter you from investing in high-quality pieces. The amount of time you put in caring for your sleepwear is equivalent to the quality of its make and its overall longevity.
‘Technically your pyjama bottoms are the same as your underwear so you may want to consider washing them daily. ‘However if you shower or bathe before bed, your pyjamas won’t get as dirty so quickly so every few days would be fine. ‘If you are ill and have a fever then you would probably want to change them daily. ‘If you lounge around pyjamas round the house all day then they would need washing daily as per underwear.’
“Pajamas are against your skin, and you shed skin cells at a vast rate,” Professor Sally Bloomfield of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine told the Daily Mail. These skin cells could harbor certain microrganisms, continues Bloomfield. Most bacteria isn’t bad for you, but certain types could cause health issues. “Quite a lot of us carry staphylococcus bacteria, which can cause infections if they get into cuts and bruises,” she says. “We all carry E. Coli bacteria. Most strains aren’t harmful, but if they get into the urinary tract they can cause infection.”
According to the Clean Living Institute, sleepwear should be changed and washed after three to four wears. It is recommended they are changed regularly to reduce the risk of dust mites, bed bugs and other germs that can cling to our nightwear as we sleep. Similar to our towels, pyjamas can gather a lot of dirt.
Nothing interrupts your sleep quite like feeling your skin stick to your sheets. When you’re a sweaty sleeper, waking up hot and moist can become a way of life that feels utterly unavoidable. In truth, the best thing you can do is stick to wearing pajamas that keep you cool at night.
Ideally, when you’re looking for pyjamas as a sweaty shopper, you want to pick lightweight fabrics (like cotton, linen, or bamboo hybrids) that will allow your body to rest and breathe easily throughout the night, while fabrics like polyester, spandex, and rayon will trap heat and moisture against your skin, thus making you sweat even more, pretty much guaranteeing a really, really uncomfortable night of sleep.