Why does sleeping in silk help you with menopause and perimenopause?
You don’t need fancy air-con to stay cool when the mercury rises. Silk bedding has a luxurious look and feel, that makes getting into bed a real pleasure, but did you know it can also help you sleep better in hot weather?
The temperature of our sleeping environment is vital to getting a good night’s rest and Mayfairsilk regulates body temperature so you’re in a cocoon of comfort all night long.
Did you know that sleeping on silk can help you fight the signs of perimenopause and menopause?
1) Difficulty in sleeping and mood swings:
A common symptom during menopause are hot flushes, night sweats and difficulty in sleeping which are caused by changes in the hormone levels affecting the body's natural temperature control system. Hot flushes and night sweats can happen without warning throughout the day and night but can also be triggered by excessive consumption of spicy foods. caffeine and alcohol. Difficulty in sleeping at night makes one feel more tired and irritable during the day.
Mayfairsilk’s range of Mulberry silk bed sheets has excellent air permeability, meaning the skin breathes easily and you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is partly due to its low heat conductivity and lattice structure that traps air to keep you warm when you’re cold (insulation) and vents excess heat when you're hot. It’s also a wonderful wicking material so you stay dry all night long. It’s truly a gift of nature.
According to Dr. Terry who is an integrated hormone and aesthetic doctor, she recommends sleeping on 100% pure mulberry silk fitted sheets and recommends it to her clients. Particularly those experiencing hot flushes and night sweats due to perimenopause and menopause as it helps them sleep much better.
Sleeping on natural fibres such as silk, helps not just reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also helps regulate your body temperature - keeping you warm in the cold and cool in the heat.
2) A dull complexion
For never a dull moment in your thirties, skin in your forties can often be the opposite.
Our skin follows a 24-hour cycle. During the day, the skin protects itself against external aggressions, whereas at night, it devotes itself to repair. It is commonly known that cotton absorbs more than 27 times its weight in water. Being super-absorbent, it extracts the moisture from your skin too – at a time your skin is trying to rest and rejuvenate, at night. The result is dehydrated skin and a dull complexion.
"Silk on the other hand is a similar pH level to the skin, absorbing very little moisture which aids moisture retention of your skin. Sleeping on silk pillowcases not only helps with hydration but also it being hypoallergenic and dust-mite resistant is a healthy option for your skin discouraging bacterial growth and the spread of acne."
3) Hair thinning, breakage and fall
Another sign of aging which concerns many is the thinning of hair, its breakage and fall. For women, hair loss during menopause is the result of lowered production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones help hair grow faster and stay on your head for longer. When the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, hair grows more slowly and becomes much thinner and sometimes also causes bald spots.
"It becomes increasingly important to take care of our hair and one way of doing so is by sleeping on a silk pillowcase which does not dehydrate your hair making it lose lustre. It helps in maintaining the softness and shine of hair. The other recommendation is using silk scrunchies or silk hair ties, when tying up your hair, as it helps protect hair from damage by reducing friction and breakage."
4) Weight Gain
Dr. Shahzadi Harper who is also known as ‘the menopause doctor’ has had an extensive career in medicine for over 25 years also recommends Mayfairsilk from her clinic in London’s Harley Street. Through her treatment she has treated hundreds of women and helped bring balance back into their lives.
Dr. Harper says that women in their 40's undergo a change in their hormones which affects the body’s metabolism.
It is important to make lifestyle and diet changes that can assist in preserving your fitness levels and combat obesity which is on the increase in many countries. She shares a preventive approach towards medicine and believes that health is a personal responsibility and people need to own up to it more.
Often the changes have to happen psychologically, so mental health and wellbeing is a priority before changes occur physically.
Although sleeping on silk has no direct connection with one’s weight, the tactile benefits it presents helps enhance one’s sense of well-being and happiness.
Dr. Harper recommends using Mayfairsilk due to its high quality and durable 22- 25 momme weight for long lasting benefit. It’s also hypo-allergenic and free from all harmful chemicals and dyes.
With these benefits, it is no surprise that among our most enthusiastic clientele are menopausal women or those going perimenopause. Uncomfortable symptoms like hot flushes can make night-time a misery, sending the body's thermostat haywire.
Recommended by menopause experts, the thermoregulating properties of Mayfairsilk keep you cool and comfortable. No more night sweats or feeling clammy at night, because Mayfairsilk bed linen naturally wicks away excess moisture and it evaporates quickly.
What’s more, common menopause symptoms like stressed, dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin are soothed by the soft, smooth natural fibres of silk that reduce irritation and help you relax.
Mayfairsilk’s range of silk bed sheets and beauty accessories are designed in London, carefully crafted from Mulberry Silk and hand-cut for that perfect finish. The range is made with a higher momme rating of 22 momme and 25 momme, translating into more silk per square inch, luxurious to the touch and durable for daily use. Pillowcases start from £69 and come in a variety of colours and bold silk prints.