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At the end of a long day, what can be better than laying your weary head down on a comfy pillow for much-needed sleep? Insufficient sleep has been linked to numerous health problems. Proper sleep, meanwhile, has been shown to improve brain function and physical performance. Since good sleep hygiene – which includes proper bed linen – is essential to rest your mind and body, encasing your pillow with the right cover is something you should consider. 

If you’ve splurged on classic furniture in your bedroom, you shouldn’t scrimp on your bedding. After all, with sleep being so vital to your day-to-day functioning, the bedroom is one place where you want to purchase the best you can within your budget. Your bedding should be fit for a king or queen. 

When it comes to pillow covers, there are two main types to choose from: Oxford or housewife. Oxford covers have decorative borders and wide-stitched, flat hems. Housewife cases, meanwhile, fit neatly and have sewn edges. The latter of these has become more standard. 

So, what factors come into play when choosing pillow covers? First, there’s the fabric and thread count. For the ultimate in comfort, go for something luxurious, such as 500-thread-count Egyptian cotton. Cotton is breathable, so it makes for a more comfortable sleep experience. Next, it’s wise to choose pillow covers in a colour that will go with many duvet covers or bedspreads, such as classic white or neutrals like grey, baby blue or blush pink. Finally, get matching bed sheets that are of a similar quality. If you aren’t a fan of waking up twisted in yours, a fitted sheet is right for you.