Now that I'm older, it's funny to see little kids resist nap time and bed time. I would love for someone to march up to my desk and demand that I spend the next hour or two sleeping. Even though adult responsibilities mean getting up early and often working into the night, we still spend lots of time in bed. According to the BLS, the average adult (20 years of age or older) spends between 8.2 and 9.1 hours in bed every night...that's over 3,100 hours a year! All this time spent between the sheets implies that maybe we should choose those sheets carefully.
I recently had the pleasure of testing out a set of organic sheets from Charles P. Rogers, a maker of fine beds, mattresses and bedding since 1855. Although they're definitely pricier than the set you might pick up at the local discount retailer, there are a few very good reasons to consider organic bedding for your own sleep castle.
First, Charles P. Rogers sheets are made from organic cotton grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment by maintaining soil fertility and reducing the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. They are also made using 300 single needle thread count and not ply yarns. This natural treatment produces a cotton that is lusciously soft, yet sturdy enough to stand up to daily use.
One of my favorite features of these organic cotton sheets was that they fit perfectly on our King Size pillow top mattress. The fitted sheet had deep pockets with full elastic to fit thick mattresses. If you've ever been frustrated by conventional sheets that slip off the corners after a single night's sleep, this will come as a great relief!
The only tiny drawback to Charles P. Rogers' organic sheets is that they're only available in white. Not cream or ivory, but stark, hospital bed white. While this looks good when first put on the bed, it picks up lint and wear marks very quickly, and fading/yellowing could be an issue in the long run. Also, the sheets are quite pricey ($109 for a twin set and $179 for the king...and that's on sale!), but if you're susceptible to chemical additives on fabric, it could be worth it.
Update: Following publication of this post, Rogers contacted me to clarify that they only offer the sheets in white to show that it is authentic organic cotton, without any tints or dyes.