Cotton V’s Bamboo? 6 Healthy Benefits of Sleeping with Bamboo Bedding

Cotton V’s Bamboo? 6 Healthy Benefits of Sleeping with Bamboo Bedding

Move over, cotton tails. Bamboo is the new queen of the bedroom (sheets), and for good reason. Bamboo’s super soft natural fibre feels incredible to sleep in, is eco-friendly and it’s action-packed with healthy sleep benefits. 

So if you spend the wee hours breaking a sweat, tossing and turning, itchy from dust mites and irritating fibres, or just lying awake contemplating the state of the planet, make the switch to bamboo bedding.

Aussie gal Kira Sterling did. The co-founder of Mulberry Threads Co, which specialise in organic bamboo bedding including cot sheets, quilt covers and bamboo towels made the switch, co-launched Mulberry Threads Co and has been sleeping soundly ever since. And naturally (pun intended), Kira is a huge advocate for using this natural resource.

“Bamboo bedding helps us sleep clean and improve sleep hygiene in a number of ways,” says Kira. And for those who are worried about the environmental impact water-sucking cotton has on the environment, bamboo is the incredibly eco-friendly alternative.

Here, Kira explains the top 6 benefits of bamboo and how it helps us sleep clean and improve sleep hygiene…

#1 No sweat! Bamboo is Thermo-regulating

Bamboo sheets keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Micro-sized holes of the bamboo fibre allows the fabric to breathe and regulate body temperature. These holes assist with insulation by keeping warm air between the body and the blanket.

#2 Itchy & scratchy-less. Bamboo is kind to sensitive skin

Bamboo is gentler than many manmade fibres and will not irritate the skin. The hypoallergenic properties of the bamboo is perfect for those with sensitivities, and is a natural solution for those predisposed to skin irritations.

#3 Break the mould. Bamboo enables ‘clean’ sleeping

Antibacterial textiles are made from bamboo fibres that are naturally resistant to bacteria, repels dust mites, mould and mildew and allows for greater air flow.

#4 No sniffs or buts. Bamboo repels bad body odour

“Bamboo kun” is a naturally occurring substance that is odour-resistant and allows for greater air flow (which in turn helps to repel body odour).

#5 Sponge Bob. Bamboo is highly absorbent

Bamboo is an extremely resilient and durable fibre. When compared to cotton and polyester, it has stronger wicking properties and moisture absorption (approximately 60% more absorbent than cotton).

#6 Eco Warrior. Bamboo is environmentally friendly

Bamboo is highly sustainable. Because bamboo is a grass, it can be harvested without killing the plant. It requires little or no water to grow, no chemical fertilisers or pesticides and is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, which is what contributes to its reputation as one of our most renewable resources.

In a time where there are serious concerns about depleting the earth’s resources, this is really important. Additionally, bamboo actually releases 35% more oxygen than its equivalent in trees and absorbs carbon dioxide (one of the primary greenhouse gases created by human activity).

In terms of helping with soil degradation, the root system of bamboo is extensive and helps bind together soil. The soil isn’t impacted by chemicals, fertilisers or pesticides. Also, because only the top of the grass is cut, the roots remain, helping the soil to maintain nutrients and prevent erosion.

It is also biodegradable and decomposes like other organic plant matter. It doesn’t release harmful gases into the environment which makes it an eco-friendly and environmentally friendly alternatively to cotton.

The species we use for our fabric isn’t the same as what the pandas eat, ensuring our harvest doesn’t impact their food source.

Visit Mulberry Threads Co. for more information about their range of bedding and towels. Information supplied courtesy of  Kira Sterling, co-founder of Mulberry Threads Co.  This article was first published on


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  1. February 1, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    A friend told me about bamboo sheets a few years ago. I have insomnia and have difficulty getting to sleep. From day one the bamboo sheets just helped me to relax and they are soft as can be. They are rather expensive but you can watch for sales. Watch out for “blends” that are not 100% bamboo. I find them to be nice and cool as well. I have a tencel mattress cover.

    • February 1, 2019 / 11:13 pm

      Great tips and I agree. The blends are better, particularly if you have kids or yourself tend to sweat through the night