The silk trail that leads to sleep
It's a necessity rather than a luxury, but sometimes we underestimate the value in a night's deep, contented sleep. Just as nutrition and exercise are essential to the way we look and feel, a rejuvenating slumber can be restorative both inside and out. While silk bedding may ooze decadence, the benefits are every bit as real as the sensory delights.
The naturally breathable fibre of a silk duvet adjusts in line with both room temperature and your own body heat. This insulates the air around your skin to create the most comfortable, tailored balance - cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter.
By regulating temperature and minimising perspiration at night, those with poor circulation or arthritis are among those who reap the benefits of a silk duvet. It's also a fine choice if you have a tendency to overheat at night and suffer uncomfortably warm spells, particularly if your partner is unwilling to surrender the comfort and loft of a duvet.
Silk bedding and allergy sufferers typically make happy bedfellows too. The natural protein of each silk fibre is inhospitable to dust mites, which can reduce the symptoms of asthma, eczema and rhinitis. And, by minimising the number of dust mites inhabiting your bedding, a whole host of milder conditions - from snuffles to skin irritations - can be prevented.
In addition to its hypoallergenic qualities, using a silk pillow or pillowcase has become a closely-guarded anti-aging secret. Health and beauty experts hail silk's natural amino acids as having moisture-retaining qualities that prevent frizzing hair, promote glossier locks and signal an end to bad hair days. Similarly, the ethereal smoothness of the fabric reduces drag against the face.
While the scientific benefits are clear, it's the sensual bliss of silk bed linen that makes it the most luxurious choice. Opulent but never ostentatious, the feather-light feel and delicate drape make it a glorious investment.