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The Modern Man's Guide to Nightwear...

6th February 2018 by Charles Wood
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'Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.'
~ Thomas Dekker


What do you wear to Bed? A very direct question I know, but one of increasing relevance as the importance of a good night’s sleep becomes more and obvious in our fast moving world.To live life to the full you need to rest the mind and body in the way that it deserves.

I‘m an eight hours a night man – my Son can get away with five and my Daughter would take eleven if it was practical. But, however much we sleep we all insist on doing it in comfortable nightwear.


So, What to Wear in Bed?

Well, pyjamas are the obvious choice - the classic top and bottom separates are the most popular. Deriving from the Hindustani word ‘pajāmā’ or Persian word ‘pāy-jāmeh', which meant a pair of loose fabric trousers tied at the waist with a drawcord, allowing for ease of movement and comfort in wear.

It’s no wonder the colonialists of the eighteenth century were quick to throw off their moleskin breeks and bring these home for comfort in their own homes. A pair of pyjamas, sometimes known as a ‘set’, traditionally has a drawstring tie waist for ultimate comfort and adjustment or an elasticated waist for a more assured but gentle gripping at the waist.

Brushed cotton pyjamas will keep you warm and cosy during the winter months. Lightweight pyjamas are ideal for the summer, and shorty pyjamas are ideal for warmer climes and heatwaves.

Cotton is the ultimate fabric for comfort and breathability, and cotton-polyester blends are great for their easy-care properties allowing for frequent washing and minimal ironing.

Pyjamas are now available in a myriad of designs and styles but the best sellers have always been, and still are, striped pyjamas.


What Came Before Pyjamas?

The answer is actually pretty obvious… nightshirts! Derived originally from smocks and shirts worn during the day, it soon became obvious for a number of reasons, chief of which was that of hygiene, that it might be an idea to have one shirt for work, and another for bed.

The absence of central heating and double glazing meant that these were designed to be long, easy to put on quickly and warm.

Nightshirts have enjoyed a renaissance in recent years and we now sell more than ever. Once you enjoy the comfort and freedom that a nightshirt affords we guarantee you'll be a lifelong fan. In fact, there's something very liberating about returning home and pulling on a lightweight nightshirt as cooling loungewear during the hot summer months.


Nightcap Anyone?

Traditionally nightcaps were long and pointed and featured a ball or pompom at their end, the practical reason for this was that the long end could be wrapped or tossed around the neck for extra warmth and the ball would stop the cap becoming a strangulation hazard!

These days they tend to be worn for novelty reasons, but if worn to bed they will keep you warm – up to 30% of body heat is actually lost from your head after all!



Dressing Gown or Bath Robe?

Dressing gowns have been with us since the 17th Century when they were introduced by merchants returning from the East bringing with them sumptuous robes that could be worn over normal attire. Particularly at home when a less formal and more relaxed style was required. If a warm comforting gown is required then a wool gown or luxury velour gown is just the ticket, but if you prefer something lightweight then you can’t go wrong with a silk gown, or perhaps a lightweight cotton gown. I always pack a lightweight poly-cotton gown when travelling, they take up minimal room and weigh virtually nothing.

The bathrobe, usually made of absorbent terry towelling is a great garment to wear after a bath or shower to effortlessly dry your body and provide warmth and comfort.

Human being spend about a third of their lives in sleep, so why not afford yourselves the best and most suitable nightwear, the choice of style is very much yours