It’s always fun to read (and then write about) something that is totally meaningless, yet can lead to heated debates.
And that’s what we’ve got here.
A story in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago looked at the debate between those who like having a flat top sheet as part of their bedding, and those who do not.
The debate, perhaps not surprisingly, is a generational one.
Gen X and Baby Boomers are fans of using the top sheet; millennials and Gen Z prefer not to use one.
I am a fan of using a top sheet, in fact, most nights that’s all I prefer to use. And to be even more specific, I am a fan of flannel sheets. (for anyone that’s thinking about sending me sheets for my upcoming 65th birthday).
Team Top Sheet argues that it’s more hygienic, more proper, just more correct to use one. Team No Top Sheet responds that it’s annoying around your feet, it’s extra work in the morning, and if you change your duvet cover regularly it’s just as clean. One owner of a company that sells bedding without a top sheet makes the following observation: “For a younger demographic, eliminating that step when making the bed in the morning really gives you a jump start on the day.” I could think of other ways to get a jump start on the day…
The following excerpt is a reminder that this story is from the Wall Street Journal:
“If you’re spending $3,500 on a monogrammed Leontine Linens duvet cover with all this beautiful embroidery, you certainly don’t want to send that to the laundry every week. It just won’t last.”
(who needs a $3,500 duvet? actually, I’m not quite sure what a duvet is. But unless it’s something I can drive or do an Excel spreadsheet on, I’m not spending $3,500 on it.)
So where do the numbers fall out on the two choices? One brand’s research indicates that 40% of Americans don’t sleep with a top sheet.
Yay for Team Top Sheet!
*image from New York Times