When we moved to our new home last month, Peter requested that we get new sheets for our bed. We've had the same sheets for the past few years and I love how they feel after all those washings--so soft and cozy. But he was ready to move on. Peter rarely asks for or cares about things like that for the house, so I put new sheets on the list of things to get (way down at the bottom), but I thought it was a little ridiculous--not only did he want new sheets, he wanted 600 thread-count sheets. I was skeptical about just how much softer and better they could actually be. He told me that he and his boss had had a discussion about it and his boss loves his 600 thread-count sheets. (The things men talk about at work!)
So, to make Peter happy and to impress his boss, I looked for 600 thread-count sheets the next time I was at the store. I bought a set of 500 thread-count sheets instead because I liked the color, design, and brand better than the 600 thread-count ones. I folded up our old sheets and put them in the closet; they were now consigned to be the understudies (sigh). When I put the new sheets on the bed I had to admit that they looked invitingly good. They were 100% supima cotton and had a nice sheen to them. But they felt too crisp the first few nights of sleeping on them, even though I'd pre-washed them. The old sheets were better.
After those first few nights, however, the new sheets got really comfortable. I'm not sure what happened, but I guess the magic of high thread-count sheets kicked in. Now I understand better what the big deal is. I fall asleep faster at night because they feel wonderful bundled up all softly around me. Still, they've proven to be a bit of a liability--even with a solid 7-8 hours of sleep, it's harder to get up in the morning because the bed feels way too comfortable and cozy. But that is a liability that I think I can live with!