When I set out to create a nightgown to manage night sweats, I knew that I needed to use a fabric that would respond to those constant and rapid heat and moisture changes that happen all night long.

But I also wanted the fabric to be soft and comfortable. I was thinking cotton. Then I wore cotton to bed, woke up soaked with my nightgown sticking to me and realized that maybe cotton wasn’t such a good idea after all.

The best fabric to manage night sweats

Simone nightgown front

So, after months of research and testing (ie., wearing different fabrics to bed), I hit on a winner – a medium weight, hemp-organic cotton blend.*

There are so many benefits to hemp fabric.

Hemp has a great natural structure since its fibres have a hollow core and microscopic openings on the outside of the fibre. This structure sucks away heat and moisture from your body via capillary action through the small openings. The hollow core stores heat and then releases it to you when you need it again. Meanwhile, the moisture is wicked away from your body.

There is, however, a drawback with hemp – perhaps when you hear about hemp fabric you’re thinking of a burlap sack. Yes, initially, 100% hemp can be quite rough and stiff. It’s very much like linen. It’s a woven fabric that starts out stiff, but the more you wash it, the softer it gets. Because of that, it is often blended with other, softer fabrics. For our Simone nightgown, we chose hemp that’s blended with organic cotton.

The cotton provides the softness that makes the nightgown so comfortable and feels like a medium-weight cotton t-shirt.

The hemp provides the moisture and heat management that keeps you dry and even-temperatured so you can sleep.

There are a few other advantages of hemp used as a fabric for a nightgown for night sweats:

  • It’s anti-bacterial. It doesn’t need washing as frequently. And, when it does need cleaning,
  • It’s easy to care for. Throw it in a cold-water wash (no bleach) and hang to dry or tumble dry on low.
  • It’s extremely durable. What that means is that our nightgown can be washed and worn for a very long time before it’s completely worn out.
  • Hemp is also a great rotation crop. Every part of it can be used in some way from providing food to making paper** and plastic.

In fact, at Partridgeberry, we believe that one nightgown will probably outlast your night sweats.

Footnotes:

*Technically, the crop is called industrial hemp and is cannabis’ cousin. The difference is that industrial hemp must contain a maximum of 0.3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. There is no limit on how much THC a marijuana plant contains.

**Fun fact: all of our marketing and information cards are made from hemp paper! 🙂