Maybe it's the result of our parents nagging us every morning to make the bed. Maybe it is the fact that it ends up in a wad at our feet by the end of the night. Or maybe it's just plain laziness. No matter what the reason may be, the traditional top sheet is being tossed out by one-third of Americans, with Gen Z (18-22 years old) and Baby Boomers (55-73 years old) leading the trend.

Now you may be thinking "what's the big deal? It's a simple sheet." While this sheet supposedly keeps us slightly warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, let's be real. This thin piece of fabric doesn't have that much of an impact on our temperature. In reality, it just makes it tedious to tidy up.

So what's the actual purpose of this linen? The answer can be summed up in one word: hygiene.

This bedding staple is specifically designed to serve as a barrier between you and the rest of your bedding. As you sleep, you naturally shed skin cells and hair. Additionally, whether you want to admit it or not, you also sweat and drool. Then, add in dust, pollen, and whatever joyous gifts that your pets bring to your bedding and suddenly your place of slumber is not so desirable.

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Due to this, sleep experts recommend washing your bedding once a week. However, washing and drying a comforter is quite the task. And when you consider the fact that almost a quarter of Americans already wait three weeks or longer to clean their actual sheets, imagine how much time passes before the comforter gets washed. In a word, gross. 

If you're part of the population that nixes this bedding staple, consider investing in a duvet cover to make washing your linens a little easier and to give your bedding a better chance of ever making it to the washer.

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