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How does wicking work?

First, envision a gallon of sweat. That’s the maximum amount the human body can produce hourly. With regard to power consumption, that’s a production of 2.4 kilowatts an hour.

Now, run your air conditioner. An average American’s central air system requires 1.2 kilowatts hourly.

Human bodies have the ability to perspire hourly and produce enough power to effectively power an air conditioner unit two times over.

Fabric with wicking properties—athletic apparel, bedding, etc.—is usually made from blends of poly fibers that draw moisture away from the body and onto the fabric, drying more quickly than on the skin alone. Cotton, the standard for most materials from clothing to bedding, does not wick well.

Wicking fabrics pull moisture via a process known as capillary action. Tiny conduits, similar to the the body’s capillaries, draw sweat away from the skin, onto the fabric, and allow it to evaporate on the surface of the material rather than on the skin itself. As the moisture reaches the outside layers of the fabric, it spreads quickly and evaporates more rapidly. At Wicked Sheets, we want your sleep to be as cool and dry as the athletic apparel keeps you during a workout.

Cotton can absorb 7% of its weight in water or sweat. Polyester, however, absorbs 0.4% of its weight in water or sweat. Which means while cotton technically absorbs more effectively, it lacks the quick drying, breathable abilities of athletic fabrics and Wicked Sheets. Our moisture wicking sheets allow for three times the airflow, four times shorter the drying time, and six times the wicking power of traditional cotton.

If you’re unsure which of our products is best, use our sleeper survey to get the perfect set for you or a friend.

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