Summer is quickly approaching, and so is the summertime heat. This can make sleeping slightly uncomfortable if you don’t make your bed summer ready. From thread count myths to fabrics, there is much to decide when it comes to the perfect bedding for summer.
Truthfully, most people don’t change their bedding with the seasons. In fact, tossing the heavy down duvet might be the extent of it. However, swapping out those dark colored, heavy flannel sheets for a gentler summer selection can improve your sleep greatly.
Here’s how to choose the right bedding to get the most of your summertime slumber.
The Thread Count Myth
To start off this bedding “How To” right, let’s first dispel the thread count myth. Many people associate high thread counts with softer, more luxurious sheets. This is not always the case.
When it comes to summer time bedding, higher thread counts may not be the best. This is due to the heat. Higher thread counts can actually trap heat under your covers, making for a sweaty night’s sleep.
“The extra thread count doesn’t make enough difference in feel to justify the price,” according to Forbes. “In fact, the highest-count sheets can even be stiff because so many fibers are jammed so closely together.”
Instead, break the thread count myth and shoot for sheets with a thread count not greater than 400. These sheets may allow for better circulation. However, be sure to feel before you buy to make sure your skin will be satisfied at night too.
Choose Natural Fabrics
The fabric your bedding is made of can make a big impact on your summertime slumber. Most natural fabrics are more breathable and softer. Cotton is always a great choice, like Egyptian and Sea Island cottons.
Egyptian cotton can be pricey, but depending on your bedding makeover budget, may be worth it. After all, sleep is a must for the busy mommy. Cotton blends, like cotton/bamboo blends. These are eco-friendly, antimicrobial, and moisture absorbing.
Linen is also a great fabric for summer slumber. It is breathable, light, and has a natural cooling affect. However, beware of wrinkles with linen sheets.
Think Gentle Colors
The color of your bedding actually has an impact when it comes to summer bedding. Picking a bedroom style can be challenging, but gentler colored sheets can help you stay cooler while you sleep.
Lighter colors don’t absorb as much heat throughout the day. This is why they are often nice and cool when you slide into them when it’s bedtime. Choosing a soft color can also improve your mood too. Lavender, cool blue, gray-blue, and aqua are all great summertime palette choices.
Get a Summer Duvet
Do you remember waking up every morning with your duvet on the floor? That’s because it was probably the same duvet you use in the winter. A summer duvet can fix this. The best bedding sets have a summer duvet at the ready. If it stays pretty warm in the evenings where you live, a duvet tog rating of 4.5 or lower is recommended. If it cools down quite a bit at night, choose a duvet with a tog rating of 10.5 or lower.
There are other essential elements to your summer duvet to consider as well. Like what’s in it. For instance, you may prefer goose feather down or maybe non-allergenic microfiber. It depends on personal preference.
Lightweight Sateen and Silk May Not Be Best
In winter, you probably enjoy the extra weight of your bedding. In fact, it may be quite comforting to have your sheets and duvet give you a warm bear hug all night. But in summer, that bedding bear hug can be downright suffocating.
Choosing lighter material for your bedding is a must for proper summertime slumber. Contrary to popular belief, sateen and silk sheets may not be best for summer.
Sure, they are lightweight, but they can also trap your body heat in. “Silk sheets, when properly cared for, are also durable and ideal for keeping warm in the winter,” according to Martha Stewart.
There are a number of sheet choices for summer. Linen and percale are pretty popular. Percale allows air to pass freely, and doesn’t wrinkle as much as linen tends to do.
Are You Ready for a Summer Bedroom Makeover?
Your bed is one of the most important parts of your bedroom, and your life. Getting quality sleep is priceless. After you make your bed summer ready, why stop there? You can keep going and have a summertime bedroom makeover that will take your sleep to the next level.