Summer Lovin' With Summer Bedding
Ah, the summer! The season for joyous vacations, playing outside, enjoying life to the fullest, and… sweating in bed. And not always in a fun way – sometimes the heat is just that unbearable even during the night. Even with all the modern advances in the realm of electronics, often even the AC and the fan can’t help us during the night, not without giving us a cold in return.
Instead, the more elegant and effective solution to our summer night problems is to just give a bit more attention to our summer bedding. The right bedding can turn a sweaty nightmare into pure joy, both in the evening, during the night, and in the morning. However, as with most nice things in life, our summer bedding too requires a bit of know-how and attention to detail, if it’s to be chosen and arranged properly. However, don’t worry – that’s why we’re here!
Let’s start from the same place where we started our guide for winter bedding – below. A nice set of mattress pads like these Downtown Company Wool Filled Mattress Pads can have a drastic effect on managing your bed temperature during both the cold and the hot months of the year. A lot of people fail to even consider mattress pads and we can hardly blame them, it’s not the most intuitive addition to your bed sets. It is one of the most effective ones, however.
Our next step on the road to summer comfort are the bed sheets. Again a bit counterintuitive for a lot of people, bed sheets actually play a huge role the temperature management of our bed. The summer is a time to remove the cozy flannel sheets that we used during the colder months of the year and replace them with nice, light cotton and linen sheets. Sateen, percale or jersey are some of the ideal fabrics for your summer bedding. Cotton is typically durable to frequent washing and that’s exactly what we need during the summer. Another factor to look out for is the thread count of your sheets. We already tackled the myth about the importance of thread count in sheets in another article – the higher thread count isn’t necessarily better. And that holds especially true in the hot months of the year when a high thread count means less breathability, which results in your body heat being trapped between the covers with you – a big no-no. Same goes for the pillow cases – take a look at those excellent 260 Thread Count Choice Natural Cotton Pillowcases for example - ideal for keeping you cool during the hottest of nights!
Even the color of your sheets is important during the summer, even though it’s a bit irrelevant in the winter – lighter colors reflect light while darker colors absorb it. That essentially means that you can find yourself absorbing heat in the morning if you’re using darker sheets – go light!
And onto the more obvious things in the end – change the heavy duvets, comforters, and blankets with something lighter. During the summer you’re looking for something with a fill power below 600. Also look for natural fibers – they are more breathable than most synthetic alternatives, no matter the price. Cover them with linen or cotton sheets or covers for maximum breathability and you’ll be set for sweet, summer dreams!
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