The warmer months of summer may cause a little more heat in the bedroom. There is nothing better than hopping into a clean and fresh bed made with luxury and affordable linens. Here are some other tips you might want to consider to keep your bed cooler.
· Choose natural fibers.
Sleep experts recommend using natural fibers such as cotton and bamboo. They wick away sweat from your skin and dry quickly, as opposed to synthetic fabrics which don’t allow ventilation. Cotton sheets are the best sheets for summer. You might think you already have this. However, you most probably have picked up a combination material like 40% polyester and 60% cotton.
Bamboo sheets are a popular choice during the summer months. Although they are a bit expensive than cotton sheets, they provide tons of other benefits. They are 100% natural, resistant to odors, considered to be quick drying, soft, and has antimicrobial properties. If you want to get a good sleep at night, keep cool with bamboo bedding. It is one of the most breathable and lightweight fabrics out there.
· Try linen.
Linen is outstanding in summer. Linens made from 55% and 45% cotton are just perfect for summer if you cannot afford the 100% variants.
· Go microfiber.
Microfiber sheets are perfect for others. They are inexpensive and they wick moisture as well. So if you are on a tight budget, this fabric is a perfect fit.
· Do not prioritize thread counts.
Thread count pertains to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of a fabric. In general, it means higher thread count denoted by a softer sheet. Most people have this mindset that higher thread counts make the sheets more decadent. However, in reality, their tighter weave makes them less breathable. Choose beddings with 200 to 400 thread count for the hot season. Thread counts greater than 500 trap heat because of the tightly woven threads packed into a small space.
· Put matelassé over a comforter.
If you find your bedding a little bit warm, consider swapping around some things. The first thing you might want to look at is the down comforter. You might want to replace that with a matelassé, a quilted coverlet or a blanket of a sort — whether it be a cotton blanket or a down blanket.
A matelassé is a single layer of fabric which has a very intricate design woven into it. A quilted coverlet, on the other hand, has three layers. It’s got the underside, the middle batting, and the top side.
· Replace old mattress pads.
Think about a new mattress pad. If your mattress pad is getting old and thin, a new mattress pad will provide more thickness, more comfort, and more protection to your mattress itself. More importantly, this new, thicker pad will provide a wicking property and breathability to the bed.
· Pick light colors.
It has been scientifically proven that light colors reflect heat and darker ones absorb them. So for the summer season, choose lighter colored sheets.
Investing in sheets that will make you feel cooler on hot summer nights will eventually cut costs in the long run. It will drastically lower your power consumption by refraining to use your air conditioner. With bed sheets that stay cool, you will keep away from the stinky, sweaty feeling and clingy sheets caused by the warm weather.