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A good night's sleep is invaluable. It's surprising how much our requirements for a few hours of catching Z's can change, however, with the changing seasons. You may want to pile on the heavy blankets and flannel sheets in the winter, but sleeping in the heat of the summer is a completely different story. If you're looking for a way to stay cool and rest easy all summer long, read these tips about how the right bedding can keep you comfortable during the hottest months.
Lighter weight: First things first, you'll need to switch out all your heavy winter blankets and sheets for something in a lighter weight for the summer. A comforter with a thinner layer of down fill makes a good alternative to your heavy winter one, and blankets with an open weave, like crocheted styles, can stand in for your dense quilts. The same goes for your sheets: Switch a cozy flannel set with a lightweight cotton or silk one during the summer.
Versatility: Just like you layer your clothes in case of changing weather, layering your bed can help you adapt to changing temperatures throughout the night. It's usually warmer when you go to bed than during the early morning hours, especially if you live in a drier climate. Keep an extra blanket folded at the foot of your bed that you can pull over yourself when the temperature dips or the AC kicks in. Meanwhile, a lightweight layer of sheets and thin blankets will keep you comfortable when the night air is a bit warmer.
The right fabrics: Certain fabrics can actually trap heat in, no matter how thin or light they are. To keep your bed cool and breathable, look for natural fabrics, such as cotton, silk, even a lightweight wool. These fabrics will wick moisture away from you, keeping you cool in your sleep; organic fabrics can do even more because the chemicals in treated fabrics serve as a barrier, trapping moisture and heat inside.
A new look: Don't underestimate how much switching your bedding style out for something with a lighter, more summery look can actually affect the quality of sleep you get. Look for fashion bedding in lighter colors and summery motifs, like florals or nautical stripes, which can trigger your mind to shift from winter to summer. Lighter colors trap less heat, too, so look for something light, summery, and refreshing to deck your bed.
Thread count: It is true that a higher thread count usually means a higher quality in your sheets, but sometimes the highest thread count isn't the best choice, in the summer, for example. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave will be and the less the sheets will breathe. Instead, look for sheets with a thread count of 350 to 500. They'll still be of nice quality, but will have a looser, more breathable weave.
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