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summer bedding guide

written by Simon Anthony

updated 02.08.2023

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Sleeping in summer can feel like a struggle due to the heat and humidity, making it harder to get a restful night's sleep. If you’ve been wondering ‘what is the best bedding for summer?’ or if you’re just looking for the best tips on how to cool down in bed, then we can show you everything that you can do to keep your bed feeling extra light and eliminate those night sweats. As the nights get hotter, it's essential to choose materials that are breathable and lightweight to ensure a cool and comfortable sleep. Whether it’s a quick fix or a complete bedroom transformation, read more to discover the ways in which you can switch up your bedding this summer.  

when should I switch to summer bedding?

Ideally, changing your bedding before the transition into summer will make your life a lot easier when it comes to sleeping in the heat. Once the clocks go forward and the temperature changes, you’ll be kicking off your duvet in what feels like 90 degrees heat. So, if you want to save yourself and your sleep, the best time to change your bedding would be in line with the start of the season at the beginning of April. If you’re an allergy sufferer too, then this gives you time to switch up your bed with anti-allergen bedding before hay fever season kicks off.   

what type of bedding is best for summer? 

When it comes to summer bedding, the key is to prioritise breathability and temperature regulation. Lightweight summer bedding is best and natural fibres like cotton and linen are excellent choices as they wick away moisture and allow more airflow. Cotton is a popular choice for summer bedding due to its breathable nature, opt for cotton sheets with a lower thread count (around 300 for added breathability). Additionally, go for a light colour that will reflect sunlight rather than absorb it. Now you know what to go for, let’s explore how you can swap out thick duvets and discover additional tips to creating your best bedding set for summer.   

is a duvet too hot for summer?

A duvet in summer can be too hot for some people, but for others they may be okay as long as it’s a lower tog - it depends on personal preference. However, as the nights get hotter, we'd advise a summer duvet for a comfortable sleep as it helps to regulate your body temperature and has less insulation. If you’re looking to swap out your duvet for something that will help you sleep better during the warmer months, then it's important to look out for a summer weight duvet with a lower tog rating.   

what is the best tog for a summer duvet?

As a rule, the lower the tog rating the less warm the duvet will be. This can range from 7.5 to 2.5 depending on your sleeping preference and how your body reacts to the heat. So, what the best summer duvet looks like for you would depend on how light you wanted the duvet to be.  

what can I use in summer instead of a duvet?

Opting for lighter alternatives like lightweight comforters or summer-weight blankets are always a great option as these are breathable bedding options that will help keep you cool and comfortable during the summer months. Our summer breeze duvet is our lowest tog duvet specially designed for summer, with a 2.5 tog it makes it the best duvet for hot sleepers.   

what are the best pillows for summer?

The best pillows for summer are those that promote airflow and provide a cool and comfortable sleep experience. It’s essential to choose a pillow that provides both comfort and breathability to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the night. Memory foam pillows are known for their ability to contour to the shape of your head and neck while providing support. Look for memory foam pillows that are infused with cooling gel like our cool touch pillows, as this helps reduce heat and allows for better air circulation. The gel-infused memory foam not only keeps you cool but also ensures pressure relief and a comfortable sleep experience.     Another popular cooling pillow choice is the down alternative. These pillows are lightweight, breathable, and offer excellent air circulation. They’re great for individuals who prefer a softer and fluffier pillow but still want to stay cool during warmer nights.    Additionally, there are speciality cooling pillows specifically designed to regulate body temperature like our so cool pillows. These pillows often have a unique fibre construction to keep your head feeling nice and cool throughout the night. Remember to consider your personal preferences and sleeping habits when choosing a pillow to ensure you find the perfect fit for a cool and restful summer night's sleep.  

what are the best bed sheets for summer?

The best bed sheets for summer are usually made from lightweight and breathable materials that help keep you cool during hot nights. Bed linens are essential for a cooler night’s sleep. Bed linens refer to all bedding components such as flat sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers. Made from lightweight and breathable materials like cotton and linen, they allow for better airflow. Cotton is a natural fabric that is highly breathable, and it helps to regulate body temperature during the warmer months, making it perfect for those summer sheets. It has excellent moisture-wicking properties, so it feels cool against the skin.  

Now you should be overly prepared for the summer season, with this knowledge you can create your own perfect sanctuary that will withstand the heat and say goodbye to restless nights. Want to shop all your needs in one? Then explore our summer bedding set to get the complete bedding experience. 

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