Spring has passed and summer is here; at last. But while we do enjoy the warmer climate (Yay! Beach season), we find that it’s not really always easy sleeping in the summer. For one, warmer days also bring warmer nights, which also mean restless, uncomfortable nights.
Keeping cool in the summer doesn’t have to mean cranking up the AC and incurring high energy costs. Sometimes, it just takes changing your beddings. And choosing the right beddings and bed linens for summer can help keep you cool during the long, hot summer nights, giving you plenty of rest.
Here are some tips to help you choose the best beddings for summer.
Always remember that the fabric matters when choosing bedding materials and sheets. Certain materials bring certain advantages. In this case, use fabrics that are light and breathable such as cotton and cotton blends like sateen, percale, and jersey. These materials provide your sheets with breathability to make sure hot air goes out and allow cold air to enter. They are also durable, giving them the ability to withstand multiple washings in the summer.
Linen sheets are also a popular choice during the summer because they are light. However, they are very prone to wrinkling, making them more high maintenance than other options.
When choosing quilt covers, choose covers made from natural fibers over synthetic fibers because they are more breathable and lighter. Natural materials such as cotton or linen will definitely keep you feeling fresher throughout the night.
The prevailing notion is that the higher the thread count, the better the quality of your sheets. While that may be true, it is only true to a certain extent. And for the summer months, higher thread counts are certainly not the better option as having higher thread counts for your sheets can lower their breathability. But that also doesn’t mean you should get sheets with low thread count as those are definitely lower in quality and can be less durable. Instead, go for sheets in the middle of the range in terms of thread count – about 300 to 400. This gives you a good balance in breathability and quality.
Scientifically speaking, the color white actually means the absence of color and black is the presence of all colors. This means that when light bounces on material that is white, it reflects back the sunlight while black retains the sunlight. This is the same for your sheets.
When you choose lighter colors for your beddings such as white and beige, light and heat are reflected when sunlight enters your room, leaving you with a cooler room and bed during the night. Darker-colored sheets tend to absorb the light, trapping the heat throughout the day.