Even if you‘re usually a deep sleeper, the summer heat and humidity can keep you tossing and turning all night. If sleeping with a leg out of your covers no longer cuts it in the hotter months, a summer duvet may be the solution. Switching your usual duvet for a lighter, thinner option can help you stay cool at night and sleep better in summer.
But what should you look for in a summer duvet? And what bedding to choose to improve your summer sleep? Let’s dive in!
That depends on where you live and your sleeping preferences. If you live in a mild climate where heat waves are usually rare and brief, you may not feel the need to invest in a separate duvet for summer. Some people decide to ditch the duvet altogether and sleep under a sheet, instead. If that works for you, great! But what if you can’t sleep without a duvet, even on the hottest nights? In this case, getting a summer duvet may help you sleep better.
Consider getting a lighter duvet for the summer if you:
Another important thing to consider when choosing the perfect summer duvet is its tog. Tog stands for Thermal Overall Grade and tells you how warm the duvet is. The higher the tog, the warmer the duvet. Duvets that measure 4.5 togs and under can help keep you cool in hot weather, even if they are made out of traditionally wintery material — even feather-filled and down duvets with low tog can be remarkably breathable and lightweight.
Alternatively, synthetic duvets filled with microfibers are a great option for summer — they are lightweight, cool, and hypoallergenic, so amazing for those with allergies too.
The right cover material is also essential — look for something that’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and temperature controlling. Some of the excellent fabrics for cooling duvets include:
If you tend to get very hot in summer, consider getting a specially designed cooling duvet and cooling sheets that can absorb your body heat and stop you from overheating. Additionally, you may look into cooling mattresses and pillows — they often have special gel inserts that help control your body temperature.
If getting two separate duvets to take you through the hot and cold nights seems excessive — for example, if you have limited storage space — you can invest in an all-seasons or a multi-tog duvet. All-seasons duvets usually measure around 7–8 togs, while multi-tog duvet sets can include a light tog duvet and a medium tog duvet. This allows you to layer them for colder months and sleep under the lighter one when the weather gets hot.
Cooling sheets and bedding can be an excellent solution for hot sleepers. Opt for natural fabrics if you often get very hot during the night — they’re breathable and help regulate your temperature. This applies to your sleepwear too; lightweight pajamas made of natural material like cotton can prevent you from overheating at night.
When it comes to natural materials that can keep you cool in your sleep, you have several options:
Bamboo is a versatile fiber that can be used to produce different fabrics such as rayon, viscose, and lyocell. Since bamboo grows quickly, this material is often praised for its sustainability. Bamboo bedding and sheets are durable, soft, and cool to the touch. They are lightweight and breathable, so they’re a great option for those who get hot during the night.
If summer nights keep you tossing and turning and you often wake up sweaty, then a 100-percent cotton bed linen can help you have a good night’s sleep. This natural material is breathable; it absorbs your body heat and keeps you cool and dry at night. Cotton is also hypoallergenic and can prevent skin irritation. So if you have sensitive skin or sunburn after spending a little too much time in the sun, pure cotton bedding — and nightwear — can be a real blessing. This fabric lets your skin breathe, draws moisture away, and can reduce itchiness.
Tip: a lot of summer bed covers and duvet sets are made of a mix of cotton and polyester, which is a synthetic fiber and can counteract the cooling properties of the natural fabric. So make sure to read the label and opt for bedding that is made of pure cotton.
Linen is a popular material for summer duvet covers — and clothing — and for a good reason. Just like other natural fibers, it is breathable and has moisture-wicking properties, so sheets and duvet covers made of linen are perfect for sweaty sleepers. Linen is also pretty durable, but can feel a bit rough at first — it will soften up with time and several washes though. One downside of linen — if you can call it that — is that it creases very easily. So if you like your bedding to look extra smooth and sleek, it may not be for you. Otherwise, it’s an amazing fabric for comfortable summer nights.
Can you think of something more luxurious than silk sheets? But silk bedding doesn’t just look and feel fancy, it’s actually an amazing option for sweaty sleepers too. This smooth fabric is cool to the touch, helps regulate body temperature, and absorbs moisture well.
But silk bedding goes beyond just providing a comfortable sleep on a hot night — it can actually give you a beauty boost!
Silk pillowcases are delicate to your skin and help minimize sleep creases and wrinkles, as well as prevent hair breakage and frizz. So consider investing in a silk bedding set to get the beauty sleep you deserve.
While switching your duvet and bedding for the summer is a sure way to stay cool at night, there are other tricks you may try to sleep soundly in hot weather.
Getting enough sleep is essential for your well-being year-round, but hot and humid summer nights can have you tossing and turning and wake up tired and sweaty. A lightweight summer duvet can help improve your sleep in the warmer months. Look for a duvet with a tog of 4.5 or lower and a cooling cover material like eucalyptus or tencel.
Another way to sleep soundly in summer is to switch your bedding. Opt for sheets and duvet covers made of natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton, bamboo, or silk. They help to draw your body heat away from you and keep you cool at night.