Many of us don’t switch out bedding every season. But, it may be a great idea to consider changing out your sheets for a set that won’t worsen a hot night. Put your flannel bedding in the closet, and read on for tips for choosing the best sheets to keep you cool and comfortable this summer.
Choose Natural Fibers
Fabrics made from natural materials are breathable and will wick perspiration away. You’ll stay stay cool and dry with natural fibers rather than synthetic ones that don’t allow proper ventilation. (Studies suggest that the average person sweats about 16 fluid ounces of perspiration throughout the night.) Cotton or cotton blends are affordable, comfortable and durable. The highest quality cotton sheets are made from Egyptian cotton. Silk sheets will regulate temperature and feel great against the skin, but they are often pricey. Linen sheets breathe well and have a natural cooling effect, but they wrinkle very easily.
Don’t Believe the Thread Count Hype
Most people think that higher thread counts mean more decadence when it comes to sheets, and that’s not always true. Sheets with super-high thread counts don’t let air pass through the threads as freely, and that traps heat underneath. Thread counts of 300-400 are perfect for summer. If it’s possible, feel the fabric first-hand so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into if you purchase the sheets for your bed.
Pick Light Colors
During the summer, light colored sheets reflect the heat that comes through your bedroom windows rather than absorb it. White or light colors are easy to bleach, too. Wash your sheets in lukewarm water and avoid using high heat when drying to keep your sheets looking and feeling like new. If you can dry your sheets on an outdoor clothesline, you’ll get that fresh, outdoor smell.