Summer is here, and depending on where you live, this can mean many sleepless and uncomfortably warm nights during the long summer. To compliment our article on choosing the best sheets for the summer, following are some additional strategies on sleeping cooler in the summer and preventing moisture from becoming a big problem in your bed and fabrics.
If you’ve read our post on the best summer sheets, you know the basic benefits of going with cotton sheets or natural fibers. If you’re prone to night sweats or you live in an area that gets blistering hot during the summer months, investing in sheets that are practically designed to prevent moisture from becoming a problem will be of great benefit to you.
Following are a few options to consider when looking for anti-sweat sheets.
Bamboo sheets are made up of natural bamboo fibers and are able to quickly absorb moisture while staying breathable, preventing body heat from becoming trapped. Feeling silky smooth, these sheets contain anti-fungal and antimicrobial elements that help reduce the presence and spread of bacteria within your sheets.
Cotton is a great alternative to silk, and can be obtained at a more affordable price. Cotton sheets also come in a variety of finishes, such as sateen, jersey, and percale, each with their own unique properties and benefits. These sheets also work to prevent heat from being retained; sheets made up of 100% cotton can effectively release moisture to stay dry. While there are many types of cotton sheets to choose from, cotton generally will prevent moisture from becoming a big problem during the summer.
Another option for summer are sheets that are made specifically to eliminate moisture, reduce heat, and cool the body. These types of sheets are similar to athletic fabrics and also work similarly to reduce heat and moisture. Typically made up of cotton, polyester, and spandex blend fabrics, these sheets transfer body heat in order to keep you dry and comfortable.
In addition to choosing sheets that wick away moisture and keep you cool, there are a few other options that can help you stay cool at night. Consider placing a fan at the foot of your bed in order to better provide air circulation throughout your room. Ceiling fans are also great to keep the air circulating. Minimizing alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine also help to reduce night time sweating. These tricks coupled with the right sheets will prevent you from waking up hot and uncomfortable.
Finding The “Coolest” Sheets
The effectiveness of your summer sheets depends on the type of fabric and the quality, or thread count. However, regardless of the specific type of fabric you choose, there are several things to keep in mind to make sure you’re getting a quality sheet.
- Search for fabrics with a lightweight quality. Two things that cooler sheets all have in common is being lightweight and having breathability. Looking for a lightweight sheet is simply finding a fabric that feels light and airy instead of heavy and thick. A general rule is lightweight sheets should also promote high breathability as well. Also be sure the thread count is at least 200.
- Inspect the fabric for breathability. One quick way to check a fabric for this is to place a hand on one side and blow into it from the other side. The more air you feel the higher the breathability of the fabric.
- Invest in a cooling mattress pad. Sheets can work to keep you cool, but if they don’t quite do it, placing a cooling mattress pad underneath the sheets will give you additional circulation to improve the cool factor.
Protecting Your Memory Foam
While memory foam mattresses are affected by body heat, firming when cool and softening in the presence of body heat, other mattresses can also be susceptible to too much body heat as well and can become too hot.
In order to prevent heat from becoming a problem in your mattress during the summer, consider the following tactics:
- Replace your existing sheets with cooler sheets such as the options listed above. The goal is to prevent heat from being trapped in your sheets, thus allowing your mattress to stay cooler.
- Mattress pads are a must during the summer as they can prevent moisture from reaching the mattress as well as preventing your body heat from being absorbed in the mattress.
- Consider adjusting your thermostat to a slightly lower setting at night. Even a few degrees can make a difference in your comfort level and contribute to better rest.
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