7 Tips For a Cool Summer's Night Sleep
With the long, hot days of summer upon us, getting a good night's sleep can sometimes be impossible. Even with air conditioning, the warmth and humidity of the day can still interfere with a comfortable sleep. We've interviewed our knowledgable sales staff on their top tips for a restful slumber during the dog days of summer.
1) Choose the right sheets
Cotton percale sheets are a great go-to solution for a cool sleep. "If you've never tried percale sheets, summer is the right time to do it", says Linda, one of our expert sales associates. "When you get into a bed with percale linens, it's cool to the touch." Another great option is linen or a linen/cotton blend. The texture of linen - which comes from the flax plant - is always cool and renowned for being an excellent summer sheet.
2) Lighten up... your duvet
The great thing about a down duvet is that down adapts to your body's temperature, so it can be used all summer long. That said, we definitely recommend using a lightweight or ultralight duvet during the hottest months of the summer. Check our our lightest options, the Au Lit Ultra Light Duvet and the Tremblant Light Duvet.
3) Get down with down
We believe that choosing the right pillow is one of the key factors in getting a good night's sleep. As we mentioned above, down adapts to your body's temperature, and will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Goose down is incredibly breathable - perfect for avoiding sweaty bedhead in the morning. No matter how you sleep, we've got a down pillow that's perfect for you.
4) Layer up
Just like you would with your clothing, your bed works well with layering pieces. Whether it's a down blanket (which is much thinner than a duvet and does not need a cover) or a cotton coverlet, you can easily remove each item throughout the night as needed. Even your duvet can be rolled at the foot of your bed hotel-style.
5) The right PJs are key
Cotton percale pyjamas were made for warm summer nights. With a crisp, linen-like feel (just like your favourite button-up shirt), they'll keep you cool even on the warmest night. Tip: make sure they're a bit roomy; pyjamas that are too tight restrict air flow. We love the ultra-soft Fontenay nightshirt, crafted from pure Egyptian cotton percale. We also recommend Lusomé jammies for hot nights, as they were created with a special wicking fabric to prevent night sweats and keep you cool.
6) Invest in a mattress pad
While it seems counterintuitive to add more layers to your bed in the summer, the mattress pad is essential for protecting your mattress. Everyone who tries our St. Dormeir Mattress Protector can't help but rave about it! Made from a breathable mix of cotton and wool fibres, we've heard countless times (from both men and women alike) that it's the secret to maintaining a consistent - and sweat free - temperature throughout the night.
7) Try lavender water
Research shows that the scent of lavender helps to ease insomnia and anxiety. A few spritzes of our Lavender Linen Water on your sheets and pillowcase will assist in carrying you off to dreamland.