Summer Heat Between the Sheets

I have a problem and I’m coming clean. During the warmer summer months I become a sleepless sleeper as bulky bedding takes over creating unwanted heat between the sheets.

Shortly into the night in a ritualistic fashion, I throw off the covers sleeping slightly concealed by the flat sheet. The sight of my bed, from the fight with my sheets throughout the previous night, reflects how I’m feeling from the lack of sleep.

Realizing a peaceful night sleep requires more than a do-not-disturb mattress, I set out to resolve my bedding bewilderment and I was surprised what I found.

In my search I spoke with Steve Caradano, Owner of the online-based company Vero Linens, who shared some first-class insight, from his 17-years industry experience, into ideal bedding during the warmer months.

When it comes to the fitted and flat sheets cotton is the way to go, as it is a breathable fabric that wicks away moisture well.

“However, not all cotton is created equal, as with most things, cotton is graded. The best and more expensive grades of cotton have the longs fiber length and smallest fiber diameter. Overall Egyptian Cotton (EC) yields the best of the characteristics,” Steve said.  “Yet, just because the label says Egyptian Cotton, don’t be fooled there are good grades of EC and poor grades.”

Some EC sheets can contain as little as 10 per cent EC and still be labeled as an Egyptian Cotton sheet. So make sure to look carefully at the label, and look for 100% EC.

Think of it like this, and naturally this analogy involves food. If you’re hungry, you can spend $1.00 on a hamburger or you can buy a $25.00 Kobe beef hamburger. After all, both burgers, but what you get is not equal. The same can be said for EC sheets.

Many times we become fixated on thread count, thinking the higher the thread count the better the sheet, however, the grade of cotton is a bigger factor. Keep in mind when looking for bed sheets during warmer months, a lower thread count in cotton sheets, like 300, often wicks away moisture better and provides a more breathable fabric.

Another summer bedding option at a much higher price point would be linen.

Describing linen, Steve clarified: “Linens is a catch-all phrase, whereas linen itself is made from flax. It’s a robust fiber and will outlast many other fabrics.”

Speaking of linen further he went on to mention, “Linen is actually the coolest of the fabrics used for bed linens. It is more popular in warmer climates because of its wicking properties, which are better than cotton. Linen wrinkles more than cotton and has a courser feel compared to fine grades of cotton. Like cotton it gets softer with each washing.”

Despite the bulky stigma concerning down duvets, even during warmer periods the top sheet can still be down.

“Down is a natural fiber that breathes well and doesn’t generate heat. Synthetic fills don’t breathe as well, and can be hot to sleep under.” Steve shared. “The amount of air your comforter traps is determined by the size of the down clusters. The larger size of the clusters of down in the comforter, the more heat it retains.”

As the temperature increases it’s a matter of locating a lightweight comforter.

“When selecting a duvet cover it is always recommend that one use a sheet weight fabric,” Steve added.

Duvets may not work for all, due to our different sleeping habits and bedding preferences. If down is not your premium choice a simple coverlet is another route to take. Steve finds several people use a light cotton blanket or throw coupled with a coverlet to provide a lighter cooler look in the bedroom.

Whatever our bedding needs may be, it’s important to make informed decisions to avoid a sleepless struggle with the sheets during the warmer summer months. For me, perhaps new luxury Egyptian Cotton sheets along with a lightweight down comforter will entice the wanted variety of heat between the sheets and of course cater to a few Zzzzs.

For more information on Vero Linens and their product line visit www.verolinens.com.

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