What can be more rewarding than a restful night’s sleep. We slip into our bed and doze off under the covers cozy and warm. While this warmth can be comforting to some of us, it could be a reason that some cannot get to sleep at night.
You toss and turn and wake up in the middle of the night to find yourself uncomfortable and sticky with sweat, but you just can’t get back to sleep. Most of us have experienced this at least once on a sultry summer night. But for warm sleepers, this is the reality even when it isn’t too hot as well.
Reasons why people get Warm at night
- High room temperature
- Neurological disorders
- Illness or medications
Bedding is also a common reason you may get warm at night. While it’s easy to blame cumbersome comforters or flannel-lined quilts, our sheets are often the main cause of our sleeping woes.
When we fall asleep, our body temperature drops by a few degrees. Our bedsheets help trap the heat as it escapes from the body, keeping us warm. That’s why we’ll often wake up shivering if our blanket falls off in the middle of the night.
We want to retain some heat to keep us warm at night, but some sheets are so dense that they trap too much heat. Any moisture from our skin also gets trapped, raising the humidity with it. That’s when the temperature rises, and we wake up sweaty and hot.
What’s the Solution?
When it comes to being a hot sleeper, the trick is to find bedsheets that trap heat while also being breathable. Alternately, there are sheets available with moisture wicking technology. These sheets are not only soft and moderately dense, but are also breathable enough to absorb the excess heat.
Choosing the Right Fabrics
Some materials are more breathable than others. Fleece and polyester, for instance, are known to trap heat next to the body for a warmer night’s sleep. However, a material can be breathable but not moisture-wicking, leaving you humid and hot. If you’re a hot sleeper, look for sheets made up of materials that are both breathable and moisture-wicking or absorbent, such as:
Cotton, Linen, Tencel or lyocell, Hemp
While all these materials have their benefits, pure cotton bedding is often more versatile and comes in a variety of weaves, allowing you to pick the perfect sheet for you.
The weave is just as important as thread count when it comes to determining the breathability of your bedsheets, if not more so. There are several types of weaves you will likely encounter when it comes to natural-fiber bedsheets. Some of the more common ones include:
Flannel, Sateen, Twill, Percale
Flannel and sateen are the heavier of the weaves, which is why you will often see people use them in the winter. Twill is lighter, but the texture is often rough and uncomfortable to the touch. The percale weave is particularly good for hot sleepers because it combines a light, crisp weave with a smooth finish.
Regularly Washing your Sheets
Taking time to wash your sheets regularly may help keep your sheets cool as well. If you have spent several nights sweating under the covers, all that oil and moisture accumulates on the bedding. This can lead to more humidity and trapped heat. Washing your bedding once or twice a week will not just keep the sheets in top shape, but also remove the trapped dust, humidity and give them a refreshing coolness.
Some people wash their sheets at high temperatures to kill germs. But high heat can damage bedsheets, especially if they’re cotton. Washing them at mild warm to cooler temperatures will help preserve them and keep the sheets cooler.
Taking a Shower Before Bedtime
Showering before bed is already a great way to stay cool at night by lowering your body temperature. This will also keep the Bedding Clean and keep your body temperature cooler.
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