Make switching up your summer bedding a breeze with these easy tips and tricks to help you beat the heat on warm nights
1 Buy the right bedding for the season – it’s the best way to banish sticky summer nights. Choose a summer duvet with a low tog rating: somewhere between a 1 tog duvet and a 4.5 tog duvet should suit the height of summer. If in doubt, go for a lighter option and keep a summer blanket on standby so you can layer up or down. Our Comfortably Cool duvets (made using recycled materials), cooling summer sheets and pillowcases are made from a clever blend of cotton and sustainable fibre Tencel, so they feel cool to the touch, helping you feel fresh all night – pretty cool, when you think about it.
2 (Don’t) see the light. Summer evenings and mornings can disturb those crucial first and last few hours of sleep. Try black-out blinds or thicker curtains to block out the light, or an eye mask to keep you in blissful darkness after dawn.
3 Be clever with colour, from your decor to your bed linen – lighter tones like white, pale blue or pale green will help you feel cool and serene while you’re getting ready for lights out. Scent can have a big impact, too, so bring home fragrance into the mix – choose a reed diffuser with fresh, clean notes like lemon, linen or cotton.
4 What you do before bed is just as crucial as your summer sheets. Cut out screen time an hour ahead of bedtime. If reading relaxes you, try a blue light filter for your phone or e-reader, to cancel out light that keeps your brain on high alert (or there’s always a good old-fashioned paperback). Ditch cold showers – a warm bath or shower will actually make you feel cooler when you get out. The worst thing you can do is get stressed about the heat. Try to imagine you’re on holiday somewhere tropical, with the soothing sound of the sea not far away. Then lie back, close your eyes and drift away…