Rebecca’s Tips: Summer Sheets
Stick with natural fibers.
The optimal bedsheets to use during the summer are made up of 100% natural fibers. This includes silk and several cotton blends such as percale, sateen, and jersey. The goal is to allow the sheets to breathe and air to flow. Heavy sheets keep air trapped in, leading to an uncomfortable hot bed and restless night. Sheets made up of natural fibers though, let air circulate and keep moisture from forming, thus, preventing perspiration from becoming a problem even in the hottest of nights. Look for sheets made from 100 per cent natural fibers. It has an advantage over man-made materials because they breathe. Better air circulation keeps the air under the sheets from becoming stifling, since people tend to perspire while they sleep. On average, one person can lose up to a liter of moisture during the night. Unlike synthetic fabrics, sheets made from natural fibers are better able to wick moisture away from your body. Natural fibers include silk, bamboo, and specific cotton fabrics such as sateen and jersey. When you think luxury beds, silk sheets come immediately to mind. They are the Ferraris of the bedsheet world. They keep temperatures at perfect levels and allow you to stay cool during the summer and warm during the winter – a perfect win-win situation. However, they are pricey as great luxury comes at a cost.
Bamboo may not be your first thought when considering sheets that keep you cool but it is definitely one of the best materials. Many people have compared it to the feeling of cashmere. Bamboo sheets promote good air circulation and can adapt well to extreme temperatures. Bamboo is three times more absorbent than cotton and can dry quickly, allowing you to wake up dry and comfortable no matter how much you perspire. In addition, fabric made from bamboo retains the original plant’s anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties. Furthermore, if you have environmental concerns, bamboo sheets are 100 per cent eco-friendly.
Although natural silk sheets are comfortable and regulate the body’s temperature well, they can also be a little pricey. As well, it’s important to remember that not all silk sheets are created equal. Even though some sheets may look like the real thing, they are often made from a synthetic fabric blend, including nylon and polyester, both of which do not keep you as cool and dry in hot weather as natural fibers do.
This is a flat weave with a high thread count, creating a crisp and durable fabric that is finely textured. If you like the feeling of stiff sheets, percale is the ideal option.
Don’t Get Caught Up In The Thread Count Hype.
While most people think that the higher the thread count, the more decadent the sheets are, this is not always the truth. Also, sheets with a very high thread count don’t let air pass as freely, trapping heat underneath. We suggest choosing a set with a 300-400 thread count for the summer. Also, if possible, it’s best to feel the fabric first-hand, as this is the best test to how they will feel against your skin all night long. The thread count of your fabrics is an important measurement for any sheets and is the best gauge of the quality and make of the sheets as well as the comfort level they provide. The higher the thread count the more comfortable a sheet will likely feel. A general guideline is to ignore sheets below the 175 thread count threshold and to search for anything above 250, with 300+ being sheets that are well worth the cost.