Summers can be hot and there is nothing worse than not being able to get to sleep on a muggy summer night. The country has already had one heatwave with more expected before the temperatures start to drop in mid to late September. The key to good body temperature regulation is ensuring that you have the right bed sheets. Here is how you choose a great bed sheet for summer.


Choose Natural Fibres

Many fanciful claims are made about “natural” products but one thing is clear – they are often the most breathable materials available. Whether you go for pure cotton, blended cotton, or silk, these materials wick away sweat in ways that synthetics will not. Therefore, they are much better for helping you regulate your body temperature. Synthetic fibres tend to be better for waterproofing and water retention. On a hot summer’s night, you want sheets to disperse your sweat, not retain it.


Be Cautious About Cotton “Thread Count”

Does it really matter how many threads the sheet has? Well yes, it does, but don’t be distracted to the exclusion of everything else. It appeals to the fallacy that more always equals better. A higher number does not mean higher quality when it comes to cotton bedsheets. Thread count has a direct impact on the ventilation qualities of a sheet. The higher the thread count, the more likely the sheet is to trap heat. You want heat retention when it’s cold, not when it’s hot. For summer, use something with a lower thread count; in winter, go for something higher.


Do I Choose Silk or Cotton?

This is one of the biggest questions to consider when buying bed sheets for summer. We understand how luxurious silk sheets can feel – it’s pure indulgence. That’s not to say that silk has no functional properties. As a natural fibre, they are great for temperature regulation all the year round. Silk will retain heat in the winter and keep you cool in the summer. They are, however, much more expensive than cotton sheets. Many people will not find any measurable benefit over cotton; it’s a matter of personal preference.


What About Bamboo?

The world has gone mad for clothing made from bamboo fibre. Now, it is making its way into our bedding – particularly in bed sheets. There are pros and cons to bamboo. The major drawback is the price, comparable to silk and sometimes more expensive. That said, if you have no problem paying a little extra, you’ll find bamboo is great for wicking away sweat and oils from your body in the summer. They are also highly durable and won’t fade easily; in some cases, they may represent the most economical choice.


Lighter Colours

If you want to remain cool at night during the summer, you need to consider the impact of heat retention during the day in contributing to your comfort at night. Lighter colours reflect heat and darker colours retain heat. When bright sun has poured through your window all day, warming the room and the bedding, you need that heat to disperse. The colour(s) you choose is a matter of personal preference; light and pale are certainly best in the summer.