When the year's warmest months have you searching for coolness, you might not expect to find it in your bed. The right sheets, however, can improve your summer slumber. The best kind are the sheets that suit your preferences, from fabric type and budget friendly to laundering ease and eco-considerate manufacturing.
Athletic or active wear helps keep you cool during a sweaty workout, as do sheets made from the same or similar materials. Their advanced design wicks moisture away from your skin for restful slumber. Such silky, breathable fabric transfers warmth better than traditional sheets, some of which are made to trap body heat -- ideal for winter "hibernation," but icky for summer snoozing or siestas. Refer to the care label, which may suggest laundering on cool settings and skipping the bleach and iron.
The higher the thread count, the denser and heavier the sheets. That said, don't opt for the lowest count, which can feel rough on delicate skin. Ideally, choose 400-or-so-thread-count sheets in a crisp, breathable cotton blend for easy care and improved comfort on hot nights -- or all four seasons. Coolness coupled with their typically lower price point compared to the high-count counterparts make these sheets a win-win summer solution.
Some natural-fiber sheets, including those made from hemp, bamboo or linen -- which are derived from flax -- help to regulate body temperature and allow you to sleep well even when the mercury threatens to "bubble over." Breathable, absorbent natural fabrics outplay satin, synthetic or tightly woven silk sheets, which can act as insulators. Not only do quality natural sheets help keep your body cool, but by supporting "earth-buddy" manufacturers, especially those that use organic, non-genetically modified organisms products, your conscience can rest easy too.
It's no secret that colors can affect how you feel. Sliding under snowy-white, watery-green or icy-blue sheets, for example, initiates restfulness that's soothing and cooling, in contrast to slipping between a fiery-red or blazing-sun-orange set. If you have sensitive skin, avoid chemical dyes, which can trigger a heat-rash allergy or prickly heat reaction, especially when paired with heat, humidity and friction. Opt instead for naturally dyed sheets, which can reduce or eliminate sensitivity, bringing down body temperature and, ultimately, upping sleep comfort.