Many people use the same bed linens all year round, without realizing how the quality of their bed linen affects their ability to get a good night’s sleep at night.
In the summer, the temperature rises dramatically. In the hottest weeks of summer, they hardly fall. The wrong bed linen, especially ones made from unsuitable materials, can play a decisive role in how easily we fall asleep and how well we sleep through those hot summer nights.
We choose the clothes we wear according to the season, so why shouldn't we do the same with our bedding? Changing from winter to summer bed linen can not only help you get a good night’s sleep, but also has added health benefits.
Why should we change our bed linen in the summer?
Summer bed linen is specially adapted to the hot temperatures and allows your body to breathe under the duvet. The sleeping environment in our bed and bedroom play an important role when it comes to the quality of our sleep and there are many reasons for this:
During sleep, a person loses at least one litre of sweat per night. In the summer, some people certainly lose much more than a litre. So, if we don’t change them for ten years, which adds up to 30,000 hours of sleep, our mattress and bed linen absorb up to 1800 litres of sweat.
Another reason why we sleep better and more peacefully in summer bedding is our body’s daily rhythm. Our inner clock is influenced by our body temperature. Our body temperature rises continuously from the early morning until the afternoon, and slowly decreases towards the evening.
Our body temperature fluctuates up to half a degree throughout the course of the day. Many people therefore become tired towards the afternoon and have a hard time concentrating. At around 5 o'clock in the morning, our body temperature reaches its lowest point.
The cooling of our body triggers this feeling of tiredness. Experts and doctors therefore advise that we maintain our room temperatures between 15 and a maximum of 20 degrees at night. Cool temperatures ensure that we fall asleep faster and get a peaceful and restful sleep.
In the summer, however, this can quickly become a problem, as temperatures sometimes exceed 20 degrees at night. Summer bedding is thus ideal for hot summer nights.
When should I change from winter to summer bed linen?
When to make the switch from winter to summer bedding depends on your sleeping habits and the temperature outside. If you sleep with your window open, you can certainly keep your winter bedding a little longer.
As soon as the temperature inside your bedroom exceeds 15 degrees at night, you should consider changing to summer bedding. Bedding material made for summer is very light and helps cool your body down at night.
Bed linen should generally be changed every two weeks; in the summer, you should wash it every week. If you tend to sweat a lot at night, you should wash your bed linen often and air it out well.
Warmth and moisture also attract mites, which can multiply in your bedding. Mites feel most comfortable in warm temperatures and with a lot of humidity. An air humidity of 60 to 80% and temperatures above 22 degrees are optimal for mites, which is why they thrive in the summer months.
Since mite concentration in mattresses and bedding reaches its peak in autumn, it is advisable to change from summer to winter bedding. Inhaling the mite allergens can cause health problems such as chronic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, shortness of breath and atopic eczema (neurodermatitis).
Even if you do not suffer from any symptoms now, prolonged exposure to dust mites can cause allergies over time.
Summer bedding material: Which fabrics are best suited?
With many fabrics, it is not only the material itself but also the workmanship of the material that determines whether they are suitable as summer or winter bed linen. The structure and thickness of the fabrics used is important here; therefore, light fabrics are more suitable for summer and thick, brushed fabrics for winter.
Thin and smooth fabrics with a low weight have a fine-pored structure and can therefore absorb moisture more quickly and transfer it to the outside air. In addition, smooth fibres are able to regulate the temperature under the duvet better, which is why they are better at preventing heat accumulation.
The surface structure of the fabric is also crucial when choosing the right summer bedding: fine fabrics can store less heat and therefore have a pleasantly cool feel against the skin. When choosing summer bedding material, you should always choose natural fabrics, as they are more breathable than synthetic fabrics.
Here you will find an overview of all the important points to consider when buying summer bedding:
- fine, smooth structures have a cooling effect on the skin
- natural fibres can absorb moisture better than synthetic fibres
- your bed linen should be breathable
- high-quality bed linen can regulate the temperature and prevent heat build-up
- as an allergy sufferer, you should choose hypoallergenic materials
What advantages do natural substances have over synthetic ones?
In addition to the positive properties described above, natural substances have another advantage: they are sustainable and have a smaller impact on the environment. Synthetic substances are made from crude oil and can’t be recycled.
When growing normal cotton, a great deal of water is typically expended and toxic pesticides are also used. This is why you should make sure that your bedding is made of pure organic cotton when you buy your summer bedding. Instead of chemical insecticides, natural means are used. Organic cotton is not only kinder to the environment, but also gentler on the skin.
The following organic materials are suitable for summer bedding material:
Summer bed linen from Zizzz
At Zizzz, of course we offer bed linens which are ideal for those hot summer nights. Our bed linens are made from breathable, GOTS-certified organic cotton. Our duvets and pillows are also made from natural materials that are produced here in Europe.
The elastic band makes it extremely easy to pull the sheets over the mattress. They offer a very stable hold and do not slip due to the clever design. Fitted sheets can protect your mattress from dirt and moisture and thus prevent the spread of mites or bacteria.
Percale and satin fitted sheets are best suited for the summer. Percale is a densely woven and fine-threaded cotton fabric. The weave makes percale extremely hard-wearing and particularly durable. Percale can circulate air very well and absorbs a lot of moisture.
Satin is produced with an elaborate weave and impresses with its elegant look and shine. In the summer, satin has a cooling effect on the skin and ensures a relaxed and balanced sleep.
We also use only pure natural materials in the production of our pillowcases. That is why our pillowcases are also made of satin and percale. Our cotton is GOTS-certified and biodegradable.
As many people sweat from their head at night, you should make sure that the pillow case can absorb sweat. Satin and percale fulfil these tasks perfectly.
Matching our pillowcases and fitted sheets, our duvet covers are of course also available in the same colours in percale and satin. With a satin or percale duvet cover, we do our absolute best to guarantee 100% sleeping comfort in the summer. Our high-quality bed linen will make it easier for you to fall asleep and sleep through the night.
Zizzz wishes you a good and restful night!