What Is a Summer Weight Duvet?
Remember the heat wave of summer 2022? Phew, that was a stiflingly hot and uncomfortable summer!
At Bedding Comfort Store, we know we couldn’t have gotten through those boiling hot nights without our trusty summer duvets. That is why we recommend switching out your current duvet for a lighter option for those warmer months.
But exactly what is a summer duvet? We will outline everything you need to know about summer duvets, which we hope you find useful.
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What is a summer duvet?
So, what is a summer duvet? A summer duvet is a lightweight, breathable duvet, designed to keep you cool during hot summer nights, without compromising on the coverage you need to keep warm. The fabric is usually moisture-wicking, which means it naturally wicks sweat away from you as you sleep, thus allowing you to sleep comfortably.
Imagine having a thick, heavy duvet, which got you through a bitterly cold winter, but waking up on a swelteringly hot July morning. That winter duvet would be absolutely no good for the summer season: you would feel overly hot, stuffy and sweaty.
That is why it is wise to switch to a summer duvet when the temperature gets warmer.
Where can I buy a summer duvet?
Now you know what is a summer duvet, are you wondering where you can buy one?
Ranging from 1.0 to 4.5 Tog, our Summer Duvets will keep you cool during those muggy nights while offering the warmth you need at night.
Summer Duvet for Heat Wave Weather
It’s safe to say that we might experience another intense heat wave in the summer of 2023, thanks to the effects of climate change.
Last summer, temperatures soared as high as 40.3C in the UK, making it the hottest summer ever recorded.
To keep yourself cool in the event of another heat wave, why not go for our Quality Soft Touch Anti-Allergenic Summer Duvet (1.5 Tog)? This duvet is extremely cool and airy, with a soft microfibre cover, so you don’t even need a duvet cover!
We tested this duvet out when the temperature was at its muggiest, and we are pleased to report that we slept peacefully throughout the night!
No need to worry about dust mites and pesky allergens clogging up your sinuses, because this duvet is hypoallergenic, anti-mite and anti-bacterial.
Click here to shop our Quality Soft Touch Anti-Allergenic Summer Duvet (1.5 Tog).
Summer Duvet for Night Sweats
Blisteringly hot summers can trigger night sweats. But night sweats can also happen for medical reasons such as menopause, hyperhidrosis, anxiety, taking certain medications, or low blood sugar.
If you or a family member experience night sweats, then we recommend our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable Summer Duvet (1.5 Tog).
This duvet is washable up to 90°C, so it is super easy to clean and take care of. It is lightweight and extremely breathable, which makes it ideal for those uncomfortably hot nights.
The materials in this duvet are naturally hypoallergenic, but we have gone one step further by treating the duvet for anti-allergy, anti-mite and anti-bacteria for superior hygiene.
Click here to shop our Luxury Hotel Collection Supremely Washable Summer Duvet (1.5 Tog).
Summer Duvet for Moderate Heat
You know those British summer days where it is lovely and warm enough for ice cream, but the evening brings a slightly chilly breeze?
Well, for those nights, you could do with a duvet which offers a good balance of keeping you cool, but still insulated enough against the cold.
For such an occasion, our Virgin Egyptian Cotton Summer Duvet (4.5 Tog) is an excellent option.
With its luxury high-thread cotton cover, this duvet feels absolutely divine on the skin during the summer. The cotton yarns are tightly woven together, which makes it a dream to sleep on.
Click here to shop our Virgin Egyptian Cotton Summer Duvet (4.5 Tog).
How do I stay cool at night during the summer?
Here are some tips you can use to help you cool down at night during those blisteringly hot summers:
- Choose lightweight, breathable bedding materials and pyjamas, such as cotton and linen. These are naturally breathable, cooling, and moisture-wicking, making them a safe choice for people who sweat a lot at night.
- Invest in a cooling mattress topper, to reduce the temperature of the surface of your bed.
- Use one or more fans to circulate cold air into your bedroom.
- Place a bowl of ice in front of a standing fan, to make the fan breeze even cooler.
- If you have a ceiling fan in your bedroom, make sure it is turning in the correct direction, so you feel the gentle breeze.
- Open your bedroom windows, if it is cold outside, to let a gentle breeze waft into your bedroom. Don’t open your windows if the weather is suffocatingly hot, as this will encourage the heat to enter your room.
- If the weather is really hot, close your bedroom curtains during the day, to keep the heat and sunlight out. Blackout curtains are great for blocking sunlight during the summer months.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, to stay hydrated and replace the electrolytes lost through sweating.
- Try not to let pets sleep on your bed with you, because this can make you feel hotter at night.
- Refrain from exercising just before bed, as you don’t want to fall asleep feeling flushed and sweaty from the exercise.
- Keep hot electronics (such as your hairdryer, hair straightener and laptop) out of your bed.
- Take a cool shower before bed, to lower your body temperature.
- Apply ice packs to your skin, or dab a wet towel to your skin to cool you down.
- Avoid eating very spicy or heavy meals before bed, because the food that require more effort to digest are thought to generate more body heat.
- Eat cold meals during the day, rather than turning on the oven or hob.
- Cut down on caffeine and alcohol, as these can trigger more sweating.
- Don’t wear tight, restrictive clothing, with poor airflow.
- Speak to your doctor if your night sweats are worsening, or not improving over time. There may be an underlying medical issue which needs addressing.
What duvet is best for children?
For children over the age of 3, we recommend a duvet between 4.5 togs and 8 togs, depending on the season. Choose a duvet on the lower end of the tog scale rating for the summer season.
As your children grow older, you may have to adjust and swap out their bedding, so that they are comfortable throughout all seasons. Look for the following criteria in each duvet:
- Machine washable duvets will be ideal, as your child’s bed will be prone to accidents and spillages.
- A soft, lightweight duvet will be comfortable for the skin and prevent your child from overheating.
- A hypoallergenic duvet is a wonderful option for children, to prevent dust mites, bacteria and mould from entering their systems and help relieve them of sniffles and allergies.
Children who are 3 years old or over should have a duvet with a tog rating of 4.5 or less. Young kids need a light duvet because they cannot yet regulate their body temperature.
Click here to shop our collection of Nursery Bedding, where we offer a range of bed accessories to give your child the best night’s sleep.
How often should you replace a duvet?
If you want the expert’s opinion, the Sleep Council say duvets should be replaced every five years. This is just based on standard bedding, so if you invest in a premium duvet product, the lifespan is likely to be even longer.
You should wash your duvet at least twice a year. While your duvet cover, bedsheets and pillowcases should be washed once a week.
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