Which Duvet Is Best for Sweating?
What are night sweats?
Having night sweats pretty much just means overly sweating whilst you are asleep. Night sweats can affect anybody and there are many causes of them.
Getting night sweats have been linked with fevers and associated with menopause but ultimately the most common cause of night sweats is unsuitable duvets and sleepwear for the room temperature and/or climate.
They have also been linked to a number of underlying medical conditions although there are so many people who experience them and have no other health conditions.
You can get night sweats no matter how hot or cold the temperature is but they could disappear just by using a lighter duvet.
Night sweats can appear to come on quickly and randomly, leaving you with damp or wet sheets that are in no way comfortable to sleep in.
How can I reduce night sweats?
If you are getting too warm under your duvet it can accuse you to sweat. This can happen no matter what it is filled with, which is why it is essential to make sure that you can find the correct duvet for you.
When you are trying to find your perfect duvet you will definitely want to look at what the tog rating is. This is what is going to make the most difference as to whether or not you will be sweating at night.
The tog rating essentially is what is going to tell you how warm your duvet will be. The higher the tog rating the more heat the duvet will retain and the warmer you will be and the lower the tog rating, the colder the duvet.
In the summer we recommend a tog rating of around 4.5 as this works well for most people. In winter, however, we recommend a tog rating of about 12.0. Of course, if you need to you should go above or below these ratings as is suitable for you.
We also have ‘all-season’ duvets which are a perfect balance between the two to stop you from having to change your duvet with the weather.
How do I stop sweating under my duvet?
Night sweats can stop you from sleeping as well as you should which can be a real problem. You can end up fatigued and exhausted all the time, still unable to get a proper night’s sleep.
It can be a really nasty experience to wake up covered head to toe in sweat and unable to attempt to go back to sleep because your duvet and sheets are wet.
If this is the case for you then you might want to consider getting a new duvet that will prevent this from occurring as much.
What material is best for night sweats?
There are many different types of material used as duvet cover material with the most common being, polyester, polypropylene, cotton and microfibre. The feel of the material of your duvet can make a difference in overheating.
If you are opting for a cotton cover you will want to find something with a thread count between 230 and 300 as this has a much smoother feel than lower thread counts.
There is a variety of different types of cotton and we believe that organic cotton is a wonderful choice as it is certified organic to agricultural standards.
Another great option is polyester. Unlike cotton, it is a synthetic material however you will not need to worry about thread count in the same way. Polyester is a fairly smooth material that is actually even more long-lasting and durable than cotton.
Polyester is also much more inexpensive than cotton. Making it a good alternative.
Polycotton covers (50-50)
50-50 cotton-polyester, otherwise known as polycotton, is a mix that is true to its name. It is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. This makes this material the perfect balance between the two.
The material feels similar to a 230 thread count cotton cover and its durability lands between that of cotton and polyester.
Polypropylene is a plastic polymer that is the least expensive duvet cover material. At Bedding Comfort Store we use teabag variety polypropylene that will last for years even with intensive use.
Soft-touch covers are another name for microfibre covers and this is for a very good reason. Microfibre covers are made using ultra-low pile soft microfibre and has great breathability. It is a particularly smooth material that is almost as durable as polyester and lighter than polyester and cotton.
What duvet filling is best for night sweats?
Duvets fillings can be important in terms of the following:
The fillings you are most likely to come across are microfibre, hollowfibre and down.
This filling is also made from polyester but it is much softer. It is often used as a synthetic substitute for down as it has a very similar feel and qualities to down without triggering allergies and while being cruelty-free.
This type of filling is made using extremely thin stands of polyester that tangle around each other to create padding that is similar to cotton wool.
Hollowfivre is the most versatile, it’s breathable and lightweight, it keeps you warm without added thickness and weight and is naturally hypoallergenic.
This type of filling is simply either one or both goose down and feather and duck down and feather. This filling has been used for a very long time as it is really warm to sleep under.
The downside of this type of filling is that there is animal cruelty to consider alongside the fact that the feathers can escape, triggering allergies if you have them.
What duvet tog rating is best for night sweats?
Ultimatley the best duvet for night sweats is going to be the lowest tog rating.
The lowest tog rating is 1.0 and should definitely not cause you to overheat during the summer months. It is also a great option if you are a sweaty sleeper all year round.
What is the best bedding to prevent night sweats?
In terms of finding the best type of bedding to stop you from sweating too much at night, you also need to consider the material.
Breathability is a massive part of this and will be the most important thing to consider when trying to find a duvet that will make you sweat less. The less breathable the duvet the more you are going to sweat.
You should consider though that a duvet that is too breathable might leave you cold overnight. It is really important to find this balance and not overcorrect.
We have put together for you a list of how breathable each material is from worst to best.
You should note that although polypropylene is breathable and will not necessarily cause you to sweat it is known to cause more clamminess than cotton.
The difference between the breathability of cotton and microfibre is the most obvious on a summer duvet as a cotton cover will keep you much cooler.
We have also put together a list of the breathability of duvet filling from worst to best.
The top two fillings are actually very close with down being left in the dust.
How do you wash a duvet?
Washing your duvet is paramount, especially if you get night sweats. First, though you will need to have a look at the label on your duvet to find out if it is machine washable or if it needs to be washed by hand.
If your duvet is machine washable:
- Before you put it in the washing machine it is a good idea to pre-treat any stains you might have. A good way to do this is by applying distilled vinegar to the stain.
- Put it in the washing machine on its own, on a gentle spin using a warm water setting.
- Once your duvet is washed it will need to be hung out until it is completely dry. You should avoid radiators as this can create moisture and therefore mould in your home.
If your duvet needs to be washed by hand:
- Fill your bath up with warm water and sprinkle in mild laundry detergent.
- Place the duvet into the bathwater.
- Gently knead the duvet with your hands, to clean the dirt away.
- Don’t scrub or wring the duvet harshly, as this can wrinkle the material or damage the filling inside.
- Rinse and repeat as necessary.
- Drain the bathwater and give the duvet a final rinse.
- Roll and un-roll the duvet to squeeze the excess water out.
- Allow the duvet to dry fully, outdoors in the fresh air, before using or storing it.
We hope this article has answered the question ‘Which duvet is best for sweating?’ and that you now have the information you need to find your perfect duvet, If not check out the rest of our blog.