September 11, 2017

Four Tips to Find the Perfect Comforter for Winter Warmth

When changing weather prompts you to refresh your wardrobe, that’s a signal it’s also time to dress your bed in different threads. While cooler temperatures typically means more layers, it’s important to choose the right bedding to keep you warm and comfortable without waking up sweaty. Here are four important considerations to help you create a cozy bedroom for restful nightly hibernation.

Understand Your Body's Thermal Regulation

An ideal sleep climate relies on maintaining a moderate relative humidity under the covers. Especially since we all release different amounts of heat from our bodies during the night, bedding is a personal choice. To help create your perfect sleep sanctuary, it is beneficial to understand your typical sleeping habits and preferences as well as how your bed—from the mattress beneath you to the comforter you pull over you—react to your body's natural temperature during the night!

perfect blanket for comfortable winter sleep

Materials Make a Difference

Whether you tend to sleep hot or sleep cold, opt for breathable bedding materials to help support sound sleep. The fabrics commonly used for comforters each have their own pros and cons:

  • Down is a natural lightweight material that scrunches easily for a cozy cocoon-like feeling. It’s also durable (with proper care) and easily compressed for practical seasonal storage. But, quality down can be expensive; and some people have allergic reactions to it. It’s also important to note that down releases excess warmth and moisture at a relatively slow rate, which means it can trap the heat released from your body. Down is a great choice for those who feel like they’re always cold. But, avoid (or replace) down comforters if you find yourself waking up hot and sweaty in the middle of the night.
  • Wool fibers are known for exceptional thermal regulation. Wool helps release and evaporate excess heat and moisture consistently so you stay warm and dry while you sleep. Wool blankets come in different weights, so opt for thinner or thicker depending on whether you’re usually hot or cold (respectively) at night. And, when not in use, remember to store it properly to protect it from pests like moths. Although a quality wool comforter can be on the pricey side, it’s worth the investment for good nights’ sleep.
  • Synthetic bed linens can be a good choice for those who are budget conscious or have sensitivities to animal-derived fibers. Fabrics like Lyocell and Tencel are breathable and hypoallergenic; but they tend to provide less warmth for their weight. So synthetic options are best suited for those with moderate body temperature at night.

Construction Counts

Once you decide which type of fabric is best suited to your natural sleeping temperature, remember that not all blankets are made the same—even if they are cut from the same cloth. For example, quilting greatly influences thermal insulation of down comforters: look for those with internal dividers because the sewn-in tapes help prevent “cold zones” by keeping the down filling evenly distributed and enhance the fluffiness by creating separate the upper and lower layers. Also remember to look at the construction details to know if or what other fibers may be used. Avoid wool duvets that have synthetic interliners that will interfere with the thermal regulation. Regardless of which fabric you choose, evaluate quality by checking for sturdy stitching, consistent coloration and a suitable smell.

Size Matters

The ideal blanket should be around 8 inches longer than your height. For anyone under 5’9”, a good standard size is 66" x 86". Or opt for an oversized bedspread if you or your partner are taller.

Ultimately, choosing a comforter follows the same rules to creating the ultimate sleep system: determine what fits best for your individual needs and invest in the best you can get. Because the quality of your bedding is typically directly correlated to the quality of your sleep. 

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