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.
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!
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:
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.
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.