Summertime and the livin’ is easy’but it’s the sleeping that isn’t so breezy with warm temperatures and more daylight.
While our bodies are hardwired to slide into sleep when it’s cooler, this can be hard when it’s hot and even harder if you add humidity into the mix too.
Robert Lancaster Gaye, co-founder of luxury linen brand, Tielle Love Luxury, supplies the world’s finest five-star hotels with luxury bed linen.
Here, he shares his top tips for a restful summer slumber…
Cotton is King
According to Robert, cotton has a natural beauty and luxe factor that 5* hotels love.
“It’s also one of the most breathable fabrics, cleverly wicking moisture away from the skin,” he explains.
“Helping to keep the body cool on warm days yet warm on cool days, some sleeping beauties prefer the feel of cotton percale in summer as it’s cool and crisp on the skin.”
Swap your duvet
The bed linen expert notes that the higher the tog rating, the warmer the duvet.
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“Most luxury hotels use a natural filled 10.5 tog duvet to get the right weight, look and feel for their hotel,” Robert reveals.
“However, most hotel rooms have perfect temperature control, so for hot summer nights, a good quality 4.5 tog down or luxury microfibre quilt is ideal.”
Keep it simple
Robert suggests that if you’re prone to night sweats and tired of fighting with your bedclothes, try swapping your duvet for layers of easily removable cool, crisp sheets.
“Also, get rid of blankets on the bed and store them in breathable cotton storage bags or rolled up in cotton sheets,” he says.
“Sweaty plastic or non-breathable bags can cause mildew to form.”
During the heat, Robert also warns to steer clear of polyester.
“It is another common type of easy-to-wash bedding fabric, but this man-made fiber won’t repel or absorb moisture, making you more likely to sweat, especially in higher temperatures,” he explains.
keep it cool
Robert advises: “During the day, draw the (black out) curtains or blinds to keep the sun out and make sure you close the windows to keep the hot air out.”
As you go to bed, open all the windows to get a through breeze.”
Keep it natural
Naturally filled duvets and pillows make for the best night’s sleep because they breathe more easily, says Robert.
“Try Tielle Love Luxury’s Eco Pillow, a hotel quality pillow crafted from recycled plastic bottles and blended with Tencel®, a botanical fibre,” he advises.
They are non-allergenic, machine washable and breathable, thanks to the natural cellulose fibers inside, which keeps you cool and dry whilst you sleep.”
Tip top summer
Robert explains that using a feather and down mattress topper will assist in keeping your bed cool at night.
“It will have the same cooling effect as a feather duvet and is loved by our friends at The Savoy,” he says.
“The feathers and down wick away moisture keeping you cooler, plus all of our toppers are made with cotton casing which is cooler than polyester.”
Wash your linen
With dust mites favoring warmer temperatures, Robert highlights the importance of washing your linen more frequently than you might at cooler times of the year.
“Air dry in the gorgeous summer sun when possible to reduce static cling,” he adds.
Be kind to yourself
“Be careful with alcohol, caffeine and late-night meals,” the bed linen expert says. “They can all take time to digest, disrupting your body’s natural sleep patterns.”
If you really struggle, have a cup of chamomile tea before bed – its calming effects are believed to reduce anxiety and initiate sleep.”
Roberts points out that tour sleep position may also be making you warmer.
“Maybe it’s time to try sleeping with your arms and legs spread out, which helps to release your body heat, instead of retaining it,” he says.