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How to Find the Best Cooling Bed Sheets for Hot Sleepers

Do you tend to get sweaty while you sleep? If so, maybe your bedsheets are to blame. Here's how to find the best cooling bed sheets for hot sleepers.

If you wake up sweaty, sleep hot, or struggle to stay asleep, you could be using the wrong sheets. 

When we sleep, our body's temperature decreases, which emits heat into the sheets surrounding us. Many materials retain this heat, making us too warm.

We're providing you with recommendations for the best cooling sheets for hot sleepers so you can get the peaceful sleep you need. 

We'll discuss the best sheets for staying cool in the warmer months and what to look for when choosing quality sheets. No more guessing about what materials or thread counts are the best options for you. 

Get the peaceful night’s sleep you’ve been craving with our recommendations for the best cooling sheets for hot sleepers.

Where to Start

When finding the best sheets to help you stay cool, the first consideration should be material. Next, you’ll want to know the thread count or Grams per Square Metre (GSM) before investing in high-quality sheets.

Quality Materials

There are a lot of options when it comes to sheets for hot sleepers. However, finding the right material will help provide the best sleeping experience. 

Linen and cotton are often the go-to choices for hot sleepers. Both provide water-wicking properties to help absorb moisture to keep you cool.

Thread Count

When choosing cotton sheets, pay close attention to the thread count. The ideal thread count for sheets is between 200 to 400. Higher thread count, especially those in the 1,000 range and higher, can be misleadingly elevated and don't necessarily signify higher quality.

When selecting linen, since it is a completely natural fibre- and therefore renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable- it’s rated in grams per square metre (GSM). The higher the GSM, the heavier the fabric. Skylark+Owl’s Linen collection has a GSM of 150, ensuring lightness + breathability!

Best Cooling Bed Sheets for Hot Sleepers

Linen Sheets

Linen sheets are a go-to for those who tend to sleep hot. As a breathable, airy material, linen is a great pick for those who usually need a little extra help regulating their temperature and staying cool.

What are Linen Sheets?

Linen bed sheets are made of fabric derived from the flax plant. Linen is a textured fabric that softens over time and is known as a superior sheet for cooling and reliability. 

Remarkably lightweight, linen is more durable than its closest counterpart, cotton, due to the tighter wrapped thread fibres. 

Benefits of Linen Sheets

Linen sheets have multiple benefits — the biggest being highly durable construction that is great at wicking heat, offers a cooler feeling.

Linen sheets are a durable fabric that gets softer over time. It offers an effortless, relaxed look making them the perfect ‘Instagram-worthy’ addition to your bedroom oasis.

Other Linen Bed Accessories

If you think you’ll still be hot while you sleep, pair your linen sheets with a linen duvet cover. Made from the same flax fibres as the bedsheets, and just as soft and durable, a linen duvet cover helps you stay cool by not trapping in body heat. 

To stay cool without getting too cold, consider layering down further by swapping out your duvet insert for a duvet blanket.

Linen Sheet Care

Linen sheets might require a little extra TLC, but it’s worth it — as when cared for the right way, they can last a long time. 

It’s recommended to wash linen with a mild detergent and warm water and hang them to dry or tumble dry them on low heat. Always wash linen sheets alone (or with similar fabric in similar colours), and trust that they’ll continue to soften the more they’re slept on and washed. Slight shrinkage may occur after the first wash, Skylark+Owl’s linen sheets are oversized to accommodate shrinkage.

Percale Sheets

Percale sheets are another option for hot sleepers. Percale is made from cotton, which is a great material for breathability. If you find you want to stay cool at night in the warmer months, percale is a great option.

What are Percale Sheets?

Percale refers to the technique used to weave the material into a fabric. The percale weave is a tight weave, which accounts for the soft and smooth yet crisp feel. Percale sheets are great bedsheets to stay cool because of this unique design.

Benefits of Percale Sheets

Egyptian cotton is known for its moisture-wicking properties and optimal airflow. So, not only do our percale sheets breathe easily, the Egyptian cotton makes for a soft and luxurious experience.

The high-quality material helps to prevent pilling, which can lead to sheets feeling rough. In addition, frequent washing will help to make these sheets softer, not weaker.

Other Percale Bed Accessories 

If you are a hot sleeper, you will want more than just a cooling sheet set. Percale is also used for duvet covers. Our duvet covers offer a crisp, cooling feeling and a smooth, matte finish like our sheets. 

Also made with 100% Egyptian cotton, these duvet covers compliment your percale sheet set by keeping you comfortable while you sleep, helping you to stay cool without being cold.

Another highly recommended accessory is a set of percale pillowcases. The majority of sleepers appreciate the feel of a cool pillow. With percale pillowcases, you no longer need to flip your pillow over to continuously experience the cool side.

Percale Sheet Care

Percale sheets are relatively low maintenance as long as you prevent wrinkles. While material-dependent, most percale sheets are machine-washable. 

Be sure to use a gentle cycle with cold water. We also recommend washing them alone. Other clothes increase the risk of staining and tearing.

Finally, we recommend washing your percale sheets weekly. Since percale is durable, there is a low risk of overwashing; they will only become softer with each wash.

Enjoy a Comfortable Sleep

Don't waste another night tossing and turning because you can't keep cool. Now that you have the knowledge, you are ready to purchase the best cooling bed sheets for hot sleepers. 

Skylark+Owl offers a wide selection of luxurious bedding options in a variety of different fabric types, perfect for your home - and your sleep style. Browse our selection of comforts to build your nest.

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