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Picking Seasonal Bed Sheets

By Malcolm Rivers

Weather can dictate a lot. The temperature and other meteorological factors can control much of what we do. If the weather is hot we'll wear less, spend money on cooling down through air conditioning or fans, or just hydrate excessively. When the weather is cold we'll spend an extra 20 minutes in a warming a car up and risk going to work late for a comfortable trip.

Given how important sleep is and how sensitive we can be to temperature during REM sleep, it's important to keep our body temperatures adjusting for the weather. One way to adjust for the weather is by changing sheets based on the season.

Winter Sheets

Winter is colder than summer or spring. Duh. However, many people end up adding several comforters or blankets to accommodate the winter temperatures rather than just adjusting their sheets. Adjusting sheets gives more flexibility and requires less layers. Winters sheets should be made of wool, thick cotton or some other heavier material. Sheets made of these materials will allow you to use the sheets or the sheets combined with the comforter for versatile and adjustable levels of warmth.

The thread count of sheets can influence the degree that they let air in. Higher thread count sheets, known for their extravagant nature, restrict airflow, which makes them more useful for colder weather. To figure out whether a set of sheets would be comfortable during the colder months, its useful to check the thickness of the sheets and check the material. It may be worth trying out some sheets of higher thread counts if you find that cold air is more easily blowing through.

Spring and Summer Sheets

Spring and summer sheets should be light and comfortable. Thin cotton or other materials that don't retain heat are the best idea for sheets during the hotter months. These materials will let in air more easily and will not keep the heat between the sheets, which will prevent you from overheating and becoming uncomfortable. You can, however, use winter sheets, without covering yourself; though the coarseness and thickness of these types of sheets can make them uncomfortable in the heat.

Lower thread count sheets with lighter materials made of natural fibers are more breathable, lighter, and easier to bear in the hotter months. Using these types of sheets can lead to less twisting and turning due to the temperatures during these months. When the weather heats up people can sweat as much as one full pint during sleep so use these tips to keep your bed clean, comfortable, and dry.

Keep in mind that these are just some ideas about how to use your sheets to keep comfortable under different conditions and in different seasons. As always, do your own research when considering how to keep yourself sleeping comfortable during different seasons. Good luck and sleep well!

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