Imagine yourself on a hot night this summer, curled up on your bed of satin sheets, reading the latest steamy novel, a box of decadent chocolate truffles by your side. Just perfect. Somehow flannel sheets just don’t work in that scenario.
Beyond their reputation for passion, sensuality and opulence, satin sheets also have a practical side. They work well all year round, but they are especially nice in the warmth of summer. Satin is the ultimate cool material, perfect for hot, sticky nights.
Here is a look at why satin sheets are the best choice for keeping you cool in the warmer months, and expert tips for making your entire bedroom comfortable on the hottest nights.
Why Is Satin Good for Summer?
Using the right sheets can make getting sleep on summer nights much easier. Silk satin sheets are breathable, cool and smooth even during hot weather. Here is a look at how satin sheets can assure you of a good night’s rest.
Breath-ability. According to the Huffington Post, natural fibers have the best breath-ability, helping to wick away moisture. Silk has what is called hygroscopic fibers, which are able to absorb 33% of their weight in moisture and still feel dry. And even damp silk dries quickly in the air. This is important because, according to sleep studies, the average person can sweat up to a pint of moisture in a single summer night.
Silk satin is the most luxurious of the natural fibers and it also helps to regulate your body’s temperature. When you feel cool during the night, you sleep better.
Lightweight. Silk is one of the lightest of all fabrics. It gently drapes evenly over your body, much like a tent. It allows enough circulation to keep you cool. Heavy sheets, duvets and blankets do just the opposite. They sit heavily on your body, hitting certain pressure points. The result is a hot night, lots of perspiring and little sleep.
Lots of colors. White and light colors work best for your sheets during the summer. They reflect back the light that pours in through your bedroom windows. This is better than dark colors, which absorb the light, heating up the sheets. Since satin sheets come in a wide range of colors, both light and dark, you can choose the appropriate hue for each season, as well as for your décor.
Cool feel. The glossy look of satin sheets is matched by their cool feel on your body, even in hot weather. Satin made with silk is thermo-regulating, meaning it keeps your body at a comfortable temperature naturally. If night sweats are a problem at any time of the year, silk is the fabric to sleep in.
To make it even nicer during the hottest days, pull back the top sheet, turning on the air conditioner and let it run for awhile before bedtime. This actually makes your bed feel chilled when you hit the sack.
Anti-allergenic. Scientists are entirely sure why, but few people are allergic to silk. And satin sheets made with silk don’t use allergy-causing chemicals in the manufacturing process, which increases the risk of unhealthy reactions. In addition, the fabric has natural properties that fight off fungus, dust mites and mold, all serious allergens.
Anti-tangle. When you use satin sheets in summer, your hair is less likely to tangle. And in fact, this is true of the sheets as a whole, which seldom tangle around your body. Tangling is what you want to avoid. When sheets do wrap around your body, they trap heat, which leads to sweating.
What Are Other Ways to Keep Cool on Summer Nights?
Satin sheets are the perfect first step for a summer’s worth of comfortable sleeping. To keep your entire bedroom cool, air conditioners are the easiest solution.
But they aren’t always available. If that’s the case in your bedroom, don’t despair! To make your bedroom cooler, here are tips from hot weather experts that work even without air conditioning.
- Invest in a hot water bottle. In summer, fill it three-quarters full with cold water. Then stick it in the freezer for a few hours. You will have the perfect ice pack, made for the bed, to keep you cool all night long.
- If you have ceiling fans, make the most of it. Be sure to adjust the controls so the blades move counter-clockwise. This helps to pull heated air up, out of your bed area. Otherwise, it simply moves the hot air around your bed and the rest of the room.
- Use ice. Buy ice from the grocery store. Or fill old milk cartons with water and freeze. Use these for a D-I-Y air conditioner by putting a big pan of ice in front of your box fan. The breeze will gather the cooling from the ice and spread it around the room. And the breeze it makes will pick up cold moisture from the melting water, adding a cool mist to your bedroom.
- Use cross breezes. If you have more than one fan, set them up blowing in different directions. This will create cross breezes that add to the chill in the room.
- Wear the right PJs. Summer isn’t the time for thick, tight pajamas. Choose loose, soft cotton, just a shirt and shorts, or your underwear.
- Keep your feet bare. There are numerous pulse points in your feet, so they are very sensitive to temperature. Don’t wear socks to bed.
- Use rice and buckwheat pillows. Make the most of your satin pillowcase by using it on pillows filled with these grains. They don’t absorb heat like cotton or down.
- Turn off all lights and electronics. Light bulbs add heat to a room. Electronics can keep you active and moving around in the bed. This increases your activity level and the chances for sweating. Just try to go to sleep.
Enjoy summer with satin sheets, the perfect solution for comfortable sleep on hot nights. They are an excellent investment in relaxed, deep sleep and your overall health.