One of the most effective and most elegant of ways to regulate body temperature at night, is by investing in bed linen that allows the air to circulate – allowing the warmth to escape rather than being burrowed under the covers with you. And the clue is in the name – bed linen. Pure linen bedding, like our Edith collection, is made entirely from natural flax fibres that, once spun into linen yarn, promises pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers that will help your bed and your body to breathe. The same rings true for cotton bedding (take a look at Albertine), which also wicks moisture away from your body, keeping you more comfortable still.
If you are the sort who struggles to not have the weight of a duvet over you at night, be sure to at least switch to a summer quilt with a lower tog. A lighter weight option still would be to use a top sheet (as is custom in a bed’s daily make-up in countries like Australia and America) so that you can peel the duvet away and still have a cover over you as you drift off. A flat sheet works just as well here, helpfully trapping cool air in, and also means you can benefit from the bedding-in-the-freezer trick that’s so often recommended. It’s far easier to slip in a single sheet into the freezer than taking off your duvet’s cover, finding room for that amidst the tubs of ice cream, before wrestling it back over your quilt.
If you’re still in dire straits, open up the freezer drawer once more, but this time nestle next to the frozen peas a hot water bottle filled with cold water and a few cubes of ice. Then pad your way to bed with your very own cashmere-covered ice pack.