One of the most effective and most elegant of ways to regulate body temperature at night is to invest 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 and wick away moisture. The same rings true for cotton bedding (take a look at Albertine).
All this effort will go to waste though if the other aspects of your bed are made using synthetic materials. Unlike synthetics which will trap heat and moisture, opting for duvets, pillows and mattresses (like our Barrington or Highclere) made using wool or cotton will add to the breath-ability of linen bed sheets.
If you’re the sort who struggles to not have the weight of a duvet over you at night, be sure to also 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 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 (by which time it’s not so cool).
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, or one of those wheat bags you’d normally heat in the microwave. Then, a couple of hours later, pad your way to bed with your very own ice pack.