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Hot Sleepers in SA: Top Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
Hot Sleepers in SA: Top Tips and Mistakes to Avoid
You had been looking forward to a peaceful night’s sleep after a long, tiring day. Now, it’s 2 hours after going to bed and you’re still rolling around, battling to get comfortable because no matter what you do, you feel hot and just can’t seem to drift off to sleep.
This scenario plays out in many South African homes and it’s not only because of the warm African weather. Hot sleeping is a common problem across the globe and unfortunately few people know about the easy solutions that are only a click away.
Let’s break it down.
Why are You Sleeping Hot?
The answer to why you sleep hot is not a short one because there are multiple factors determining how warm or cold you feel at night. If you’re on a mission to improve sleep by no longer sleeping hot, prepare yourself for an interesting journey of self-discovery through a process of elimination.
Consider the following and where possible adjust one factor at a time to see if you can get more comfortable at night.
Genes and Gender
You may naturally have the predisposition to feel hotter at night than others. Also, men and women differ in how they experience their sleep environment, which is why you may sleep hotter than your partner who is in the same bed.
The sleeping environment you create plays an important role since your body responds to that space throughout the night. Is the temperature in the room too high? Is there some airflow to ensure fresh air is available to circulate and cool down the room? In a stuffy room, you’ll feel hotter compared to sleeping in a well-ventilated area.
Clothing and Bedding
Your clothes and bedding affect air circulation close to your body. If you pick the wrong fabrics, there won’t be an opportunity for ventilation. Also, any fabric that keeps moisture—sweat—trapped close to the body will result in more discomfort.
Inside Your Body
Hormones and medication can affect your body’s responses at night. For example, a high body temperature can be a result of menopause or a pharmaceutical product that affects normal thermoregulation.
4 Ways Bedding Can Save the Day for Hot Sleepers
Your choice of home bedding is more important than you think, especially if you’re a hot sleeper. Consider the following when picking out everything from your bed sheets to a duvet inner.
The extent to which your bedding, such as bed sheets and duvet inners, allow for airflow, directly impacts how hot you sleep. You need breathable fabrics that will allow hot air next to your body to escape and allow fresh, cooler air to flow in.
The type of fibre plays a role in how breathable fabric is because even the shape of fibres can affect whether there are enough gaps to allow air to move through. Also, while a tight weave is great for quality, an extremely high thread count that creates a very tight weave will block some of the air trying to get through.
A major frustration for hot sleepers is waking up feeling sweaty. Your bedding can help manage this problem if it has moisture-wicking capabilities. This means it will absorb the moisture, so it doesn’t stay on your skin, and channel it towards the other side of the fabric.
Moisture wicking keeps you dry throughout the night and prevents a too humid environment under the sheets.
While heat and moisture are the major challenges for hot sleepers, overall comfort is important too because it affects how quickly you’ll fall asleep and whether you’ll enjoy quality rest. To achieve this you need home bedding that creates an inviting environment, such as comfortable duvet inners with bed sheets and duvet covers that are soft and non-abrasive, so they don’t irritate your skin.
The softness and comfort of bedding will depend on multiple factors:
- Natural fibres like the ones found in all cotton sheets are soft with a luxurious feel and they can even soften over time.
- Thread count tells you how the fibres are packed together, with a high rating meaning it will be softer to the touch.
- Durable fabrics are less likely to fray and irritate the skin.
Also, consider the softness and puffy feel of your duvet inner. A quality duvet inner that helps simulate sleeping in a cloud may be what you need to feel comfortable when you get into bed, so you drift off to sleep much easier.
A lightweight duvet is a better buy than a heavy one because the latter will reduce the ease of movement. When you start feeling hot you’ll find it cumbersome to adjust your position to find some relief. Being more difficult to lift off your body, heavier bedding will also reduce airflow.
When you browse Comfy’s collections you’ll find duvet inners and bed sheets that have helpful features in all four important categories mentioned above.
Common Mistakes that Cause Night Sweats
Do you see some of your habits listed below? It could be the reason why you feel so hot at night:
- Opening room windows during the day: although windows let in fresh air, this also allows more heat inside the room during the day, which will affect you at night.
- Pets sleeping with you on the bed: their body heat will make you feel hotter than you already are.
- Not drinking water before heading to bed: your body needs to be hydrated to regulate your temperature.
- Lack of a healthy sleep routine: taking naps during the day and not going to bed at a regular time can make it even more difficult to fall asleep if other factors aren’t in your favour.
- Drinking coffee or alcohol close to bedtime: a stimulant like caffeine can make it more difficult to fall asleep.
- Lying in bed for long periods trying to fall asleep: don’t increase frustration by waiting to fall asleep. If sleep won’t come, get up but keep light levels low and do something to relax, like meditation or deep breathing.
- Exercising too late in the day: exercise raises the body’s temperature.
- Eating spicy food before going to bed: your body may react to spicy food by sweating more than usual.
Is Hot Sleeping Genetic?
Multiple factors determine your comfort at night but there is a chance that genetics can play a role. For example, if high metabolism, hyperhidrosis or hyperactivity runs in the family, experts believe you can experience night sweats more easily.
Can I stop Being a Hot Sleeper?
Yes, many people can stop feeling excessively hot at night. Because elements in your environment, such as your room and bed, play important roles in your comfort at night, it’s often possible to reduce how hot you feel by making small adjustments to the room, your clothing, your mattress or your bedding.
What Type of Bedding is Best for Hot Sleepers?
Various natural fibres are beneficial for hot sleepers. Experts advise hot sleepers to try cotton bedding such as all cotton sheets or a cotton duvet cover over a duvet inner. Linen products and bamboo fabrics can also offer more comfort for hot sleepers. The types of fibres are breathable and will absorb moisture to reduce the effect of night sweats. The fabrics are also lightweight.
Down vs Down Alternative: What’s Best for Hot Sleeping?
A down duvet inner is a smart bedding option for hot sleepers because it has many gaps in between the down feathers. This allows for good ventilation, helping to keep hot sleepers more comfortable. A down alternative duvet inner with synthetic fibres is also fairly breathable though, so if you have allergies, you can consider this option.
Must You Wash Bedding After Night Sweats?
To maintain a hygienic sleeping environment it’s best to wash bed sheets and duvet covers more often if you’re prone to having night sweats. Experts advise homeowners to wash bed sheets every 2 weeks at least, but hot sleepers can adjust their schedule to clean bedding once a week. You’re bound to feel more comfortable, knowing that your home bedding is clean, which can help you fall asleep faster.
Comfy can Help Make Hot Nights More Comfortable
Ready to make the right home bedding decisions and prevent nighttime tossing and turning? There are multiple ways Comfy can help:
- Our duvet inner range offers breathable home bedding. You also have the luxury of picking between down and down alternative, with the latter being ideal for any hot sleeper that also has allergies.
- In our bed sheets and duvet sets range you’ll find different collections, all containing cotton fibres. With soft cotton being breathable and non-abrasive, your new flat sheets or fitted sheets can be all you need to instantly upgrade your sleeping environment.
- Going to bed relaxed already increases your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. So, take a relaxing bath and wrap yourself in one of the luxurious Comfy bath towels before getting ready for bed.
With our range of colours, any bedroom can look stunning and feel more comfortable after a Comfy upgrade. And it only takes a few clicks to order your home bedding set today.