How Temperature Affects Sleep (And What You Can Do to Stay Comfy)

Do you run hot or cold? Tend to sweat or shiver? Regardless of your internal thermostat, the best temperature for most sleepers is between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Contrary to popular opinion though, setting the AC a little lower at night isn’t just about comfort. In fact, ambient temperature can have a significant effect on your ability to sleep soundly. Not only are you likely to fall asleep faster if your core body temp is low, but you’ll also sleep more deeply throughout the night. At Latest Bedding, we’re passionate about providing the bedding you need to rest easy regardless of the weather. Read on to learn more about the effect of temperature and sleep and discover tips for staying cool and cozy year round. 

How Heat Impacts Sleep

If you’ve ever had to sleep in a room without AC in the middle of summer, then you know it’s a recipe for bad sleep. Not only can warm sleeping conditions cause sweating and dehydration, but they can also result in problems with thermoregulation. In other words, the body struggles to maintain a comfortable temperature and therefore achieve the various stages of sleep. For example, when the core is too warm, individuals are likely to experience decreased slow-wave sleep and sleep quality. Similarly, a stark difference between core temperature and extremities temperature can impact sleep efficiency. If you want to spend more time in healthy, restorative REM sleep, maintaining the right temperature at night is a crucial step. 

While hot or stuffy bedrooms are widely regarded as bad for sleep, cold rooms aren’t necessarily better. In fact, feeling a chill at night can have a negative effect on REM sleep as well as blood pressure. Over time, this lack of rest can impact the body’s ability to recover and make the immune system less effective. If you want to keep both body and mind functioning optimally, take steps to ensure your bedroom is cool but not cold and choose bedding products that contribute to healthful rest.


Choose Natural Fabrics

If you want to stay cool and cozy throughout the seasons, natural fabrics are a wise choice. Materials like cotton and linen are ideal for maximizing breathability. So you don’t have to worry about waking up in a pool of sweat. And because these fabrics are exceptionally soft and safe for the skin, you don’t have to worry about suffering inconvenient rashes or irritation. Looking for a 100 percent cotton comforter set that marries comfort and style? We recommend the Bebejan Maia Blue Comforter Set. Featuring cotton sateen with a thread count of 230, this five-piece reversible set is as appealing as it is breathable. The front side of the comforter features a bold pattern of oversized flowers in blue, blush, pink, and terracotta on a white background. However, the reverse side showcases terracotta roses for a more sedate look. Additionally, this collection comes with two matching shams with zipper closures, an embroidered throw pillow, and a printed decorative pillow. A bonus bag finishes off the set. We especially love how this floral print’s warm hues work well for fall and winter.

Opt for Layers

Are you the type of person who feels even the smallest draft? If so, layers are the ideal solution to your temperature regulation woes. Rather than hunt for a spare blanket in the middle of the night, we suggest keeping some extra bedding on or by the bed. Ideally, your bed will feature a fitted sheet, a top sheet, a light blanket or coverlet, and a luxury comforter set. A great extra blanket for the coming fall, the Chloe Diamond Quilted Coverlet is ideal for those looking to add a touch of elegance to their space. Made from champagne velvet and silk, this coverlet is pre-washed to prevent shrinkage. And because it’s machine washable, you don’t have to worry about dry cleaning. The set comes in sizes king and queen, and extra pillows are available for an added cost.


Consider Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Sheet material is important for hot and cold sleepers alike. After all, this is the bedding item that comes into the most contact with your skin. Ideal for anyone with sensitive skin or luxury taste, the Hira Sheet Set from Pure Parima is made from 100 percent certified Egyptian cotton. Featuring extra-long staple fibers that were picked by hand in the Nile River Valley, the Hira collection boasts a sateen weave for extra silkiness. Additionally, the contemporary accent diamond embroidery adds elegance and interest to your space. The Hira set is available in sizes twin through king and California king and comes complete with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two coordinating pillowcases. Colors include Spa, Grey, Charcoal, and Tan, among other popular hues. 

Prefer an even cooler sheet set? Crisp and delicious, a percale sheet like this Four Continents option is ideal for maximizing breathability and airflow. You’ll feel like you're sleeping on four-star hotel sheets every night of the year. 

Stay Cozy Year Round With Latest Bedding

Bedding selection is about more than just comfort. The right luxury comforter set or sheet collection is also pleasing to the eye, showcasing the colors, patterns, materials, and patterns that bring you joy. Fortunately, Latest Bedding offers affordable bedding products and accessories, so you don’t have to blow your budget. We’re proud to carry an array of items by top designers like Bebejan, Pure Parima, J Queen, Waterford, and Croscill. Additionally, we offer a selection of clearance products for extra savings. Shop our bedding products today and rest assured knowing you’ll sleep easy no matter the temperature outdoors.