guide to sleep cool in summers

Your Guide To Cool And Comfortable Sleep This Hot Summer Season

India's scorching summers can make even stepping outside a challenge. But the battle against heat doesn't end there. For many, nights offer little relief, with sweltering bedrooms making a good night's sleep nearly impossible. While there are many ways to cool down before bed, what you choose to sleep on can also play a big role. Let's explore how to sleep comfortably in summer. 

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Why is it uncomfortable to sleep at night in summer?

There are a couple of reasons why sleeping at night can be uncomfortable, especially during hot summers in India:

  • Body Temperature Regulation: During sleep, our bodies naturally cool down slightly. However, hot and humid environments can disrupt this process. When the surrounding air is already warm, it becomes harder for your body to shed heat, leading to feelings of discomfort at sleep and sweating.

  • Trapped Heat: Bedrooms can trap heat throughout the day, making them even hotter at night.  Several bedding materials might not be breathable, further insulating your body heat instead of allowing it to dissipate. This can lead to a feeling of being restless.

woman covered in white blanket sleeping on white bed comforter

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7 Tips to Help Manage Nighttime Discomfort During Hot Summer Months

Here are some tips for sleeping well during the summer season:

  • Breathable Fabrics: Heavy comforters and synthetic sheets might feel inviting at first, but they'll trap heat and leave you feeling sweaty. Instead, choose bed sheets that are made from natural fibres like cotton. Cotton's loose weave allows for better airflow, helping your body breathe and release heat naturally.
  • Cotton Sheets: Look for sheets made from 100%  cotton. Several manufacturers sell bedsheets blended with cotton, however, blended cotton bedding is not as breathable and cool as pure 100% cotton bedsheets. Belong’s 100% organic cotton bed sheets are not only breathable and incredibly soft against your skin, but they are also free from harmful chemicals and pesticides often used in conventional cotton production. This makes them ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies. You can finally drift off to sleep feeling cool, comfortable, and safe. Cotton bedsheets are typically available in 2 popular weaves based on how the yarn is woven - Percale and Sateen. Percale weave which is one over one under weave has a more breathable construction making it the preferred choice for summers.
  • Consider the Thread Count: While a high thread count is often associated with luxury, it doesn't necessarily translate to a cooler night's sleep. In fact, bed sheets with a very high thread count can be denser and trap more heat. Instead, focus on a mid-range thread count around 200-400, for a good balance of comfort and breathability. Think of it as finding the sweet spot – soft enough to cuddle up in, yet light enough to let your body breathe.
  • Ditch the Extras: During hot weather, ditch the extra blankets and comforters. As they'll quickly trap heat and leave you feeling restless. A lightweight sheet or a breathable cotton quilt might be all you need. This will also help you manage hot flashes at night.
  • Cooling Shower Before Bed: Take a cool (not cold) shower before bed to lower your body temperature. The evaporation of water from your skin will create a cooling effect as you fall asleep. This pre-sleep habit is like giving your body a head start on achieving that perfect sleep temperature.
  • Strategic Sheet Positioning: We all love to snuggle under the covers, but when you're a hot sleeper, it's important to allow for air circulation. Don't just cocoon yourself in sheets! Try keeping one foot uncovered or sleeping with the sheet loosely draped over your body. This allows for better air circulation and heat dissipation. Imagine yourself gently lying on the sheets, not wrapped up like a mummy. 
  • Invest in Cooling Bed Sheets: Consider bed sheets specifically designed for hot sleepers. Our bed sheets are made of cotton which are known for its exceptional cooling properties and is naturally breathable and anti-allergenic. Perfect for a comfortable and healthy night's sleep during hot summers. These specially designed sheets are like a cool, refreshing hug that will help you conquer the summer heat and finally achieve a good night's sleep.

white bed linen on bedAlso read our blog on How to fold a fitted bed sheet. 

    Why should you choose cotton bed sheets for summer?

    Unlike synthetic fabrics that trap heat and moisture, cotton is a natural fabric. It has a loose weave which allows exceptional breathability, promoting airflow and helping your body release heat. This translates to a cooler, more comfortable sleep experience, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed instead of sweaty. 

    Beyond breathability, cotton bed sheets also offers a host of other benefits for summer sleepers. Cotton is naturally soft and gentle on the skin, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies. It's also highly absorbent, wicking away moisture to keep you feeling dry throughout the night. Unlike some other fabrics, cotton is incredibly durable and can withstand frequent washing, making it a practical choice for those hot summer months.

    Now, let's talk about how Belong takes cotton bed sheets to the next level. Belong sheets are crafted from 100% organic cotton, ensuring the utmost comfort and breathability. Organic cotton is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, making it a healthy choice for you and the environment. Belong's commitment to quality goes even further with its focus on high-quality & high-thread-count bed sheets.

    Our 200-400 thread count cotton bed sheets offer the perfect balance of softness and breathability for a cool and comfortable night's sleep. So, you can swoop the discomfort and embrace the cool embrace of cotton bed sheets this summer. For the ultimate sleep experience, consider Belong – 100% organic cotton bed sheets designed to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long.


    Ditch the tossing and turning, and say goodbye to sleepless summer nights! By incorporating these tips and choosing the cool embrace of cotton sheets, especially those from Belong, you can transform your sleep experience. Imagine waking up feeling refreshed and energized, ready to conquer the day. Sweet dreams (and cool nights) are just a good night's sleep away!


    1. What are the best bed sheets for hot summer months?

    Natural fibres like cotton are best for the hot summer season. They allow for better airflow and breathability, helping your body release heat and stay cool.

    1. What thread count should I look for in summer sheets?

    Very high thread count sheets can be denser and trap heat. Instead, focus on a mid-range thread count of 200- 400 for a good balance of comfort and breathability.

    1. Besides sheets, what else can I do to sleep cooler in summer?
    • Take a cool (not cold) shower before bed to lower your body temperature.
    • Stay hydrated throughout the day to regulate your body temperature.
    • Keep your bedroom cool with blackout curtains and consider using a fan or air conditioner for a few hours before bedtime.
    • Choose loose-fitting pajamas made from breathable fabrics like cotton or linen.
    1. Are there any benefits to organic cotton sheets?

    Absolutely! Organic cotton sheets are not only breathable and comfortable, but they are also free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

    1. Should I ditch the covers altogether during summer?

    For some hot sleepers, a lightweight sheet might be all they need. However, some people want a thicker covering for comfort and security even during summer, for them, it’s recommended to keep hands and legs outside the comforter to stay cool. Experiment to find what works best for you.

    Written by Shivangi Singh

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