Do you use the same bedding in the summer as you do in the winter? A lot of people do. Many times, turning up and down a home’s heat or air conditioning is the only change people make between the seasons. If your energy bill is starting to sweat the high costs of cooling, and there’s no end to the hot temps in sight, it might be time to lighten things up in the bedroom. Let’s go through each piece of bedding and call out cooler options for summer’s hottest months.

Sheets

If you’re not changing out your sheets in the spring, you are missing out. When spring cleaning comes around, it’s a good time to wash and store your warmer sheets (like flannel or microfiber) and switch them out for sheets made from a lighter fabric. Your best bet for breathable, lightweight sheets is 100 percent cotton. The natural fibers of cotton will keep you cool and comfy. Also, opt for a lower thread count. High thread counts can make the fabric feel dense and insulated. For summer, a 400 thread count works best.

Blankets and Comforters

While there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself up in a big warm blanket in the winter, come summer, that blanket might as well be made of lava. If you’re the type of person that has to have some sort of cover, there are options. Some people simply use a top sheet as a blanket. Others choose to use a coverlet (a cross between a cover and a blanket) during the warmer months. For sleepers who still like the feeling of a fluffy comforter, The Stay in BedTM EngineeredDownTM Comforter is it. EngineeredDownTM is a fresh take on classic down while being versatile enough to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus, the comforter has a breathable cotton cover that is a perfectly light complement.

Pillows

You can only flip your pillow so many times before the other side isn’t cool anymore. While the marketplace is filled with pillows and gels that are advertised to keep you cool, our pick is an EngineeredDownTM Stay in BedTM Pillow from Dr. Oz. Made with the same versatile fill as the Stay in BedTM comforter, the no-clump gelled fibers create a soft, smooth feel that you’ll want to rest your head on all season long.

Summer nights can be fun, but you don’t want the heat to interrupt your sleep. Keep cool all season long with these bedding solutions.

Additional Reading:

Keep Cool in the Bedroom During Summer

The Best Summer Sheets to Keep You Cool This Summer