Do you get cold on winter nights? It’s not because your heating mysteriously turns off overnight. It’s actually because your body temperature drops when you go to sleep. Your body starts to drop by a degree or two as the night wears on, and it’s partly a signal that it’s time to go to bed. Your body temperature is closely linked to your sleep cycle, not to mention daily cycles that happen inside your body, such as regulating your liver and kidneys.
If you’re too cold or too hot at night, your body’s internal system has to work harder to adjust and that can impact the quality of your sleep, leading to insomnia. Regulating your body temperature at night can help you improve the quality of your sleep and wake feeling better rested.
An older heating system may not give you the kind of precision control that you might want to help regulate your body temperature. Older furnaces can be fickle things, pumping out heat and making your home or apartment incredibly warm, then cooling off and letting the temperature drop. Instead of fussing around with the furnace, focus on your bed and how your duvet covers can help you get comfortable at night. You may need to replace your duvet covers if you’ve been feeling cold at night and it’s affecting your sleep.
What Makes Warm Duvet Covers?
The filling plays a large part in how warm your duvet covers will be. There are several commonly used fillings in duvets:
Down & Feather Fillings: Down is the soft plumage taken from waterfowl like ducks and geese. It’s a light, fluffy material that traps warmth that regains its shape after being compressed. It’s ideal for sleeping. Down and feather fillings are an effective all-season filling. They are more breathable than synthetic fillings, which helps you avoid overheating as much as feeling too cold.
Synthetic Fillings: Generally synthetic fillings are considered lower quality than down and feather fillings, but if you have allergies, that changes everything. Synthetic fillings are less expensive and less breathable, but it’s ideal for allergy sufferers.
Wool Fillings: An insulating filling that’s also effective at wicking away sweat, wool duvet covers can help you regulate your body temperature.
Thread count is another factor to consider in your duvet covers. Thread count itself doesn’t impact how warm your duvet covers will be, but they do effect how durable down and feather fillings will be. A lower thread count means more down will escape, making the duvet covers less effective in time. Thread count also effects how soft the duvet covers will feel. Duvet covers made from 100% cotton with a thread count over 200 are some of the most luxurious options available.
Construction will also impact how warm your duvet covers are, as they prevent the filling from shifting and clumping, leaving thin patches in some areas that will make you feel chilly. Baffle box construction is a superior way of keeping your duvet covers evenly filled.
Stay warm this winter with appropriate duvet covers. Do your research online and find a great buy.