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If you wake up sweaty or sleep hot, you could be using the wrong sheets. You may struggle with falling or staying asleep when the outside temperature rises.

When we sleep, our body's temperature decreases, which emits heat into the sheets surrounding us. Unfortunately, many materials retain this heat, making us too warm.

We'll discuss why linen sheets are best for staying cool in the warmer months and what to look for when choosing quality linen sheet sets.

Quality Materials

There are a lot of options when it comes to sheets for hot sleepers. However, finding the right material will help provide the best sleeping experience. Linen, for example, is one of the top choices for hot sleepers.

What Are Linen Sheets?

Linen sheets are a go-to for those who tend to sleep hot. As a breathable, airy material, linen is a great pick for those who usually need a little extra help regulating their temperature and staying cool.

Linen bed sheets are made of fabric derived from the flax plant. Linen is a textured fabric that softens over time and is known as a superior sheet for cooling and reliability.

Remarkably lightweight, linen is more durable than its closest counterpart, cotton, due to the tighter wrapped thread fibers.

Thread Count

When choosing linen sheets, pay close attention to the thread count. A higher thread count means that the sheets will become softer over time without tearing.

Quality thread counts for linen sheets fall between 200 and 600. Higher thread counts, especially those in the 1,000 range and higher, may be misleadingly elevated and don't necessarily signify higher quality.

Benefits of Linen Sheets

Linen sheets have multiple benefits — the biggest being highly durable construction that offers a cool feeling. In addition, as a fabric that’s slightly heavier (yet better at wicking heat) than cotton, linen tends to have a lower thread count making it more breathable which helps you stay cool.

The lower thread count also makes linen naturally hypoallergenic by avoiding the build-up of trapped skin, dust, and particles.

Linen Sheet Sets Care

Caring for linen sheets might require a little extra TLC, but it’s worth it — as when cared for the right way, they can last a long time.

It’s recommended to wash linen with a mild detergent and cool water and hanging them dry or tumble drying them on low. Always wash linen sheets alone (or with similar fabric in similar colors), and trust that they’ll continue to soften the more they’re slept on and washed. Slight shrinkage may occur after the first wash.

If you dislike the look of wrinkles on your linen, it’s okay to iron them — but pay special attention to directions from your manufacturer and do not iron them at too high heat.

Choose Linen, Choose Cooler Nights

With good-quality linen sheet sets, you are guaranteed a great, cool night's sleep. We have just launched a beautiful, luxuriously soft, and fresh linen collection, specially designed with hot sleepers in mind.

Fancy taking a look? Shop our collection here.