Can the Quality of Your Duvet Affect Your Night’s Sleep?
If you have trouble sleeping and can’t find the source of the issue, it might be your duvet. Read on to find out how your duvet can disrupt your sleep.
Are you an insomniac? Don’t worry, you are not alone. This modern problem plagues a large part of the global population, ranging anywhere from 10 to 60 percent, depending on where you are.
When it comes to not getting a good night’s sleep, we blame it on everything from stress to poor diet to blue light from our smart devices. We may go to a therapist, get some sleeping pills, or even throw out our mattress, but one possible candidate remains unconsidered.
Have you ever considered that your duvet could be ruining your ability to get a healthy amount of sleep? Yes, the cozy friend you cling to at night might be the reason why you wake up feeling tired, cranky, and unproductive.
What Exactly Is a Duvet?
Did it feel like your mom was in charge of handling all the household items all your life? Once thrown into adulthood, you may find there are many things you’ve never had to think about before.
One embarrassing question you may have is: What exactly is a duvet and how is it different from a comforter? The answer is very simple. Yes, they are both used to cover you and keep you warm when you sleep.
A comforter is one piece. It doesn’t have a cover and you can use it right out of the package. A duvet, on the other hand, has two pieces, like a pillow and a pillowcase. First comes the cover, the outer part that covers the second thing, called the fill.
Now you know what a duvet is. Moving on to how the quality of your duvet is ruining your nighttime sleep and daytime efficiency.
The Cover Feels Weird Against Your Skin
You know how it is extremely satisfying to touch some fabrics, while others feel like creepy crawlies against your skin. Some duvet covers can feel bad against our skin, without us even being aware of it.
You may not realize it, but your duvet sets might be the reason behind your insomnia and your body is subconsciously begging for a change. If you don’t experiment, you will never know if that’s the case.
There are different materials available, and you don’t necessarily have to get the most expensive one you can find. Try some different kinds to see which material helps you sink peacefully into slumber. The luxurious ones do feel like heaven, though!
The Duvet Is Too Hot for You
Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night overheated? Or do you often throw off your duvet during sleep and end up chilled or achy? This might be because your duvet overheats you.
When you get overheated by your duvet, it can wake you up in the middle of the night or make it difficult to fall asleep. Did you know a cooler sleeping environment helps you fall asleep quicker and remain asleep longer?
Tog rating is the rate at which the duvet retains heat and is an important factor when it comes to choosing a duvet. The rating has a range from 1.5 to 15. A lower tog rating will give you less warmth, which is mostly synthetic fillings. If your current duvet overheats you, choose one that has a lower tog rating.
You Are Allergic to the Filling
Do you feel itchy, coughy, or sneezy when you get into bed? This can be either dust mites or an allergic reaction to your bedding. Yes, just as your mattress can cause allergic reactions, so can your duvet. And the reason for the reaction is almost always the filling.
If you are prone to allergies, it is crucial to choose your duvet filling carefully. Natural fillings like down, duck feathers, goose feathers, and wool can cause allergic reactions despite the covers.
This is when you must opt for hypoallergenic synthetic materials or better yet, bamboo filling. The bamboo filling is environmentally friendly and works great if you have an allergy problem. Changing your duvet filling can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep for longer hours.
The Duvet Is Too Heavy
Is your duvet so heavy that you feel like you are sinking? Heavy duvets can make you feel like you are suffocating. If your duvet makes you feel like you are fighting off something all night, it’s time to let it go, as no duvet is worth getting poor sleep! Down duvets are very light and regulate heat better. Lighter synthetic materials can also help.
Your Filling Is Poking You
As silly as it sounds, this is not uncommon. If your duvet shell has a lower thread count, the filling can poke you. This is not uncommon with filling like feathers or bamboo. Even down can make its escape from the shell.
You need your shell to have a high enough thread count so that nothing pokes through. Try to go for shells that have at least a 233 thread count or more. Anything from 233 to 475 should work. If the thread count is too high, the duvet can get damaged easily or become too heavy.
The Duvet Is Not Heavy Enough
If you have heard of weighted blankets, you might understand why some people sleep better with a heavier duvet. A person with autism, anxiety, PTSD, depression, etc. may need a heavier option.
For example, your child might feel more comforted and safe with a weighted duvet. So if you are changing your insomniac child’s bedding, you might try that. The same can be true for adults who feel safer with a heavier duvet and sleep poorly under lighter blankets.
The right kind of duvet can help you sleep through the night without randomly waking up. Depending on your preferences, your duvet can improve the quality of sleep you get and help you become more efficient in the daytime. Find out what your body is asking for and change to your perfect duvet today!