With the weather being so much warmer in April than normal, it’s made me think about my bedding choices. I’m preparing for the summer with Silentnight and their lighter bedding and pillows.
I have to be honest, not only am I thinking about warm summer days, but I’m reaching that age where the menopause is going to be kicking in with full force any time soon. The days of me sleeping under a thick duvet in 40 degrees heats in Thailand are going to be well and truly behind me! I need to be comfortable in bed in the months ahead.
I’ve been aware of different Tog rated duvets for as long as they’ve been around, but have always stuck fairly firmly to the higher end of the scale, snuggled away in bed like a dormouse. Well never let it be said that I’m too old to try something new and I know I’ve been feeling overly warm in bed for a while.
The Silentnight Cooler Summer Duvet is 4.5 Tog and has a breathable 100% microfibre cover with a 100% soft hollowfibre filling. It’s hypoallergenic too and can be machine washed at 40ºC. With a move away from a down duvet I was interested to see how I felt as I started preparing for the summer with Silentnight. Well I have to say, so far, so good. I haven’t felt so hot in bed, whilst still remaining snug and cosy. It’s looking good for the months ahead.
I have to be frank, I had no idea there was such a thing as summer pillows. It was time to try something new with the Silentnight Cooler Summer Pillow set.
Just like the duvet, these pillows are made from a breathable, lightweight 100% microfibre cover with a 100% soft hollowfibre filling. I’ve been using a memory foam pillow for some time now and was interested to see how I’d get on with a different pillow. But again, they’ve been fine and felt comfy to sleep against. I’ve certainly slept well once I’ve drifted off to the land of nod.
Silentnight have come up with some great #togtips to guide us through the transition from winter to summer bedding. As the Tog rating measures the effectiveness of a material’s thermal insulation, a 1 Tog offering the coolest rating up to the snuggest winter rated 15 Tog.
It’s also made me realise that I should also get a new lighter Tog rated duvet for my 7 year old son as he uses a 13.5 Tog duvet. Silentnight suggest that children (aged over 1 year) should use a 4.5 Tog duvet, so clearly I need to make some changes here, I had no idea.
I’ve always gone for feather and down duvets and pillows before but Silentnight advise that with the changes in technology synthetic bedding is so much better than when I was a child.
Hollowfibres vary according to the blend of materials, size of holes within the fibres and manufacturing process, which can actively blow air into the fibres to increase the softness. Materials can even wick sweat away from the body in some duvets, making them ideal for warmer months.
The other bonus to synthetic bedding, is that it’s more durable and can be washed easily and regularly. We’re lucky here that none of us suffer from allergies, but for those of you who do, it’s worth noting that 25% of all allergies and 50% of all asthmatic conditions are directly attributable to the allergens the house dust mite produces, which are particularly found in beds and bedding. The Silentnight Anti-Allergy range includes duvets, pillows and protectors to help with this.
Have you already thought about changing your bedding as summer approaches?
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review