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How Does the Quality of Your Duvet Affect Your Night's Sleep?

Posted on by Sleep Expert
There are many factors that can affect the quality of our sleep, both internal, external, controllable and uncontrollable. But with each of us spending approximately one third of our day sleeping, and the other two thirds being influenced by how well we slept, surely we should be doing all we can to catch those good quality Z’s? Whilst we can’t control the neighbours dog barking at 5am, we can control our duvets. 

With the quality of our sleep affecting everything from our emotional well-being, overall physical health and concentration, to our levels of alertness, sleeping is an imperative pass time that contributes to a happy and healthy lifestyle. With so much of our life based on our sleeping scenario, getting a good night’s sleep cannot simply be a matter of squeezing our eyes shut, crossing our fingers and counting sheep. Instead, we have listed a few ways your duvet can be affecting the quality of your sleep, and more importantly, what you can do to help.

Does the quality of your duvet affect your sleep?

So where to begin. It may seem like a duvet is a duvet is a duvet. After all, they all look white and soft. Can the one you choose really impact your quality of sleep? Well we are here to tell you that yes it can, and yes it does. When it comes to choosing the right duvet for you, it is all in the details.

Just like with the foods we love and the foods we hate, our sleep style is completely unique to us. If you are still waking up bleary eyed and foggy, then chances are your bedding isn’t compatible with your preferences. Have you ever had the best night sleep EVER in a hotel? There is something not quite right when your own bed isn’t the host to your cosiest nights sleep, and the problem could likely be your duvet. Duvets play two key roles, they alter our bodies temperature (which when not right is the biggest cause of poor quality sleep) and they affect your comfort level depending if you prefer to be all wrapped up, or have a weightless light, soft covering at night.

Natural Duvets vs Fibre Filled Synthetic Duvets

The first big decision you will need to make when choosing a duvet is between a natural filled duvet and a fibre filled (synthetic) duvet. Your choice can be based on many factors including budget, level of warmth you prefer, preferred duvet weight, ease of washing and whether you are allergic to feathers or down.

Allergic reactions to duvets

Nothing can disrupt your sleep quite like an allergic reaction! A duvet can absolutely affect your quality of sleep if you are sensitive to the duvet filling. You may experience coughing, sneezing, a sore throat, itchy eyes or even black circles under your eyes. If this sounds all too familiar, you may be having a reaction to your feather or down duvet, and it may be time to switch it up. We recommend our bestselling washable Spundown Duvet that combines ultimate comfort and convenience. With its advanced Smartfil fibres you won’t experience any unpleasant reactions, and a big bonus is it can be machine washed at home - and at 60 degrees if needed. It almost sounds too good to be true! Almost.  

spundown duvet

What is the right duvet weight?


There is something to be said about the comforting feeling of a heavy duvet on you. If you find yourself fighting against duvet-less beds when you visit warmer climates then chances are you are part of the it-is-never-too-hot-for-a-duvet club. For others, weighty duvets are equally a struggle, so this is definitely another factor that could potentially impact your quality of sleep. Fibre filled duvets offer a better warmth to weight ratio, so if you want something that will keep you toasty without the bulk, then fibre filled duvets are the way to go. Alternatively for the weighted duvet lovers, opt for natural duck down feather filling such as our Goose Feather & Down Duvet that will keep you warm and feeling wrapped up. 

goose feather and down duvet

 

Duvet budget

Choosing between a feather duvet and a fibre filled duvet can also be down to budget. Typically natural fibre duvets come with a more premium price point, but this is not to say that a higher price means a better night's sleep. Some people prefer the weight to warmth ratio of a fibre filled duvet and get on better with the feel.

How to choose the right duvet Warmth


And last but most definitely not least is the warmth of your duvet. Waking up at 3am shivering cold or sweltering hot is the last thing you want when you are trying to catch your recommended 8 hours, so picking the right tog duvet is essential! If you can, and really want to get the best night’s sleep with your duvet all year round, we recommend rotating your duvets seasonally. For the warmer summer months, opt for the lighter 4.5 - 7 tog duvets, for spring opt for 9 - 10.5 tog and for winter, really cosy up in a 13.5 tog. 

Alternatively if you want a one-stop-shop duvet that covers all bases and all seasons, we have created our Breathe Duvet. With Smartfil technology and an extremely breathable ingredient called Modal, this duvet will keep you in temperature-controlled comfort all year round with moisture wicking properties to help manage your temperature and reduce disturbances caused by becoming too hot or cold.

breathe duvet