What Summer Sheets Are Best?

After the blistering heat wave a few weeks ago, and now that a murky cloud of intense humidity has settled over us (70% dewpoint and higher, yuk!!) for about two weeks now, I’m reaching a point of desperation. I can’t tolerate the heat and humidity, and therefore I have trouble sleeping. It wasn’t bothering me much until lately, when the temps spiked.


Those pillow cases are part of the new "medieval" sheets I got. I think they are cool! But not... cool... if you know what I mean.

I have a memory foam mattress, and while it is spectacular in comfort, the thing is like an oven in the summer. It absorbs heat, and it feels like sleeping on a warm loaf of bread. I’ve been trying to find some good sheets, but I’ve already spent a good amount of money on some… and I can’t say I’m very happy with my choices. Now, I’ve already got winter sheets figured out– flannel sheets RULE; and I’m snug as a bug even when it’s 40 degrees in my bedroom. But during the summer, I’m at a loss.

I recently purchased a “modal/cotton” set. It’s very soft and stretchy, a little bit like a t-shirt. It’s very cushy and comfortable. but it’s almost TOO cushy. And what the heck is “modal,” anyway?

And then I bought a Better Homes & Gardens set (can’t go wrong with a name brand, right??). It’s a very, very attractive red design, with a medieval-looking pattern. They actually have some really nice designs; I’m partial to purple bedding sets. too. But these sheets are…. I think they are a cotton/polyester mix. It’s like sleeping between a lightweight tarp. They make a nylon-ish sound when you move around in them. They’re OK, but… they’re still kinda hot.

What the heck do you get for summertime bedding?! I can’t really find any answers online. IS there anything, really?

I have heard of Egyptian cotton bedding, but that stuff is $100! Before I get it, I need to know if it’s really worth it. Have you tried Egyptian cotton? Is it a “cool” sheet?

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4 Responses to “What Summer Sheets Are Best?”

  1. Marg Says:

    Sounds like you have a problem. I think if I were you I would get some fans or a window air conditioner. Don’t think the sheets are going to keep you cool for sure. Hope you find the solution. Take care.

  2. Rena Says:

    I agree with Marg. I have an a/c in my bedroom and let me tell you, I HAVE to have it in the summer. I can’t stand heat and humidity, I get really grumpy and irritated if I am sweating. Our bill does go up due to the a/c but the way that I look at it… either we save $25 a month and be miserable… or we are happy and pay $25 a month. Its less than a dollar a day to stay comfortable.

    Once the a/c is in, any sheet will do. šŸ™‚

    • Mrs. Mecomber Says:

      I wish I could have a/c! I’ve never had it before until this summer…. the husband said the bill went up like crazy! Maybe it has to do with the house- it’s very large, drafty and uninsulated. I ran the unit only 4 times this summer when I could take the heat no longer. I know what you mean about the humidity making you feel awful.. me, too. But the electric bills give me an ulcer!

  3. Eva Says:

    I live in Europe, when it’s vey hot we use bamboo sheets. They will keep you cool. A good alternative are linen or pure silk sheets (silk is not the same as satin, silk is 100% natural). Definitely avoid all non-natural fibres like polyester, nylon, modal…

    Good luck!