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There’s nothing more glorious than slipping between smooth, crisp sheets after a hot summer day. So now’s the time to take stock of your mattress, lighten your linens, and rethink your bed’s layers.
From back: Herringbone sham, in Pale Sage, $38, garnethill.com. Simple linen pillows, in Citron, $108 each, hawkinsnewyork.com. Wild Blossoms percale pillowcase, by Martha Stewart Collection, 300 thread count, in Floral Bloom, $50 for 2, macys.com. Dream sham, $168, and quilt, $48, in Cottage Blue, garnethill.com. Cotton blanket, in Sea Spray, from $298, coyuchi.com.
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Most last about seven years, but if you don’t feel rested when you wake up on many a morning, it could be time for a new one. Look for a mattress that supports each body part equally and is made of material that will help you sleep most comfortably.
If You Run Hot ...
Go for a spring mattress, a firm choice. It gets its support from coils underneath padding and doesn’t absorb much warmth. Flip it once a year.
If You Run Cold ...
Opt for memory- or latex-foam styles; these conform to your body and trap heat.
If It Depends ...
A hybrid is the answer. Its layer of memory foam over springs means it’s the Goldilocks of options, and a nice combo if you prefer subtle firmness, but sleep hot.
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Vacuum your mattress every three months. If you have allergies, add a washable, dust mite–proof cover, which will also help maintain its shape.
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Freshen Up Your Sheets
Higher thread counts may seem luxurious, but they can also be heavier. For a luxe set that’s nice and airy, stick between 200 and 300.
Clockwise from top left: Thistle sheet set, in Mist/Persimmon, $159 for queen, schoolhouseelectric.com. Linen sheets, in Citron and Blush, $198 each for queen, hawkinsnewyork.com. Masala sheet set, in Citrine, $179 for queen, dwellstudio.com. Naomi sheets, in Indigo, $160 each for queen, johnrobshaw.com. Ombré Stripe washed-linen sheets, by Eileen Fisher, in Pure White/Rose Water, $148 each for queen, garnethill.com.
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Add Light Layers
Many people like the sense of something weighing them down at night, even in balmy conditions. The best balance: a lightwe ave cotton blanket. If you need a heavier cover, opt for a cotton quilt, which insul ates without the bulk of a comforter. Have a variety on hand for style, comfort, and the ability to strip away as you see fit.
From top: Porter quilt, 36" by 52", from $600, megcallahan.com. Herringbone throw, in Mist, $295, serenaandlily.com. Cotton blanket, in Sea Spray, from $298, coyuchi.com. Azeline summer coverlet, in Grey, from $175, miaandfinn.com. Rustic linen blanket, in Alpine White With Pale Ocean Pewter, from $198, coyuchi.com. Diamond-ticking quilt, from $120, schoolhouseelectric.com. Organic cotton coverlet, by Eileen Fisher, in Shell Pink, from $198, garnethill.com.
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No need to spend half the night flipping yours to the cool side. Some new synthetics are made with materials (like gels) that help regulate temperature. We suggest the Therapedic TruCool standard series (from $60, bedbathandbeyond.com), available in a traditional shape for stomach and back sleepers, and in a contoured model for folks who lounge on their side.
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Box Spring or Not?
That’s entirely up to you—and to whether you prefer to climb (or collapse) into bed. New two-sided mattresses don’t need one; they just require a hard, flat, even surface.
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Dial Down for Slumber
Your bedding is just the start. Turn your thermostat to 65 degrees, the optimum temperature for falling asleep.