You know that tog rating you usually ignore when picking up a new duvet? Well here’s a newsflash for you – it’s a big deal so you could do with paying more attention to!
Technically speaking, choosing the right duvet can be a pretty simple job as there are only two things you need to take into account. One of these is of course the duvet’s filling – i.e. natural Vs synthetic – while the other is its tog rating. Often confused with the physical weight or measurements of the duvet, the tog is in fact a measure of thermal insulance – which roughly translated means a measure of how warm the duvet will be.
A Wise Buy for Brits
Living in the UK where the weather is anything but predictable, it’s a good idea to choose duvets strategically in order to ensure optimum comfort. In terms of which does what, the down duvet specialists downduvet.co.uk shared the following guide to serve as a brief overview of which tog ratings suit which seasons:
· Summer Duvets - 2.0 - 4.5 tog – The lightest kind of duvet designed to provide as little insulation as possible for use on the warmest evenings.
· Winter Duvets - 10.5 - 12.5 tog – Much heavier and manufactured to deliver outstanding insulation to both repel cold and retain body heat.
· All Year Duvets - 7.5 - 9.0 tog – For homes where internal temperatures remain both comfortable and constant, an all-year duvet will often do the job for all four seasons.
Of course, the problem with taking home the ideal duvet comes with the Great British weather as the inevitability of heat-waves followed by perilously icy winters. As such, it’s highly recommended by both retailers and health experts alike that more than one duvet be kept on-hand, in order to be swapped-out as and when the weather changes.
Your Health and Wellbeing
Getting comfy and not waking up in a pool of your own sweat are important enough, but temperature also has a marked effect on the quality of the sleep you can expect to get. According to sleep specialists, your body’s temperature needs to cool down very slightly in order for sleep to be achieved. Suffice to say therefore, being too hot or too cold makes it difficult for this to happen, while changes in temperature during the night can lead to sleep disturbance and disruption.
Studies have also shown that temperature can affect the depth and quality of REM sleep – being too hot or too cold can lead to waking from a full night’s sleep feeling almost like you never went to bed. And while there’s much to be said for getting busy with the thermostat and better-controlling your home’s temperatures, it will always be the duvet you snuggle down with that plays the biggest role in how much sleep you get and the quality thereof.
And if you’re the kind that’s partial to the odd hour or two simply lounging around in the bed you love, chances are you’ll gain even more from investing in the best possible duvet!