What's the Best Material for Duvet Covers? The Science of Comfort

What's the Best Material for Duvet Covers? The Science of Comfort

When it comes to creating a comfortable bed setup, there’s more to it than simply throwing on a sheet, duvet and some pillows. In fact, the material you use to put on your bed can actually influence not just the aesthetics of your room, but how well you sleep at night.

So, taking a more scientific angle - considering elements like temperature control, weight and softness - what’s the definitive best material for duvet covers? Let’s take a look.

What Makes a Good Sleep?

First of all, what does the science say about good sleep? You’ll likely already know the basics (in short, that you need about 7-9 hours of restful sleep per night) but it’s equally important to ensure that those 7-9 hours count. And when it comes to REM sleep (which is vital for your health and well-being) several factors contribute:

Temperature Control

One key aspect of good sleep is temperature control. It’s not a coincidence that most people report sleeping poorly during the warmer months, and this is because heat is a direct aggravator of deep sleep; studies have shown that heat can contribute to lower levels of REM sleep, and can also promote wakefulness during the night.

So when it comes to bedding and duvet covers, the ideal option is something with built-in temperature control, like bamboo, which is naturally cool to the touch and can help regulate your body temperature as you sleep. You should also pay attention to what goes inside a duvet cover - how breathable and lightweight your duvet insert is will also determine how hot your bedding gets when you sleep.

Softness and Comfort

The softness and comfort of your bedding directly impact sleep quality: soft, high-quality sheets are more likely to lead to restful slumber and uninterrupted sleep, while cheap cottons and rough materials are more likely to irritate your skin, provoke allergies, and overall provide you with a less-than-perfect sleeping experience.

So what’s the solution? Opting for materials and fabrics that are soft the touch and non-irritating, such as our luxury king duvet covers made with soft-touch, hypoallergenic and antibacterial bamboo, in a sateen weave to ensure ultimate comfort.

The Right Size Bedding

a bed covered with white duvet and rose petals

There’s nothing worse for your sleep than tossing and turning in a duvet that isn’t properly distributed, or on a sheet that keeps popping off at the edges. So while it’s important to find a material that not only feels great but comes with sleep-enhancing properties, it’s also important to make sure to get the right size! If you’re buying luxury queen duvet covers, make sure you’re buying them for a queen size bed!


Aside from temperature and comfort concerns, having a general level of consistency is essential for quality sleep, and helpful when it comes to sticking to a fixed sleeping routine. This includes maintaining a consistent bedtime, ensuring your bedding is comfortable and conducive to rest, and creating a bedroom environment that is both calm and relaxing, but also a space unique to your sleeping needs. For example, you might want to limit screens in your bedroom or turn them off after a certain time of night, as studies also show that prolonged screen time isn’t great for REM sleep.

REM Sleep

We’ve talked a lot about REM sleep so far, but what actually is it? Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep is a crucial phase of the sleep cycle, and is where most dreaming occurs; REM sleep is vital when it comes to cognitive functions like memory and learning, and getting enough of it is crucial for both your physical and mental health. You tend to only get around 2-3 hours of REM sleep per night, so ensuring your sleep environment supports uninterrupted, deep sleep can help you achieve enough of it.

Why Bamboo Sheets and Duvets Are Great for Quality Sleep


As we mentioned briefly above, both bamboo duvet covers and bamboo sheets are naturally hypoallergenic, which makes them perfect for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Not only that, but they also resist dust mites, mould, and mildew, so your bedding stays fresher and cleaner for longer.

Temperature Control

Bamboo sheets and duvet covers are also known for their cool to the touch feel and excellent temperature control properties; this is possible as they wick away moisture and sweat and allow for better air circulation, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night. Bamboo bedding is particularly beneficial for those who tend to sleep hot or live in warmer climates, or those who simply hate feeling clammy and sweaty when they sleep.

Soft and Comfortable

Finally, we can’t gloss over the comfort factor: the softness of bamboo sheets is simply unparalleled when it comes to natural bedding, and at Hush, we offer bamboo sheets and duvet covers produced with a sateen weave for even more soft-touch comfort. So if you’re looking for a hypoallergenic, antibacterial and temperature-regulated sleeping experience, you really can’t go wrong with our organic, OEKO-TEX-certified bamboo bedding.