Welcome to woman&home’s online shopping guides, where we reveal where to buy the most popular and top-rated products. This guide is about where to the best summer sleepwear to keep you cool, but you may also be interested in our edits of flattering swimwear styles for every shape (opens in new tab), Monsoon dresses (opens in new tab) we're obsessed with and leopard print sandals (opens in new tab).
Lightweight summer sleepwear is not only great for when summer comes around - it also helps menopausal women deal with night sweats!
Hot flushes (opens in new tab) and night sweats are common night-time occurrences, especially in the summer months and as your body changes with menopause (opens in new tab) these can increase dramatically.
As the seasons change so does your sleep routine, so you’ll need to adjust your bedtime wardrobe for some cooling sleepwear. The best fabrics work hard to let the body breathe and wick away sweat and moisture as you sleep, so you can snooze without interruptions.
What should I wear for night sweats?
The first and most important thing you need to consider when shopping for cooling pyjamas is the material they are made from. 100% natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and merino wool are optimal choices for those overheating issues, as they’re more breathable than synthetic fabrics.
However that’s not to say that synthetic fabrics can’t be worn. Many of the specialist menopause sleepwear brands use clever combinations of natural and synthetic fibres that are specially designed to draw moisture away from the body and into the fabric.
An example are leading menopause sleepwear brand Dagsmejan, who combine the finest natural fibres, with the latest sleep technology and innovative textile engineering. They use fabrics such as Lyocell which is more breathable than cotton, containing millions of invisible nanocapillaries in its fibres, which allow excess heat to be released. Its unique structure means it offers 50% better moisture management than cotton. They heavily focus on sustainability too - Lyocell is one of the most sustainable fabrics around, and their Nattwarm™ merino yarn is bluesign® certified.
Dagsmejan’s most cooling nightwear claims to be softer than silk, cooler than linen and better moisture management than cotton. It features NATTCOOL™ a fabric which is eight times more breathable than cotton. This cleaver water wicking fabric also dries in a third of the time of cotton!
But there are loads of sleepwear options that will keep you cool throughout your slumber, without scarifying style or comfort.
Best lightweight summer sleepwear
Here’s our pick of the best high street and specialist menopause brands...
Nightire 100% bamboo clementine short sleepwear set
£69, sizes, xs-xl, nightire.com
John Lewis 100% cotton chambray nightdress
£35, sizes 10-20, John Lewis & Partners
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The White Company Woodprint lace strap 100% cotton nightie
£49, sizes xs-xl, The White Company
Dagsmejan NATTWELL™ fabric: Sleep t-shirt
£63.99, sizes s-xxl, dagsmejan.com
Desmond & Dempsey 100% cotton palm printed set
£120, Desmond & Dempsey
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The White Company 100% cotton stripe pjama set
£70, sizes xs-xl, The White Company
Urbanara 100% organic cotton pyjama set
£26 (was £49) urbanara.co.uk
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Marks & Spencer Cool comfort technology fabric nightshirt
£18, sizes 6-26, M&S
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Become HydraDerma fabric short sleeve night dress
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Cucumber Clothing Raspberry ribbon tie top in 37.5® Technology
£89, sizes xs-xl, Cucumber Clothing
Cucumber Clothing Raspberry shorts in 37.5® Technology
£65, sizes xs-xl, Cucumber Clothing
Toast 100% cotton double soft pyjamas
Piglet Blueberry 100% linen pyjama set
£90, sizes s-l, pigletinbed.com
Linen Shed Long 100% linen nightgown
£101, sizes xs-xl, linenshed.co.uk
Zayana Eco friendly cooling sleeved nightdress
£75, sizes s-l, zayana.co.uk
Hannah Hughes is Group Fashion Editor at Future Publishing. Her work appears in woman&home, Woman, Woman's Own, and Woman's Weekly magazines.
She is a fashion creative with over fifteen years of solid experience in editorial, commercial, and celebrity styling. She has an in-depth knowledge of the luxury, mid and high-street fashion sectors, which she developed over a decade spent as Fashion Director at some of the UK's most widely read women's magazines, including You Magazine and Look Magazine.
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