Whilst summer isn’t quite over yet, the leaves on the trees are beginning to fall which can only mean one thing, Autumn is on its way!
During the change in weather throughout the different seasons, one important consideration that you have to think about is to ensure that your duvet is at the right temperature to allow you to be sleeping comfortably and soundly.
Also, as we think ahead to the cooler weather to come over the next few months, it could be worthwhile thinking about getting a new duvet.
What are tog ratings?
Duvets come in a variety of different tog ratings. In simple terms, the tog rating indicates how warm you are whilst sleeping under the duvet. As the rule follows, the higher the tog rating, the warmer you will be, whilst a lower tog rating will mean that you are cooler in bed.
The tog rating measures the scale of the duvet’s warmth, referring to the efficiency of the material’s thermal insulation and means that not only temperature is affected, but the weight and softness too will depend on the tog rating.
You might be questioning why ensuring that your duvet is the right temperature is so important. The reason it matters is because it plays a big influence on your body’s ability to feel comfortable and get a good night’s rest.
We’ve all at some point experienced the discomfort of feeling overly hot in bed or waking up in a sweat which is very unpleasant, and certainly doesn’t make sleeping any easier.
In another one of our recent blogs, we covered the effects of sleep deprivation on our health which highlighted how a lack of sleep could impact the immune system by not giving it the time it requires to produce protective cytokines and infection battling antibodies.
So as you can see, ensuring that you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep every night doesn’t just help to keep you energised and refreshed the following day but is also a necessary requirement to keep your body healthy and performing efficiently.
Our recommended tog ratings
Now that you understand the meaning of duvet togs and why it’s so important, here is our guide to which tog rating is most suitable for each season.
4.5 Tog: One of the lower options of tog rating, this lightweight duvet is ideal for the warmer summer months in which you want to keep cool and comfortable, especially during hot evenings.
7.5 Tog: Another lightweight option, yet slightly heavier and therefore warmer than the 4.5 tog, this is a great option throughout summer and in between spring and summer and summer and autumn when the temperature can fluctuate.
10.5 Tog: This rating is perfect for Spring and Autumn through which it isn’t quite warm enough to warrant the heavier duvet, but you still want to remain cosy and warm.
A duvet for all seasons
We understand that it might not always be practical to keep four different duvets specifically for each bed in your home, so why not go for an all seasons duvet instead?
These handy duvets consist of two separate lightweight duvets, that when positioned together, form a higher tog duvet for winter.
We all sleep differently depending on the climate. Another problem you may face when choosing the right tog rating is that you and your partner prefer a difference in temperature. If this is the case, opting for a duvet combining both cool and cosy options will ensure that both you and your partner can get a great night’s kip!
The best tog rating for children
Babies under 12 months
It’s important that pillows and duvets are not used for children under the age of 12 months. This is to help reduce the risk of overheating or suffocation. BabyCentre suggests a room temperature of between 16 and 20 degrees is warm enough for babies to sleep warm and comfortably.
As most baby monitors include a thermometer, this can help you to regulate the room’s temperature effectively, if not, it would be worth purchasing a room thermometer.
Children under 10 years
For toddlers and children who are under ten years old, a lighter weight duvet such as a 4.5 or 7.5 would be perfect. Even if the temperature is slightly cooler, as children trap the air and heat more easily, this results in them becoming warmer much more quickly than an adult would using the same duvet tog.
We suggest starting off with a lighter weight duvet such as our Silentnight Cooler Summer Duvet 4.5 Tog whilst the child is still quite young, before moving up to one of our Silentnight Deep Sleep Duvet 7.5 Tog duvets when they become a little bit older.
Children over 10 years
When the child becomes older, you can start looking at something which has a slightly higher tog rating such as our Snug Bed2Go Bedset 10.5 Tog duvet. If though, you are unsure as to which duvet tog to go for, it’s essential that your child is comfortable and not overly warm, at least until they get older. Therefore, we would suggest going for a lower tog of duvet. but keeping a blanket on the bed for added warmth when necessary.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our guide to understanding tog ratings. As we’ve discussed, choosing the correct duvet tog is a vital part of helping to make sure that you get your full quota of sleep, so if you require any further assistance in choosing the right duvet, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.