I’m a Hot Sleeper, and This Luxurious Comforter Actually Keeps Me Cool Throughout the Night

published Jul 21, 2021
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Night sweats are no fun. Our bedrooms should be one of the most comfortable rooms in our homes, but if you’re a hot sleeper, it can be a challenge to get the right setup for optimal, sweat-free sleep. I love bundling up in fluffy comforters, but as a hot sleeper myself, finding one that isn’t too warm has been a constant struggle — one that’s only heightened by the fact that my bedroom happens to be the warmest room in my apartment. I tend to reach for thick and plush comforters or extremely light blankets that need to be layered, but decided to try something in between with Layla Sleep’s new down alternative comforter.

The Layla Down Alternative Comforter arrived compactly zipped in its packaging, and expanded to its full plushness upon being open and spread out on the bed. One of the first qualities I noticed was that it was smooth and cool to the touch, which was exciting for me since I’m actively looking for bedding that keeps me cool throughout the night. It’s made from 100 percent cotton for breathability, and has a 10-ounce fill weight so that it’s not too hot for summer, but isn’t too light for cold weather either. When I slid into bed underneath the comforter, I could tell right away that I was moving in the right direction toward my ideal bedding needs. I didn’t feel smothered by the sheets or like I needed to pull any away to feel comfortable. I’ll often sacrifice the top sheet if I’m too warm, but the Layla comforter paired splendidly with my cooling Brooklinen percale sheets.

While the Layla Down Alternative comforter is available in only two colors, white and gray, it’s designed to be used alone, but can be slipped into a duvet cover, if preferred. There are loops sewn into all four corners for easy attachment. As someone who thrives in color, I love that Layla Sleep had the foresight to provide options with this comforter (in fact, I’m shopping around for duvet covers to wrap it up in as we speak). The neutral gray is gorgeous and looks great in my room, but it’s hard for me to resist the call of colorful options. 

The coolest thing about the Layla comforter is the strategic stitch pattern of its baffle boxes, which are the compartments in which the Cluster-Loft down alternative is contained. Layla Sleep went with hexagon-shaped quilting because it helps to keep the fill balanced without bunching up on one side or the other. Though the comforter isn’t thick, you can get a real sense for its softness by pressing down on the baffle boxes. The alternative fill mimics down feathers. When you sink your hand into it and lift it away, every section returns to its original shape, satisfyingly rising like bread dough. The Cluster-Loft fill is also 100 percent hypoallergenic and OEKO-TEX® Certified.

Since sleeping with the Layla Down Alternative Comforter, I’ve felt no urge to replace my bedding with something lighter, which is a brand-new feeling for me. I’m so used to pulling at my bed sheets — or worse, sweating it out — that finding a comforter that I can snuggle into without overheating is what I consider a miracle. I’m looking forward to seeing how it does once the summer heat fades into the winter chill. Until then, I’m enjoying my cool and restful nights.