How to dress your bed for com­fort

Want to wake re­freshed and rested ev­ery morn­ing? The key is chang­ing your bed­ding with the sea­sons and choos­ing de­signs that suit you

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What is a du­vet tog rat­ing and how do I de­cide which tog I need? The tog rat­ing refers to the level of ther­mal in­su­la­tion pro­vided – the higher the tog, the warmer the du­vet. ‘Du­vets range from a 2.5 tog for the height of sum­mer to an 18 tog for deep­est win­ter,’ says Sarah Smith, head of buy­ing at Soak & Sleep (soakand­sleep.com). ‘For a fail-safe op­tion, in­vest in an all-sea­son set – two du­vets that can be used in­di­vid­u­ally or com­bined for per­fect warmth all year.’ What are the dif­fer­ent fill­ing op­tions? The main choice is be­tween a nat­u­ral or syn­thetic fill­ing, which comes down to per­sonal pref­er­ence and bud­get. Nat­u­ral fillers tend to be more ex­pen­sive, but are durable and ver­sa­tile. ‘Down is lux­u­ri­ous, soft, fluffy and ex­cep­tion­ally warm, but at the same time very light,’ says Sara Wadsworth, brand mar­ket­ing man­ager at The Fine Bed­ding Com­pany (finebed­ding.co.uk). ‘Feather is heav­ier, but bril­liant if you like a “tucked in” feel­ing.’ The two ma­te­ri­als are of­ten mixed, and the higher the down con­tent the lighter the du­vet will be. Al­ter­na­tively, go for a wool, cot­ton or silk fill­ing: they all have a denser feel and are nat­u­rally hy­poal­ler­genic. Silky mi­crofi­bre and springy hol­low­fi­bre syn­thetic fillers are also good for peo­ple with al­ler­gies. How do I choose a pil­low that’s good for my back and neck? Side sleep­ers need a thicker pil­low that will sup­port their head and neck at the right height, whereas back sleep­ers ide­ally need a firmer pil­low with a lower pro­file. Front sleep­ers should choose a softer, low-pro­file pil­low. Spe­cial­ist pil­lows, of­ten made from breath­able la­tex, are good for peo­ple with spe­cific back or neck prob­lems – you can find a se­lec­tion de­signed by phys­io­ther­a­pist Sammy Margo at The Good Sleep Ex­pert (the­good­sleep­ex­pert.com).

From left Pink pil­low­cases, £42 each; du­vet cover, £259; ‘Heather’ cush­ions ( pic­tured in Grey and Vel­vet), £178 each; ‘Raul’ cush­ions (two pic­tured), £106 each, all Ai­ayu (ai­ayu.com) ED

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