Do you really need to use a top sheet? Experts explain.

By Zoe Malin, Oct. 31, 2023

Top sheets are also sometimes preferred by hot sleepers. Duvets, comforters and quilts are thicker and heavier than top sheets, and can trap heat more easily, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a double board-certified doctor in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine. People tend to sleep better when their body temperature can decrease at night, he explained, so some fold down their outermost layer of bedding and just use a thin top sheet. It gives them something to cover their body with, but it’s lightweight and breathable, so it traps less heat.

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