Beat the heat while you sleep
With summer around the corner and the temperature heating up, sleeping cool might turn into a challenge. Don’t sweat it though. There are a few quick and easy things you can do to stop your bedroom from turning into a sauna. Investing in mattresses with cooling technology, lowering your thermostat before bed, and getting breathable bedding goes a long way to getting you comfortably cool sleep.
1. Cooler Mattress, cooler sleep
Mattress brands are very plugged into the conversation about staying cool during sleep and the issues with overheating. If you find yourself sweating at night, think about getting a mattress that has a gel foam layer. Gel foams draw excess heat away from your body to keep you temperature neutral at the very least.
Latex foam mattresses are especially adept at regulating heat as the rubber it’s made from is heat resistant. This means that heat from your body and external heat does not get trapped in the mattress.
Other mattresses come with cooling covers that are cool to the touch, absorbing body heat at the first point of contact. These are really convenient as they can be taken off if it gets too chilly.
Hybrid and gel foam mattresses are your best bet to stay cool at night. Latex is also great at keeping your body from being too hot. Take a look at our selection of mattresses with cooling technology.
2. Chilling the atmosphere
Before heading off to bed, it’s a good practice to lower your thermostat a few degrees. Even though your core temperature drops while in deep sleep, body heat still radiates while under the covers.
If your thermostat stays the same temperature from when you were awake, that imbalance creates discomfort and overheating. Try to lower your thermostat a few degrees before bed to get the best quality sleeping environment.
3. Great sheets beat the heat
It’s easy to forget that sheets and pillows are a big factor when it comes to sleeping temperature. Breathable sheets can mean the difference between staying asleep and constantly waking up drenched in sweat.
Sheets are directly on your skin where heat can easily get trapped in very high thread count sheets. Contrary to popular belief, more threads are not better. Ideally, it’s good to be within the 250 to 350 thread count range so your body heat escapes. Anything within the 500 plus range will leave you feeling smothered, sweating and probably miserable.
Sheets made with lyocell fibers, like Tencel, or bamboo-based fibers, like Layla, are excellent at wicking away moisture, dissipating heat and helping to create breathable sleep environments. Using these types of sheets will keep you sleeping cool and dry all night, every night.
Take sleeping temperature seriously
The best bed in the world can only feel that way if your sleeping temperature is correct. Keep your sleep cool by investing in mattresses that have cooling technology, lowering the thermostat a few degrees prior to sleeping, and ensuring your sheets are breathable with reasonable threat counts. Doing this is the perfect way to go to sleep and stay asleep.
Looking for more tips? How about a hands-on experience with the Rest Test at our Art Van Furniture & Mattress and PureSleep Stores?
Our Sleep Specialists will guide you through your personalized report on the best mattress for you and recommendations for the best bedding. Find your store today.