The reason many people “sleep hot” has a lot to do with design. Our core temperature drops by a couple of degrees during the night, shedding heat into the surrounding areas, and certain sheets and mattresses trap the heat and moisture around us.
There are several things you can do to make your sleeping environment more comfortable.
These tips can help you achieve a better night’s sleep:
The first step to cooling down your sleeping environment is to make sure you are using the right mattress and bedding. Look for a mattress designed to be cool and breathable. Memory foam mattresses are great for keeping you cool, as they are more breathable than traditional mattresses.
If you already have a memory foam mattress, you should consider investing in a cooling mattress pad or mattress topper to provide extra cooling and ventilation. Bed accessories such as these are designed to help regulate your temperature by absorbing heat and dissipating it away from your body.
You can also find cooling pillows and comforters, which can help keep you cool while you sleep. The Sealy Coolsmart Gel pillow is a great option. Its 2-in-1 Pillow Cool Gel layer reduces heat build-up for a cool comfortable sleep while the other side is all memory for a more gentle comfort.
Additionally, use lightweight, breathable bedding such as cotton or bamboo sheets, since heavier materials can trap heat within the bed. Synthetic fibres are generally not breathable, and this includes polyester and poly/cotton blends. If you are already a ‘hot’ sleeper, polyester will make you even hotter as it can’t release heat. This applies to your sleepwear, too, so check the fabric of your pj’s.
Remember to always assess the temperature of your sleeping environment. If your room is too warm, try opening a window to create a cool breeze or running a fan to help cool it down. If you have air conditioning, set the temperature to a cool but comfortable.
Finally, avoid activities that can raise your body temperature before bed, including eating a large meal, drinking caffeine, or exercising. Staying hydrated throughout the day is important, as dehydration can make it harder to stay cool. Limiting your alcohol intake prior to sleep can help with overheating issues too.
With a few adjustments, you can make it easier to cool your bed down, stay comfortable in bed and get the restful sleep you need.