Best Ways To Sleep Cool At Night

Written by Zulekha Nishad

Last Updated June 6, 2024

Does your mattress feel like the inside of a hot oven? Are you tired of rolling over at night just to find a cool spot so that you get a peaceful sleep? Well, resting the night in a hot bed can be an extremely difficult task. You end up tossing and turning the whole night and wake up feeling groggy because you didn’t get enough sleep.

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Why is your mattress hot?

Mattresses are not actually hot! They don’t generate heat, but they hold onto your body heat. If you think that your mattress is hot, you might probably be using a memory foam mattress - they generally have an issue retaining body heat.


is your mattress too hot at night

But why do memory foam mattresses retain body heat? Yes, you heard it right! It’s the ‘structure’ that matters! Memory foam mattresses are relatively dense and therefore have less airflow when compared to other materials. The denser the mattress is, the more heat it will trap and the lesser you will sleep.

One unique feature of memory foam mattresses is that they cradle your body when you sleep and relieve pressure points. Don’t get surprised - Did you know that the foam uses the heat of your body to mold to your particular shape during this process? Yeah, it’s true!

The fact is, getting the temperature right is mostly dependent on how hot or cold your body naturally feels.

How to beat mattress heat?

If you are worried about sleeping hot, here are some tips on what you can do.

1. Use a mattress topper

Mattress toppers or pads can help your body maintain a regular temperature throughout the night. This additional layer acts as a barrier between you and the mattress through which air circulates and wicks away heat.

The best mattress toppers are made from breathable materials like organic latex, cotton, or wool. There are also specially designed cooling pads and toppers available out there for people who sleep warm and those using mattresses that act as ovens.

2. Use latex, innerspring, or hybrid mattress

Latex, innerspring, and hybrid are the best types of mattresses available for keeping the hot sleepers cool.

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Latex is naturally breathable and provides better air circulation than other types of materials. It has an open-cell structure and therefore allows proper ventilation as well as wicks away the heat and moisture. On the other hand, innerspring mattresses have more room for airflow between and through the coils.

 A woman waking up with a smile after sleeping on an organic latex mattress

Then there comes the hybrid. It’s pretty much what it sounds like - a mix of two different styles. They are multilayered mattresses that combine memory foam, gel, or latex along with an innerspring system. The coils present in a hybrid mattress allow more airflow, making it more breathable than a memory foam mattress. Even though hybrid mattresses have a lot of benefits, there are some drawbacks as well. They are heavier, don't cut down motion transfer, and have a higher price tag.

3. Try organic cotton or bamboo sheets

Organic cotton sheets are breathable, absorb moisture, and keep your body cool. They are not just good for you but for the entire ecosystem. Just like cotton, bamboo also has thermoregulating properties. It can very well absorb moisture and help your body remain at a comfortable temperature.

Never go for polyester or blended bed sheets, such as flannel, as they have the very property of insulating heat. So, make sure you are buying sheets made of 100% organic material and always look for the certification tags.

4. Wear breathable sleepwear

It doesn’t matter whether you are a hot sleeper or not, you should always wear the right clothing material. Always choose light, breathable, and loose fabrics when you go to bed. Cotton, silk, linen, moisture-wicking, and bamboo are some of the best sleepwear materials.

5. Keep your room cool

I’ve mentioned this last, but keeping your room cool is something you should do first. Hot sleeper or not, keeping your room cool is a must! Adjust the thermostat, open the windows and breathe in the fresh air, or turn on the fan/ac to remove the heat from your mattress. Also, turn off electronics and heating devices to prevent heat accumulation and lower room temperature.

What if you feel hot and your partner feels cold?

Everyone’s “right temperature” is not the same. If you sleep with a partner that has an entirely different thermostat than yours, what are you going to do? Well, I’ve got answers! Sleep on a latex mattress - Its open-cell structure allows for plenty of cooling airflow.

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Latex mattresses don't change their feel based on how hot or cold your room is; that is, they are not good conductors of heat. Plus, latex is a natural material made from the sap of the rubber tree, and therefore it is hypoallergenic, renewable, and free of harmful chemicals. All these factors make latex mattresses ideal for both hot and cold sleepers

One of the best ways to sleep comfortably at night is to know how different materials interact with body heat. Here at Turmerry, we personally suggest using natural materials for mattresses, bedding, and clothing as they tend to be more breathable.

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Disclaimer: What is said in this article has been referenced from multiple sources and is intended only for educational and informational purposes. Please note that no content in this article is a substitute for professional advice from a qualified doctor or healthcare provider. Always consult an experienced doctor with any concerns you may have regarding a health condition or treatment, and never disregard any medical suggestions or delay in seeking treatment because of something you read here.