Help for Hot Sleepers: 5 Tips to Stay Cool at Night
Updated: Feb 10
Feeling hot and sweaty between the sheets? Find out ways to beat the summer heat and sleep in cool relief.
Summer days. Summer nights. No matter the time of day it is hot, hot, hot in the summertime. Optimal sleeping temperatures normally range from 60 to 67 degrees fahrenheit, but what if the air conditioning doesn’t help or you have a partner who prefers a midrange temperature over the arctic? Don’t give up. There is hope for cooler sleep.
If you are waking up with the sheets sticking to you, try our tips for staying cool at night:
Tip #1: Get a gel-infused pillow
A cool body starts with a cool head. If your pillow traps heat around your head, you will feel hot no matter what other cooling measures you may be taking.
While a firm pillow can prop your head up to stop heat from accumulating, a gel-infused pillow is even cooler. Pun intended. Our stay cool Inspire pillow combines coolness and softness for the best of both worlds. You get to keep a cool head and enjoy a plush feel.
Inspire pillow features:
Cooling gel foam
Standard and King sizes available
Tip #2: Keep your sleep environment cool
Gear geeks, rejoice. Sleeping hot is a great excuse to get some new bedroom gear. You will need blackout curtains or blinds, a few fans, and lightweight sheets and pajamas.
Create a cool cave atmosphere with blackout curtains or blinds. Keep the curtains or blinds closed on sunny days. By blocking the sun’s warming rays during the day, your room will be a bit cooler at night.
Keep the air moving with multiple fans. Create cooling cross breezes with two or three fans in your bedroom. Respostion the fans nightly until you find a setup that clicks.
Use lightweight sheets and pajamas. The more breathable the fabric, the less likely it is to trap heat.
Tip #3: Drink plenty of water
Don’t neglect your fluids! One easy way to get better sleep is by drinking enough water. Aim for at least 64 ounces a day. Even better, drink a glass of water before bed to hydrate and improve your body’s ability to regulate its temperature.
On the flipside, night sweats will put you at risk for dehydration if you do not drink enough fluids. Since dehydration only decreases your heat tolerance, you will feel even more hot and miserable as you sweat it out. Don’t put yourself in that position. Drink more water.
Tip #4: Try a cool barrier for your bed
Placing a cool barrier between your body and bed can cut back on trapped heat. While some sources might recommend the “Egyptian” method (i.e., soaking a sheet or towel in cold water, wringing it out, and laying it on top of your bed), we have a better idea: a cooling, moisture-activated mattress protector. And we call it the Cool Response.
If you get hot and damp, the Cool Response gets cool to the touch. It only cools your body as needed. Avoid soaking wet sheets and towels. Opt for a protector that not only saves your mattress from the risk of mold or mildew with 100% waterproof protection, but that also gets nice and cool for you.
Cool Response mattress protector features:
Tip #5: Invest in a mattress with cooling technology
Make sure your mattress cools you rather than bakes you. If the steps above show little success for you, then your mattress is probably another source of heat. A mattress without breathable features or ample support is going to be one big muddy heat puddle.
A new mattress could be your number one route to better sleep. Time to start your research. Pick a mattress that sleeps cool and dissipates heat. And guess what? You don’t have to give up memory foam! Innovative bed cooling technologies like gel-infused memory foam and hybrid mattresses let you enjoy pressure relief without heat buildup.
One of our favorite cooling mattresses is the ultra plush Revolution Hybrid. This mattress is especially great for side sleepers who get hot.
Revolution Hybrid mattress features:
Gel-infused memory foam
Air-flow memory foam
Individually pocketed coils
Need advice on how to pick out a mattress that will keep you cool at night? Contact us online.