If you find it hard to go or stay asleep at night because you are a hot sleeper, you’re definitely not alone! It is ironic, however, that our body’s core temperature actually drops 1-2 degrees at night. So why do so many people suffer from night sweats or tossing and turning because they are too hot to stay asleep? One of the main reasons for sleeping hot is the design of the mattress they are sleeping on.
Why the Design of Your Mattress Matters
If you’re worried about sleeping hot, it’s important to remember that our bodies are the heat source. Ultimately we sleep hot because the heat from our bodies is absorbed into the surface (mattress) that we are laying on all night. This means that if our mattress is designed with limited air flow, chances are we’ll wake up sweaty and tired.
Here are some of the best mattress types for hot sleepers:
Mattresses that are made with open coil, also known as a traditional coil or innerspring, are still very common mattresses even though there have been many technological advancements in the bedding industry. The open continuous wire design of the mattress allows for air to flow freely and your body heat will have more chance to breathe.
Note from the experts: These mattresses do tend to be less durable than their pocketed coil counterpart and are ideal for children or mattresses that are not used every day, such as in guest rooms and rental properties.
Pocketed Coil mattresses are individually fabric-encased coils. The design has many benefits, one of them being airflow. The construction of the pocketed coil system allows your body heat to flow freely throughout the coils, instead of being trapped which is what happens with dense materials, such as foam. Pocketed coils can also be used in the comfort layers as well, known as comfort coils, providing even more airflow for a cooler sleep.
If you are buying a Hybrid mattress with open coils or pocketed coils in the bottom layer and other components in the comfort layer, then it is important to keep these materials in mind as well.
Latex in mattresses has an open-cell structure, with tiny little holes throughout it, allowing air to flow in and out of the material. These perforations create a cooler sleep surface for your body as you lay on it at night because your body heat will have room to move. Some latex mattresses are even infused with certain minerals, such as Graphite, that work to wick away body moisture. It is worth noting that people who are trying to find an alternative to memory foam may find latex to be firmer and bouncier than traditional memory foam.
About 10% of people who sleep on traditional Memory Foam components complain that they sleep hot which causes disruptions and decreases their sleep quality. Open Cell Memory Foam was engineered to combat this issue. The open cell structure (similar to latex) allows your body heat to escape easier than traditional memory foam.
At Texas Mattress Makers we have mattresses made with this open-cell foam. Our Serene Foam has tiny microscopic air capsules allowing your body heat to move through the mattress creating a cooler sleep surface while still offering the pressure relief that traditional viscoelastic foam offers.
5. Expert-Recommended Technology
The latest cooling technology our experts at Texas Mattress Makers recently started using is the Ice Blue Quilt Technology. This technology is a phase-changing material in the quilt of the mattress to help regulate your temperature. This is not a “cooling” component, rather a component that works to keep your body temperature neutral. The quilt’s technology works to prevent your body heat from being trapped which is the reason you become hotter as you lay on the surface of your mattress at night.If you’re looking for a mattress with sleeping cool in mind, be sure to ask some questions and go to a store or showroom with experts who can give you latest scoop on what new advancements have been made.
Does “Cooling Gel” Really Keep You Cool?
While there are some components that will help hot sleepers sleep cooler at night and help regulate body temperature, there are some components that are really just marketing hype. One of these components is cooling gel. To understand why mattresses that are made with cooling gel, or cooling gel memory foam, doesn’t actually make you sleep cool at night, you first have to know exactly what the component is.
What is Cooling Gel?
Cooling Gel, or Cooling Gel Memory Foam, is made by injecting liquid gel or microscopic gel beads into visco-elastic memory foam. One of the reasons this was done was because many people enjoy sleeping on memory foam but report sleeping too hot on this product. As a solution, this new, gel-injected product is marketed as helping you sleep cooler at night. However, this is largely misleading to the consumer. While the foam may be cooler to the touch initially, it will not maintain a lasting cooling effect as you continue to sleep on the mattress throughout the night.
If you’re still on the fence or confused about this product and how it does (and doesn’t) work, we offer a quick challenge. Think about a gel pack that you put in the freezer. When you take it out and place it on your body it feels cold, right? But as you keep the pack on your body, it starts to thaw and become warmer. This is because your body (the heat source) is heating up the gel. So why should the gel in your mattress be any different?
Don’t be deceived while you’re shopping – gel-infused foam mattresses might start off cool to the touch, but as you lay on the mattress, it will start to take on the temperature of your body heat, losing its cooling effect and possibly even making you hotter than you would be without it.
What Gel-Infused Foam Is Good For
Just because gel-infused foam can’t keep you cold, does not mean it’s a bad product. What this product can do, is offer pressure relief for aches and pains as well as potentially slow down the heat effect felt with traditional memory foam. However, if you’re a hot sleeper, we encourage you to really think about this component in your mattress before purchasing a mattress based on the hype created in the industry.
Our Expert Recommendations for a Cool Sleep:
Cannes Euro Top Select MattressSale!Starting At
Cannes Firm Select MattressSale!Starting At
Cannes Plush Select MattressSale!Starting At
Dublin DeluxeSale!Starting At
Geneva Copper Latex Hybrid Select MattressSale!Starting At
River OaksSale!Starting At
We’re sorry to say that there’s isn’t one magical mattress to keep you super cold at night – at least not yet anyway. But there are multiple components you can utilize (and stay away from – looking at you 100 % memory foam beds…) to keep you cooler at night. If you have any questions about a mattress or its components, our experts are happy to help whether you buy from us or not. Call us at 713-341-6252 – we’re open 7 days a week in East Downtown Houston and Katy! Or, you can email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to answer any questions you have!