We’ve reached the dog days of summer. If you’re struggling to keep your cool in the stifling heat, you’re not alone. It’s especially important that you’re comfortable when it’s time to go to bed because feeling too warm can actually prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Did you know there’s actually an ideal temperature for sleep? Sleep experts recommend that you keep your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. If your memory foam mattress is making it difficult for you to stay cool, especially during summertime, use the tips below to learn how to keep cool on a memory foam mattress.
Why Does Your Memory Foam Mattress Feel Hot Sometimes?
Although many people adore their memory foam mattress for its body-hugging comfort, this type of mattress is also known for trapping body heat. Due to its density, it is less breathable than some other mattress materials, making it more likely to absorb and retain the sleeper’s body heat. It also lacks airflow and doesn’t absorb moisture well, which can lead to overheating and sweating.
In the cooler months, this may not be an issue. But in the summertime, the warmth of a memory foam mattress can make sleeping uncomfortable. Although you can’t change the heat-retaining properties of your memory foam mattress, you can use a few methods to make sleeping on memory foam a little cooler.
How to Keep Cool on a Memory Foam Mattress
Use a mattress topper or pad.
Mattresses toppers and pads can be added to mattresses to improve their comfort. If you want to make your mattress feel cooler, choose a mattress topper made of a breathable material (such as latex, cotton, wool, or even gel-infused memory foam) to allow for heat wicking. This will help the air circulate and your body heat disperse.
Choose the right bed frame.
Because memory foam mattresses already lack airflow, it’s a good idea to purchase an open bed frame. For example, slatted beds provide strong support while also encouraging circulation. Avoid bed frames with solid bases, and don’t place your mattress directly on the floor.
Check out cooling sheets.
Sometimes simply changing out your sheets and pillows can help your bed feel cooler. Your sheets are the buffer between you and the mattress, after all, and they can have a profound impact on your comfort when you sleep. Avoid heavy, warm materials like flannel when shopping for sheets. Instead, try cooling and breathable fabrics like cotton percale or linen.
Control your sleeping environment.
Of course, you can also try to improve all of the external elements that affect your body temperature at night. Be sure that your bedroom has good airflow (you may wish to invest in a fan) and lower the temperature on your thermostat. In addition, choose your sleepwear carefully. Look for breathable, lightweight pajamas made of cotton or linen. Or, you might prefer to sleep in nothing but your underwear!
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