People sleep in many different ways. In fact, some sleep too warm, and some sleep too cold. If you are a warm sleeper, you may be uncomfortable tossing and turning all night long. You may have night sweats, and you may wake up often.
A sound sleep is elusive, and you may be frustrated. The good news is that there is help! If you are a warm sleeper, take a look at these two mattress features to learn how to lower the temperature and increase sleep.
First, though, let’s take a look at how you sleep.
Are You a Warm Sleeper?
Did you know each person has their own sleep-wake cycle as well as their own body temperature cycle throughout the day and night?
As the day goes on over 24 hours, your body temperature rises and falls. This has a lot to do with your sleep-wake cycle. A person’s core body temperature is usually about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet, it fluctuates about two degrees less than that while asleep.
As you get ready for bed, the hope is that your body temperature will drop. This helps your body release melatonin which is a hormone that promotes sleep. Then, your body temperature continues to drop and slowly rises again as the morning comes. If you’ve ever wondered why you wake in the morning, it’s because of this temperature rise, leaving you alert.
For many, though, this sleep-wake cycle doesn’t work quite as efficiently as they’d like. People who have a higher core body temperature may have a harder time getting to sleep and staying asleep.
According to one study, there is a relationship and temperature dependence between sleep and high body temperature. Warmer sleepers can’t reach that restorative slow-wave sleep.
How Can You Sleep Better?
Sometimes, people need a little help to lower their body temperature so they can sleep better.
There are a few things you can do:
- Set your thermostat between 60 and 67 degrees.
- Take a warm bath or hot tub soak before bed. After your soak, your body temperature will lower, signaling it’s time to sleep. This will help you sleep better.
- Wear breathable, lightweight, loose clothing, or cooling pajamas.
- Sleep on cooling sheets with moisture-wicking qualities.
- Send your furry friends to their own beds. Animals tend to keep us much too warm while sleeping.
- Use a fan. This lowers your body temperature. If you have a ceiling fan, set it, so it runs counter-clockwise for a more wind-like effect.
Finally, one of the best ways to sleep better is to purchase a mattress with cooling properties. Let’s look at some of these mattress features now.
Memory foam mattresses and even some hybrids are known for their incredible comfort level. They conform to the body and help people wake up feeling refreshed with less pain. Yet, what makes them extra comfortable also makes them warmer because memory foam can trap heat.
So, some companies have worked hard to minimize heat retention and make memory foam mattresses much cooler.
At Mattress Outlet, our mattresses use CoolingGel™ memory foam. This incredible cooling gel diminishes the effects of warmer temperatures and body heat. In addition, our CoolingGel™ uses gel beads to attract the heat and wick it right away.
Our Bed in a Box hybrid mattress uses an open design. This helps because the open design supports appropriate airflow. Sleepers find that this uber-efficient design increases the air circulation inside your bedding materials.
Many sleepers appreciate this extra breathability because it ensures you stay cool and dry throughout the night from the amazing heat transfer.
Live in a hot, steamy, and humid climate? The cooling gel works there, too!
#2: Temperature Control
Hybrid mattresses tend to offer greater temperature control. Why is this?
When you buy a hybrid mattress, you may learn it’s made from a combination of memory foam, gel, or latex, with a supportive layer made from innersprings. Together, they work to give room in the mattress structure for better airflow.
This improved airflow helps diminish heat retention from the upper comfort layers.
So, talk to us, and let us help you find the right mattress for warm sleepers.
It’s very common to sleep hot. Both adults, teens, and children may feel too warm when they sleep, and they may be uncomfortable.
If you’re a warm sleeper, try using cooling mattress features such as cooling gel and temperature control to find the perfect mattress that will work for you. Sometimes we need a little support to sleep naturally cooler.
If you’re ready for a mattress that has features that cater to someone who sleeps warm, we can help. Contact us today!