The best bed for hot sleepers

Your body temperature affects your sleep – whether it’s too hot, too cold, or just right. Perhaps you’re the one tossing and turning because you’re too hot to sleep, while your lucky partner has long since drifted off. You may have invested in top quality sheets, blankets and pillows, but did you know that the breathability and heat retaining properties of your mattress have a huge bearing on your sleep temperature? In fact, your mattress may be the real key to how hot or cold you ultimately feel. There are a few simple things to look for in a new mattress and accessories if temperature in bed is a problem for you:
Temperature control
A slight drop in body temperature helps you fall asleep, which helps explain why you toss and turn on hot nights. So if you have heating or air conditioning, try setting the thermostat a little lower than is comfortable when you’re up. If you share a bedroom, you may have to try a few temperature settings to find a happy medium that lets you both sleep well.
Layer up
You may find that having a couple of wool or cotton blankets suits you better than just one thick duvet. This is like layering your clothing during the day, and allows you to add or subtract a layer during the night to set your temperature at ‘just right’. Choose natural fibres if possible for your covers: 100% cotton, bamboo, linen and wool are all good choices for hot sleepers and warm nights as they breathe and may wick moisture more effectively.
Get size wise
The size of your bed will also make a difference if you sleep with a partner – especially if they’re a ‘hot sleeper’. It makes sense to choose the biggest bed you can for your bedroom. Simply allow a bit of space when sleeping, and you may find you’re no longer too hot in bed.
Material things
The fabric composition of the quilting or top panel of your mattress can also make a difference to hot sleepers with their natural cooling properties. Breathable layers such as cotton, wool, silk and cashmere are ideal. If you perspire, these fabrics may also help to wick moisture away from your body. The Sleepyhead Climatex Quilt layer combines a super breathable, premium high loft fibre with Dreamfoam to both cool and provide comfort.
Cool comfort
The type and thickness of the comfort layers on your mattress can affect your sleeping temperature. Generally speaking, the softer your mattress, the cosier you’ll be. This is because you’ll sink into a soft mattress more, so there’s less airflow around your body. Comfort layers like gel infused memory foam and Dreamfoam will feel cooler and can help with temperature regulation by gently dissipating body heat. Sleepyhead mattresses offer a wide range of comfort layer options, and can be configured to suite either hot or cold sleepers.
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