Summer Heat Blues: Best Mattress for Sleeping Hot
Did you know that you can regulate your sleeping temperature just by selecting the right mattress? While Oregon is praised for its relatively mild summer weather, July and August temps are creeping into the mid-90’s, making a good night’s sleep particularly elusive for people who tend to “sleep hot.”
When shopping for a new mattress, most folks tend to focus on comfort and support. After these two vital factors, material and heat retention are undoubtedly the most important aspects to ask about. Since memory foam, latex and traditional spring bed materials perform differently in the context of temperature regulation, there are many variables to consider when choosing the best mattresses for sleeping hot.
Here at Mattress World Northwest, our Sleep Specialists hear all kinds of customer complaints about their old mattresses, but none more so than the problem of sleeping hot. This can lead to excessive sweating, tossing and turning and an inability to enjoy the health restoring benefits of REM sleep.
Best mattresses for sleeping hot
In truth, every brand and type of mattress retains some degree of heat, from your $500 model to your $3,000 luxury mattress. But some materials do promote air circulation better than others, especially the newer hybrid beds featuring memory foam infused with a cooling gel. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right sleep set up for you and your mate?
Here’s a breakdown of mattress materials that can help you sleep cooler through the night:
- Cooling Gel Memory Foam: Older memory foams were notorious for trapping heat, leaving sleepers little recourse during especially hot summer nights. Newer foams, featured in bedding offered by manufacturers such as Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Sealy offer revolutionary fibers and cooling micro gel beads that release excess heat, keeping the mattress surface at a much more comfortable temperature.
- Don’t overlook innerspring mattresses, which can distribute heat 25 percent better than older memory foam mattresses. Customers report that cotton comfort layers, which are wrapped around pocket coils, don’t retain much heat, letting you snooze soundly even amid soaring temperatures.
- Breathability of latex – Whether you opt for an organic (natural) latex bed or synthetic, the material can’t be beat when it comes to ventilation. On top of built-in breathability, latex mattresses also facilitate air movement as you move during your sleep. This is due to the open cell structure of latex, which is further punctuated with tiny pinholes that circulate air constantly.
The bottom line is that you spend one-third of your life in bed, so why not invest smart and choose a mattress that is not only comfortable, but actually promotes a good night’s sleep. If you’re not ready to plunk down some cash on a new mattress that sleeps cool, you may consider purchasing a “cooling mattress pad,” some of which use water to lower the temperature of your sleeping surface.
Mattresses to help regulate temperature
If you’re sleeping hot and are in the market for a new mattress, we hope you’ll stop by one of our eleven Oregon outlets, where our helpful Sleep Specialists are happy to explain which options are likely to suit you.