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How to Stay Cool at Night

If you’re a light sleeper and don’t want a fan on your face through all hours of the night, or if have an AC that’s having a hard time keeping up with the summer highs, there is another way to stay cool at night. And no, it doesn’t involve taking a cold shower!

The latest and greatest mattress and bedding technology has come a long way, and cooling features on your pillow, sheets, and even your mattress can all be equipped to lower your body temperature so that you get the restful night’s sleep you deserve and wake up feeling fresh and invigorated. Nobody deserves to sweat through the night, so check out some of these innovative cooling products from Denver Mattress for some inspiration on keeping your bed refreshingly chilled, or follow these other fun tips to beat the heat. Staying cool while you sleep has never been easier, so chill out!


Use a pillow that doesn’t trap body heat

Did you know that the warmest parts of the human body are the head, chest, and armpits? Most of the hot carbon dioxide you breathe out while you sleep easily causes overheating and naturally warms up your pillow without your knowledge. If your head and neck are feeling toasty, the rest of your body will soon begin to sweat, so an easy solution is to counteract this process. By using a pillow that has cooling features and lighter fabric, you will ensure that your head and neck stay refreshed which will help you sleep and breathe easier.

Denver Mattress’ myMerino Pillow is made of 100% organic wool that is naturally more breathable than other synthetic fabrics and has temperature-regulating properties similar to the IsoCool ThermaZone Contour Pillow that features a 100% cotton cover and a contoured design that leads warm air away from the neck. Pillows can also include liquid gel and active air ventilated panels that wick away heat and moisture to help you sleep cool and dry. For pillows with cooling gel and air technology, check out Denver Mattress’ Balance 1.0 Self-Leveling Pillow and Therapure Side Sleeper for an optimal night’s sleep.

Choose breathable fabrics 

For your body, the easiest way to keep cool while you rest is to not cover yourself with a thick blanket! Lightweight fiber sheets are a simple solution to stay refreshed due to their no-cling stretch that will feel weightless. Materials that are naturally lighter such as linen and cotton are great for sheets, especially if they feature loose weaves and fine threads since they do not retain moisture and air. For cool bedtime sheets, Dri-Tec Performance Sheets from Denver Mattress have a featherweight feel to them and provide maximum airflow to keep you cool.

Get a mattress or a mattress protector with cooling features

If you want to get deeper into the root of the problem, don’t stop at sheets and pillows! The mattress is the most important part of your bed, so make sure that even that has cooling properties that will regulate your body temperature. Just like memory foam pillows, many mattresses and protectors today also feature gel liquid that naturally cools down the lightweight fibers that you lay on and makes sure body heat doesn’t get trapped inside.

For a cooling gel spring mattress, check out the Doctor’s Choice Elite Firm Mattress, or for a memory foam mattress infused with innovative cooling technology, check out the TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze Mattress. If you like your old mattress, you can also add a cover with cooling technology and ultra-breathable fabric. The Perfect Harmony IsoCool Mattress Pad and the 6.0 VER-TEX Temperature Regulating Performance Mattress Protector will add a flexible, lightweight cushioning layer with climate control fabric to help protect your body from the summer heat.

Other fun tips for staying cool while you sleep

  1. Adjust your fans! Make sure that your ceiling fan is running counter-clockwise and is pulling hot air up instead of circulating it around the room. Also, point box fans outwards towards the windows so they push hot air outside, instead of in. You can even use more than one fan and face them towards each other, so that you create a cross-breeze.
  1. Get creative with your sheets. Hang a wet sheet in front of an open window for an icy breeze or place your sheets in the freezer before you crawl into bed.
  1. Unplug your electronics. You might not realize it, but your phone charger and other small appliances like lamps use energy to give off heat, even when they’re turned off. Unplug and unwind!
  1. Get low. If you have an adjustable bed, set it up so that it’s as close to ground as possible. Since hot air rises, sleeping lower to the floor is an easy way to make sure that the coolest air in the room surrounds you. If it’s an option, you can also sleep downstairs instead of upstairs!
  1. Use ice. Ice packs might be obvious, but they do work! Place them under your covers or on your wrists, neck, elbows, ankles, or behind your knees for the fastest way to cool up your entire body.

Summer is here, but don’t sweat it! There are lots of ways you can cool down as you sleep through the night.

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