Everything You Need for a Cooler, Less Sweaty Night of Sleep
All product-testing done by an honest-to-goodness sweaty sleeper
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July unofficially marks the beginning of “sweaty summer.”
After we get over the highly-anticipated, jovial first month of summer, post-Fourth of July we are left traveling through sticky high, humid temps and waking up in pools of our own sweat. Yes, this one’s for the hot sleepers among us.
It seems no matter how high you crank your AC up, you’re still plagued by uncomfortable nights of sleep to go along with those higher electricity bills. So what you need to do is invest in some cool-sleeping products that’ll help you achieve a better summer night’s sleep, because we all know sleeping soundly is up there with eating and drinking — it’s extremely important.
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To aid you in building the ultimate cool sleeping bed, I — InsideHook’s resident sweaty sleeper — have tested a bunch of products that have not only kept me cool but have provided me with a more supportive and comfortable sleep. The list below includes sleep products with cooling properties designed specifically to release heat and help airflow while you sleep, without forgoing your ever-important design aesthetic.
Let’s start with the big boi: your mattress. If you’re in the market for a new one, your search should start and end with Casper. The bed-in-a-box mattress brand has grown incredibly popular over the years, and for good reason. Their foam mattresses are built so all types of sleepers — back, front, side and hot — get an ache-free, comfortable good night’s sleep.
Unlike other foam mattresses that retain heat, Casper’s mattresses include an advanced cooling system that helps you maintain that perfect cooled temp all night. And the brand’s newest mattress, the Wave Hybrid, does it the best. The mattress is stacked with three layers of breathable foam that allows hot air and body heat to escape to ensure you don’t overheat. And for added measure, the top layer includes a thin coating of cooling gel on top of the perforated foam. All this is coupled with supportive memory foam and “spin-aligning gel pods,” so there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for coolness.
You may recognize Buffy from their brightly colored, inviting Instagram ads, but what you might not know is the home goods brand makes well-built, good-looking sleeping products that are also good for the planet.
And the Buffy Breeze Comforter may be the best thing I’ve slept with in a while. The Breeze is made with a temperature-regulating, cool-to-the-touch, 100% eucalyptus shell and fill. Eucalyptus is naturally breathable so unlike polyester or down, this comforter will keep you snug without trapping you in heat.
Buffy sources their eucalyptus from renewable forests in Austria that use ten times less water than cotton, so you can sleep a little easier while you dream of a waste-free production world.
If you’re anything like me and have not given a single shit about the quality of your pillows and consequently have woken up every day for a number of years with searing neck pain, it’s time to improve your neck game.
After literally one night’s rest with COOP Home Goods’ Eden Pillow, I felt a substantial difference and was shocked to discover neck pain is not simply an unavoidable product of life. However, the Eden Pillow is not just built for neck and back support — it’s got cooling properties and a “choose your own adventure” kind of asset that’s quite cool.
The pillow is filled with a soft blend of cross-cut, gel-infused memory foam and microfiber which produces a cooling effect, so you don’t have to keep flipping your pillow over. It also comes with extra filling, so you can add or take out as much as you want in order to achieve your desired support. While the pillow’s breathable case is crafted from sustainable bamboo — a naturally breathable fiber — for additional airflow and comfort.
There are about a thousand “cooling,” “breathable” sheets on the market, but do they feature world-premiere infrared-transparent fabric? LifeLabs’ CoolLife technology works by moving body heat away from your skin, which is exactly what this hotel-rate, 450-thread-count sheet set does while you comfortably snooze.
If you’re looking to coolify your sleep space without sacrificing your bedroom’s aesthetic, look no further than this luxe duvet cover from Parachute. Crafted in Portugal from high-end European flax, the brand’s Linen Duvet Cover is soft, protective and of the duvet covers we’ve tried — pleasantly light.
You anxious sleepers have not been forgotten. Weighted blankets, if you’re unaware, alleviate anxiety and stress, help with insomnia and ADHD, and overall, improve your quality of sleep. Of course, the extra weight makes it harder to release body heat, but with this Cooling Blanket from premier weighted blanket brand Gravity, you my anxiety-ridden friend, can have it all.
The Cooling Blanket comes in 15, 20, and 25lb weights, three neutral colors and features all the same weighted technological properties as the brand’s best-selling original Gravity Blanket, but with a moisture-wicking duvet to make sure you stay cool — and calm — all night long.
Believe it or not this unassuming mattress pad is equipped with not one, but two layers of temperature regulating technology that’s got NASA’s stamp of approval. Made with 40% NASA-approved Outlast viscose and a 60% cotton top cover, this pad expertly regulates body heat.
Formulated with the same advanced cooling technology as the brand’s CoolLife Sheet Set (above), LifeLabs’ minimalist, thermoregulating sleep tee, while made with a durable piqué knit, feels barely there on the skin. It’s quick-drying (for you night sweaters) and continuously cools your body down to a dreamy temp.
Protect your mattress and keep cool. Casper’s Breathable Mattress Protector features a spacer knit design that helps increase airflow and a fluorine-free, water-resistant finish. It’s also completely machine washable — and for a limited time, 50% off.
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