Everything You Need for a Cooler, Less Sweaty Night of Sleep
All product-testing done by an honest-to-goodness sweaty sleeper
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 fucking important.
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.
Wave Hybrid Mattress
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 a supportive memory foam and “spin-aligning gel pods,” so there’s no need to sacrifice comfort for coolness.
The Buffy Breeze Comforter
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 awhile. 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 as well as a “choose your own adventure” kind of asset that’s pretty damn 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.
It’s the little things that count. In this case, that particular little thing is labeling the top and bottom of the 310-thread-count fitted sheet so there’s no need to work up a sweat while figuring out which end is which. Absurdly soft and extremely breathable, these Amerisleep sheets are smoother than a duet by Carlos Santana/Rob Thomas duet and will keep you cooler than a polar bear’s toenails on a summer night. They’re also manufactured with sustainable fabric, so you can sleep guilt-free.
Gravity Cooling Blanket
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, 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.
Silk Eye Mask with Cooling Gel Insert
If you’re looking for a little extra oomph while you fall asleep, this mulberry silk eye mask from sleep brand NIGHT, includes a freezable cooling gel insert. And while the insert is intended to reduce puffy under eyes, fine lines and wrinkles, putting what is essentially an ice pack onto your face will undoubtedly provide some added refreshment.
chiliPAD Sleep System
So maybe you need some heavier duty machinery. Totally fine.
What is this contraption? It’s a sleep system that helps you regulate the temperature of your bed using a hydro-powered mattress pad, a thermal regulating control unit and silicone hydronic tubing so you don’t have to worry about any wires getting too hot. You just add water, set your desired temp using the the wireless remote (you can go as low as 55 degrees Fahrenheit) and enjoy sleeping on an air-conditioned cloud.
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