Sleep Temperature and Your Mattress
Researchers believe that some cases of insomnia may be attributed to poor sleep temperature. In the past, most mattresses were not fitted with climate control materials and features. In recent years, however, mattress manufacturers have taken this aspect reasonably seriously.
Optimal sleep temperature and a mattress is most important in creating a good night’s rest. Whether it’s too cold or too hot, temperature fluctuations cause severe discomfort in your time of rest.
Modern-day mattresses have climate control and breathable fibre on the top layer. This creates a perfect environment for regulating body temperature when sleeping.
A mattress that traps heat may be detrimental to your sleep temperature regulation.
There are, luckily, solutions to a mattress resulting in you overheating at night. These include purchasing a new bed or bettering the situation with sheets specialised in thermoregulation.
Another sleep temperature problem is being too cold. If your mattress does not have the correct climate control, this could leave you freezing in winter. For this we also have the perfect solution when choosing a new mattress, or dealing with your current situation.
Fighting off the warm summer air is one frustration. However, fighting a non-existent thermal blanket is in another league.
Upon some thought, I realised that our mattress is to blame for the nightly discomfort.
The truth of the matter is that our bed is part of an older generation of mattresses. Mattress textiles have evolved with time. Who needs their sleep temperature to go up during the night?
When dealing with a situation much like ours, you really only have two choices. You can choose the expensive route and purchase a correct, new mattress altogether, or you can try to make things work with your current situation. Let’s discuss the cheaper option first.
Working with Your Mattress
There are many textiles and materials that regulate body temperature:
- Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester in your sheets and bedding. This material traps heat and moisture, resulting in uncomfortable, sweaty nights.
- Opt for natural fibers like cotton and bamboo that are excellent moisture wicking, breathable fibers.
- Choose lightweight comforters that won’t weigh you down and trap body heat.
- Purchase additional cooling mattress toppers like wool mattress pads to keep you cool during the summer.
- Choose cooling sheets and pillow covers for the summer months.
- Use a fan/open a window to allow cooling air circulation in the bedroom.
- Uncover part of your body to release heat from under the covers.
After you’ve tried and tested the above with no difference in comfort, it might be time to consider replacing your mattress. This choice does not have to break the bank. These days, even the cheaper varieties of mattresses have the characteristic of coolness and breathability. We do recommend, however, to still stick with a higher quality of sleeper. When you’re spending on a new mattress, it won’t come cheap if you’re looking for high quality and a longer lifespan of mattress.
Do Your Homework Before You Buy
We have established that a mattress can adversely affect your sleep temperature. The feature of climate control includes breathability, moisture wicking materials. Those are essential factors that we should consider when purchasing a new bed. Who needs the most critical item in your bedroom to be your sleep enemy?
When purchasing your new mattress, opt for innerspring or hybrid memory foam beds to ensure a satisfactory sleeping temperature. Another great thing to look out for is the type of material your mattress topper is manufactured from. Choose natural fibers like cotton, wool or bamboo that wicks away moisture and provides a breathable surface.
On the contrary, you can find yourself shivering due to a mattress with “too much” cooling abilities. Our bodies normally cool down about one degree (Celsius) when we sleep to compensate for rising sleep temperatures. Sometimes, however, our sleep environment isn’t cozy enough and you’ll always find yourself waking up icy cold.
If you’ve regularly wake up cold at night, you probably do have a proper temperature regulating mattress. The problem lies in your body not heating up when sleeping. You can help facilitate this process:
- Make use of electric blankets to initially heat up your bed before going to sleep. This will help set the correct sleep temperature.
- Wear socks to bed to keep heat from escaping through your feet.
- Layer your covers to trap heat in between sheets.
- Use a memory foam topper to add additional heat to a cool bed.
- Purchase a duvet that is heavier and a higher density. This will insulate your body more and trap heat to keep you warm.
Do your sleep temperatures fluctuate? Sometimes, these fluctuations may be seasonal. They find themselves feeling hot and sweaty in summer nights, but cold and shivering during the winter. This is the case for most people.
If you find yourself among the seasonal group, change your type of bedding by the season. Use lightweight, moisture wicking sheets in the summer, and insulating covers during the winter months.
Conversely, your bed may need both cooling and heating features at once if you and your partner like different temperatures. If this is your case, try to specialize for each partner’s needs on their side of the bed. Use different comforters, separate pillow tops and sheets to cater for both your needs.
It’s important to choose the right mattress for your sleep temperature. As you’ve seen, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive endeavour. Making small changes like choosing the right sheets and comforters may already leave you sleeping at a more comfortable temperature.