It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you’re tossing and turning because you’re hot or sleeping next to a partner who is. The best temperature for a good night’s sleep is somewhere between 60 and 70 degrees, but with high summer temperatures (even at night), it can be difficult and expensive to keep your room that cool. Don’t sweat! We’ve got some sleep tips for hot sleepers to help you cool down and sleep better.
Sleep Tips for Hot Sleepers
Is your bed making you hot while you sleep?
Your bed is a major factor when it comes to your sleeping temperature. The materials your mattress is made of—foam, latex, innerspring—affect your sleeping temperature.
The issue that many people have with foam mattresses is that they get stuck in traditional memory foam and therefore, get really hot while they sleep. With a Leesa or Leesa Sapira Hybrid mattress, you’ll never have this problem. We’ve created a premium foam mattress and a luxury hybrid foam and pocket spring mattress that are supportive and responsive, so you don’t get stuck in a rut, like with other foam mattresses. Plus, our mattresses are made with foam designed to promote airflow and keep you cool all night long.
Your bedding also impacts your sleeping temperature. If you’re a hot sleeper, avoid wool and satin bedding. Go for something lighter, like cotton, when choosing sheets and blankets. If you tend to sleep hotter in the summer, layer your bedding so you can stay cool in the warm months and warm in the cold months.
Choose a Cooler Pillow
We’ve been there—if your head and neck are overheated, you can’t sleep. That’s why your pillow is also an important consideration if you’re a hot sleeper. You want to find the right pillow for your sleeping position, whether you’re a side, back, or stomach sleeper, but you also need a pillow that’s breathable. The same goes for pillow material as it does for mattress material. Certain materials sleep hotter than others.
If you’re ready for a cooler pillow, try Leesa. The Leesa pillow is designed to help promote airflow, sleep cool and give you the support you need from your pillow. The Leesa hybrid pillow is also a great option if you’re a hot sleeper. It’s made with cool-to-the-touch fabric and a reversible side with a cooling insert.
Sleep Tips for Hot Sleepers
Besides a cooler mattress and light bedding, try these sleep tips to beat the heat.
Choose cool, light pajamas. While silk pajamas are comfy, they’re not as cool as cotton. You want to sleep in something that’s breathable to stay cool. The looser, the better, too.
Freeze your sheets before bed. If you’re sunburnt (or just really hot), stick your sheets in the freezer in a plastic bag for a little while before you put them on your bed. They won’t stay cool all night, but they’ll be nice and cold when you climb in bed.
Use a box fan to your advantage. If you set up a box fan so it’s blowing out of your room, it will pull some of the hot air out of the room. You can also point it toward you. Put a bowl of ice behind it for an even cooler breeze.
Cooldown quickly. If you’re really hot, cool down quickly by holding an ice pack anywhere you can feel your pulse—your wrists, neck, etc.
Avoid cuddling. We know, there’s nothing better than cuddling with your partner, but sweating all over your partner? No thanks. You’ll both stay cooler if you stay on your side of the bed.
Keep the heat out of your room during the day. Keep blinds closed and curtains drawn during the day to keep your room cooler. That way, it hasn’t baked in the sun all day when you’re ready for bed.
What about if you don't have air conditioning? Check out these 7 tips to sleep cooler from our friends at CityLine.
Ready for a cooler night’s sleep? Choose Leesa and start getting the sleep you need.
What is a hot sleeper?
A hot sleeper is someone who can't sleep at night because they're too hot. Hot sleepers are more likely to wake up sweating and uncomfortable throughout the night. This can lead to sleeplessness and be harmful to one's physical health and well-being.