Stay Cool and Sleep Easy

Stay Cool and Sleep Easy

The best pillows and bedding for hot, sweaty sleepers

How to stay cool while sleeping

There are few things worse than trying to fall asleep when you’re hot. Who can rest when you're overheated? If you're one of the many who toss and turn come summertime—no matter how cold you try to make your place—you need to rethink your bedding. The alternative is doing nothing and letting even a small amount of sweat make you feel glued to the sheets.

According to a well-regarded 2012 study, sleep scientists have concluded that the ideal sleeping temperature is an environment between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit. When lying in bed trying to snooze, your body temperature decreases to initiate sleep—and the proposed temperatures above can actually help facilitate this. If you have air conditioning, this temperate drop can be accomplished fairly easily (while using a decent amount of energy). On the other hand, these pillows, sheets and accessories will cool you down without raising your utility bills.

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Pillows

Breathable Mesh

This squishy and ultra-comfortable pillow is covered with custom-developed fabric that stays cool and dry. Mesh panels cap the ends of the pillow and allow it to maintain airflow and remain cool all night.

Bear pillow,
$145 by Bear

Cooling Foam

Instead of simply being stuffed with filling, Malouf's pillows are actually made from a proprietary “ActiveDough” foam that's infused with a temperature-regulating gel that draws heat away from your body.

Zoned ActiveDough pillow,
$174.99 / $99 by Malouf

Buckwheat

This moldable pillow is filled with pyramid-shaped buckwheat hulls. When piled together, there are spaces between the hulls. And these pockets of air will help keep your head cool throughout the night.

Buckwheat pillow,
$27.99 by Sobakawa

Sheets

Sol Organics Percale Sheet Set

Percale

Percale is naturally very crisp, and the sleek polyester or a cotton blend is smooth, lightweight and cool against your skin.

From $99
by Sol Organics

Upstate Linen Sheet Set

Linen

Linen is made of a looser weave than your standard cotton sheet so it traps less heat. This stonewashed set is extra soft, breathable and naturally antibacterial.

From $258
by Upstate

Sheets & Giggles Eucalyptus Sheet Set

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has natural temperature-regulating properties. It's both cooling and moisture-wicking, so it's great for anyone who sweats at night.

From $97
by Sheets & Giggles

Extras

Bedside air-conditioner

The BedJet3 is a well-reviewed blower that sits under your bed, and you use a remote to blast a subtle cool breeze between the sheets via a short hose.

$499 / $399
by BedJet

Mattress topper

If you toss and turn, this cushy mattress topper improves cool air flow and dissipates heat and moisture from under your body.

From $99 / $39.99
by The Big One

Cooling weighted blanket

Swap your standard duvet for a weighted blanket that puts you at ease while keeping you cool thanks to the ultra-soft bamboo fabric.

From $86.99
by Luxome

FYI

According to a Sleep in America poll, a majority of Americans say they feel tired due to poor quality sleep rather than lack of sleep.

NOTE: Items featured in this story are independently selected by the editorial team. Purchasing via our links may earn Valet. a portion of the sale, which helps fund our editorial mission.

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