Hello. I AM MELTING. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been waking up from some crazy dreams in the middle of the night with my lower back drenched in sweat. I’ve since realized there were some environmental problems, like, uh, falling asleep while very stressed and wearing sweatpants while swaddled underneath a 20-pound comforter in an 80-degree room. But it got me thinking – how can I make the coolest bedroom ever without just turning up the AC or blowing a bunch of fans and hoping for the best?
And when I tried to look into it, I just found pages and pages of articles that were like “here are 20 cooling sheet sets” which made me feel really overwhelmed – just give me the good stuff, pal!!! The creme de la creme only, if you will.
So I did my research, asked around, read hundreds of reviews, and pulled together the 10 best-reviewed options – from a simple PJ shift dress to the best pillow ever to a $3,000 hydro-powered mattress – that will help keep your bed feeling cool and comfortable all night long. Menopause-experiencers, hot-flash havers, anxiety-induced night-sweaters, hot sleepers, folks without central air – we’re all going to get through this, together! Let’s start with the simplest solution and work our way up, yeah?
Was this technically designed for folks experiencing menopause? Well, yeah. But get a load of this: while these PJs may look sweet and simple, they’re actually super fancy – each dress cools the skin, wicks away moisture, prevents odor buildup, and re-releases heat back onto the skin when you finally start to cool down. Plus, they’re seamless, timeless, and maybe even a little stylish. (Like, this is something that a woman in a Nancy Meyers movie would wear to bed before pulling on a beautiful robe in the AM and strolling about a sun-dappled kitchen in the AM.) Dresses will run you just under $60 and there are a ton of options and cuts available for those who prefer shirts and pants, too. In any case, clothing is a good place to start before you, you know, spend hundreds – or thousands – upending your whole bed and bedding situation. (Feel free to drop any other cooling PJs in the comments!)
This is it. The best pillow (not even just for night sweat suffers – I’m talking THE best pillow, period). 2,000 5-star reviews and my emphatic, enthusiastic endorsement can’t be wrong!!! Thanks to a gel-infused memory foam insert, both sides of this puppy stay cool all night AND each pillow comes with a half-pound bag of supplementary hypoallergenic fill, so you can make yours as firm or as floppy as you want. (For my side sleepers out there, the body pillow is just as great and if you grab a long lumbar cover, it can do double duty as your main decorative pillow when you make your bed in the morning!)
Yes, linen is breathable and great…but have you ever been in a cool percale sheet? Let me paint the picture for you: imagine stepping out of an awesome shower, jumping into your clean, taut, freshly-made bed with chilled percale sheets, and rubbing your legs together underneath like a little anthropomorphic cricket. IT’S AMAZING. I love how slick these feel – and hot sleepers in the reviews agree, there’s lots of feedback that reads “crisp” and “cool” – but I also love that Parachute lets you skip the top sheet. (My top sheets have sat unused for years. A simple shift to reduce a little clutter and waste!)
This week, after a year-long love affair with my weighted comforter, I finally had to accept that it was “summer,” that I didn’t love sleeping under 20 pounds plus a duvet when it’s “90-degrees,” and that I may have been “overheating myself.” FINE. But that’s where this comforter from Buffy comes in – folks, the rumors are true. The cooling eucalyptus construction and perfect amount of fluff (not too puffy, not too flat) make it a dream for those who love feeling covered but hate feeling smothered. Plus, Buffy just dropped an even more lightweight version for folks who prefer more of a ~quilted~ look. Something for everyone!
Similarly, this weighted blanket from Bearaby is also made from eucalyptus fibers. Each piece is hand-knit and the open weave construction also helps air circulate, which keeps you cooler at night. If you think your night sweats have been brought on by stress or anxiety (guilty as charged!), testing out a weighted blanket – especially one that’s this beautiful! – may be just the thing the doctor ordered 🙂
Alright, folks. We’re stepping into the BIG LEAGUES – we’re talking sleep systems and mattress upgrades from here on out. I first learned about the BedJet – a fan that circulates air under your covers – from Arlyn, who described it as a “veritable air hockey table.” You basically pick a temperature between 66 degrees and 104 degrees, and it’ll do its best to keep you comfortable all night. Added bonus for the BedJet: the air circulation helps pull sweat and heat out of the bed and there’s so real change to your current mattress, so you’ll barely notice it’s there.
In 2020, a bunch of my friends used their stimulus checks to purchase OOLERs – and you know what? They’re SO. FREAKING. HAPPY. about it. Still. The price tag on this is no joke ($749 for half a queen; $1499 to cover a full queen bed), but it’s a hydroponic pad (AKA you put water in it occasionally and it’ll circulate) that can you can set between 55 and 115 degrees. While it seems like a hearty investment upfront, I’ve heard nothing but good reviews alongside glowing confessions of reduced HVAC bills. (Turns out that just heating or cooling the bed is a lot more affordable than heating or cooling a whole house!)
Similarly, the Eightsleep Pro Pod Cover is zipped onto your existing mattress. Just fill-up the tiny tank every few months with water and enjoy their thermoregulation technology on the mattress that you already own and love! I personally am leaning a bit more towards this one over the Ooler, as Eightsleep offers an app that can track your sleep wellness without any wearables. Oh, and did I mention that the app also offers guided meditations, white noise sleep coaching, and more? THE FUTURE IS NOW.
Don’t have a huge mattress budget? ME NEITHER, PAL. The Tuft & Needle Original mattress is actually an awesome, budget-conscious pick. It combines two layers of memory foam with graphite and cooling gel, so it’ll pull heat away from your body all night. If you prefer mattresses with springs, never fear – the air channels in the Hybrid mattress also make it a super breathable pick! For what it’s worth, a ton of EHD staffers and contributors have T&N mattresses in their own homes – it’s tough to go wrong 🙂
We’ve made it: the Tony Stark of mattresses, IMO. This is what my nerd-driven data dreams are made of, folks. I’ve been eyeing this mattress for the better part of a year, so let me break down its wild selling points: there are ambient sensors for room climate and outdoor weather so it can react intelligently; it tracks your resting heart rate, respiratory rate, etc. (where was this when I was training seriously for sports?!); it can wake you up by gently shaking or warming your side of the bed (no annoying alarm clocks!); it offers dual-zone heating and cooling; there’s also the advanced sleep tracking app we mentioned before. Cooling your bed to 55 AND getting to review arbitrary health markers every day? I’M SO SOLD. It’s like Peloton, but for sleeping. I want it SO BADLY.
And there you have it from me – the 10 products that can actually make a difference in your sleep temperature. I know there are tons of hacks out there, though, so PLEASE DROP YOURS IN THE COMMENTS. What’s worked for you to help you sleep through the night? Spill your secrets, please.
Opening Image Credits: Design by Julie Rose for EHD | Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: One of Emily’s Best Friends Gets The Cozy Yet Sophisticated Bedroom Makeover She Really Deserves