Why Do I Overheat on a Memory Foam Mattress

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Memory foam mattresses, toppers, and pillows are incredibly comfortable and offer some health and comfort benefits that other materials cannot.

The main drawback – memory foam retains heat and for some people, it’s just too warm, especially in the summer months.

Being too hot while you’re trying to get to sleep is a pretty big issue. It’s frustrating not getting enough sleep, causes you to be tired and lack concentration, not to mention over health issues over the long term.

So, what can you do to stop overheating while sleeping on memory foam mattresses?

There are a number of different things. Here are some of the best ways to lower your temperature and give you a more comfortable night’s sleep.

Have a read through a see if you can implement one or more of the following:

Ways to Combat Overheating on a Memory Foam Mattresses

Use a Cooling Mattress Topper

There are some really good cooling mattress toppers available. These are thin layers of material that provide some extra support while helping to regulate your temperature and cool down your core temperature.

You can check out some of the best gel toppers here. They also contain antimicrobial agents and are typically hypoallergenic too. So a great choice if you’re bothered by allergies while sleeping.

Use a Lower Tog Duvet

Use a Lower Tog Duvet

If you check your duvet it will have a tog rating. The higher the tog, the more ‘thermal resistance’ it has, meaning the thicker and warmer the duvet is.

If you’re switching to memory foam and finding you’re much warmer than before, it’s time to switch to a lower tog rating duvet.

To give you an idea of how the tog affects the warmth, 4.5 is a summer duvet, 7.5 tog is good going into spring and autumn, and 13.5 is a nice warm winter tog.

Use Cool and Breathable Sheets

The type of sheet you sleep on can make a huge difference to how hot you are overnight. 100% cotton sheets for example are breathable and will allow decent airflow to help keep your temperature lower.

While synthetic sheets do the opposite. They don’t breathe well and will effectively lock in heat. If you currently get too hot while sleeping check the label on your sheets, this is likely part of the cause.

Use a Fan or Open Window for a Fresh Breeze

Use a Fan or Open Window for a Fresh Breeze

Few things are more satisfying than a fresh breeze on your face when it’s hot and you’re getting to sleep. Depending on where you live you might prefer to have a window open or a fan in your room.

Lowering the temperature in your room will help to lower your temperature. The less heat you’re generating, the less heat your memory foam mattress will give back.

Use a Cooling Pillow

Cooling pillows are a great way to help keep you cool. They can help with night sweats, headaches, or just generally lower your temperature.

They are typically pretty comfortable too. You can pick up a memory foam gel pillow, that’s a normal memory foam on one side, and has a gel pad on the other. So you can choose what you sleep in depending on how hot you are.

Have a Cold Shower Before Bed

Have a Cold Shower Before Bed

Having a cold shower isn’t the most comfortable experience, but if it’s going to give you a better night’s sleep it’s something you need to weigh up.

Your temperature when you get into bed and lay on your memory foam mattress is going to make a massive difference to how quickly you get too hot.

In Summary

Avoiding overheating while sleeping on memory foam starts with keeping yourself, and your bedroom cooler.

If you’re considering memory foam for the first time don’t let the fear of being too hot put you off. Most people don’t even notice, but if you’re reading this you’re part of that percentage of the population that do find it gets too hot.

There are lots of measures you can take to ensure you have a much more comfortable and restful night’s sleep. I hope you found this post helpful!