Memory foam mattresses and mattress toppers are really comfortable and offer some great support while sleeping. The main drawback however, is that memory foam tends to retain heat and can be uncomfortable for some.
There are some ways to stay cooler while sleeping on memory foam however. If you’re looking for ways how to make your memory foam mattress cooler, read on.
How to Make Your Memory Foam Mattress Cooler
Choose Breathable and Cool Sheets
The materials your sheets are made from can make a huge difference to how hot you get in the night. 100% cotton is probably the best choice for all round feel, cooling, and price.
100% cotton sheets are breathable and this makes a big difference to your overall temperature. Synthetic sheets on the other hand, do the opposite, they keep heat in and trap moisture which is very uncomfortable in the hotter months.
You’ve probably heard of Egyptian cotton sheets, these are widely seen as a luxurious choice that also helps keep you cool. Look for a thread count of around 400-600 if you can. This means they are not too heavy or dense, increasing the breathability.
Bamboo sheets are also a great choice to help keep you cool. Bamboo material is quick drying, soft, breathable, anti-microbial, and they feel great on your skin. They are the eco-friendly choice is this is something that’s important to you.
Add a Cool Mattress Topper
If your bed isn’t the most comfortable then you should consider a mattress topper anyway. Mattress toppers are thin layers of material that can provide the support and comfort you need, and at the fraction of the price of replacing your whole bed or mattress.
You can still buy a thin topper to cool down your memory foam mattress and not lose any of the comfort you currently have. Mattress toppers are typically between 2 to 10 inches, so pick a thin one – you can see my reviews of the best 2-inch memory foam mattress toppers here.
Gel mattress toppers will make a difference to the surface temperature while you’re laying in bed, as well as helping to keep you cool throughout the night. They typically contain antimicrobial agents and are good for you if you have allergies too.
There are also some breathable memory foam designs such as the Littens Egg-shell profile topper. Unlike flat memory foam, this design allows lots of airflow and is certainly worth considering.
Use a Soft, Breathable Mattress Pad
Mattress pads are designed to protect your mattress, but they can also help provide a cooling layer on top of your memory foam.
Mattress pads can also be used if you have a topper. The pads go on top of the topper to protect the topper and mattress. They make cleaning your memory foam a lot easier as they absorb all the surface spills and dirt.
Pick a thin breathable cotton pad, these are much better to lay on when it’s hot than your memory foam. There are also some pads designed specifically for those who sweat a lot during the night.
Regulate Your Temperature Better
If you’re cooler your memory foam mattress is going to retain less heat. There are a few ways you can cool yourself down, consider the following:
Wear thinner pajamas – If you wear pajamas then buy some really thin cotton PJ’s. Ideally, you will not wear any in the summer but this is personal preference.
Have a cold shower – By having a cold, or cool shower before bed you can lower your core temperature and start off by being a lot cooler as you go to sleep. This can help you get to sleep quicker, and it’ll take longer for you to warm up.
Use a cooling pillow – You can check out some of the best cooling pillows here. Our heads are one of the warmest parts of our bodies. So cooling your head will make a big difference to your overall body temperature.
Cool your sheets – This might sound a little extreme, but I know a lot of people who have done this and like it – put your sheets in the freezer. Wrap them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for 2-3 hours, they will come out nice and cold. Put them on your bed and you’ll see, it feels great in the hot months.
There are lots you can do to make your memory foam mattress cooler. A lot of the idea revolve around cooling yourself down as this is just as effective.
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your health and wellbeing. Memory foam provides excellent support, and it doesn’t need to be uncomfortably hot. Try out a few of the things I’ve recommended in this article and see what works for you.
If you have any other tips to keep cool feel free to share them in the comments to help others!