The custom-contouring nature of memory foam emanates from its ability to regulate temperature. The material features visco-elastic polymers that react to your body’s heat through giving away and softening thus enabling the material to ‘custom-contour,’ regardless of the sleeping position. Of great importance to note is that every memory foam product, from pillows and bed toppers to mattresses boasts this amazing feature.
While the regulating temperature feature of a memory foam mattress remains valuable, at times, because of many reasons, there is a need to cool your mattress. For instance, some mattresses might react to the temperature of your body in a negative way.
What does this mean? It means that you might sweat at night, your mattress absorbs the sweat but fails to cool your body. The softer a memory foam mattress becomes, the more heat it retains. The heat issue is more prevalent in the summer and due to other reasons, that you will learn in this primer.
Relationship Between Sleep and Temperature
For you to enjoy a stress-free sleep at night or even during the day, you need a healthy and comfortable environment. One of the factors that affect the comfort or otherwise of your sleep is temperature. So, what’s the idyllic temp for the best sleep? You need to maintain it at 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Well, the science behind sleep and temperature is this – the internal temp of the body changes within 24 hours. The procedure is known as the circadian rhythm. Just when you are about to step into your bed, the body starts to shed warmth. Afterward, it cools down as you sleep heavily, reaching the lowest point almost daybreak. For this reason, a cool (not cold) room and the mattress are handy at ensuring you achieve the optimum temperatures for a great night’s sleep.
How To Cool Memory Foam Mattress
1. Use a Breathable/Cooling Mattress Protector
A breathable mattress protector allows hot or warm air to escape. Manufacturers utilize certain fabrics to ensure a mattress cover guarantees sleep-friendly temperatures. They weave special ventilation grids into a mattress cover and then align them with perforations within the foam below.
By employing this ingenious technique, manufacturers make sure that a mattress encloser effectively regulates the temperature of your core body. Natural fibers are ideal for not only resisting allergens but also moisture-wicking and thermal regulation.
Saatva, Happsy, Zenhaven, and Spindle are some of the companies with covers featuring organic cotton coupled with wool batting for temperature regulation. Nectar’s protector boasts the impressive cooling Tencel cover.
Amerisleep and Bear utilize Celliant to guarantee superior cooling as well as health benefits that are clinically proven.
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2. Use a Bed Fan
With the best bed fan, you can kill two or rather three birds with one stone. In other words, there is more to a bed fan than just cooling your memory foam mattress. In addition to that, this gadget is handy for those that desire to keep their air conditioning cost down. Secondly, bed fans act as a lullaby to those into sleeping through the sound of a fan.
Today, countless bed fan models are available each bringing with an array of features to suit your needs. So, what makes bed fans special than air conditioners in terms of mattress cooling? As aforementioned, these gadgets are unique due to their energy efficacy and conservation nature thus helping you bring your surging electricity bills.
The three types available include:
- Advanced – Advanced bed fans incorporate heated, cooled or water air coupled with other advanced features like programmable cycles and temperature settings to guarantee optimal temps within your mattress for a comfortable sleep.
- Passive – These are handy at alleviating overheating instead of bringing down temps. Through passive cooling tech, you can be able to wick away moisture, prevent heat retention and enhance airflow.
- Active – A major perk of this tech is more antagonistic. It cools you down when already hot instead of averting heat. For instance, if you wake up to a hot flash, by turning your active bed fan one, you will be able to enjoy cooler temps.
3. Consider Buying a Gel-Infused Memory Foam
Countless memory foam types exist. Among them, the popular in terms of cooling ability is gel-infused foam. For this reason, you need to choose a mattress whose top layer is gel foam. The fact that it boasts a higher density compared to regular foam means it provides improved pressure-relief as well.
On top of that, gel offers instant coolness sensation when you lie on it. Because of slow heat retention, you can remain cooler in bed for extended periods compared to when resting on regular foam.
Loom & Leaf is one of the leading mattress companies that strategically places gel pads for purposes of relieving pressure and cooling. Other companies like Nest Bedding, Muse, Ghostbed and Nectar usually infuse foams with swivels or gel beads. Gel foams are normally convoluted or perforated for efficient distribution of heat.
When your mattress is not ventilated properly, it eventually heats up rendering it ineffective. Consequently, you should ensure that your mattress enjoys proper ventilation.
4. Change your Bed Base or Foundation
The type of foundation you choose for your mattress plays a big role in how your mattress behaves in terms of temperature regulation. Some foundations are better at helping your mattress to handle control of air thus controlling temperature. For instance, a solid foundation without slats makes the mattress retain heat thus making it very warm when you sleep. The contrary happens with slats.
The rule of thumb to always remember is that great airflow translates to a cooler night. Bed bases that feature additional space below facilitate the great flow of air which goes miles to reduce the temperature. Ultimately, you can sleep comfortably and soundly at night.
5. Use Waterbed Pillows
Did you know that our bodies tend to get hot when our heads do the same? Now you know! Because of this fact, to cool the rest of the body, you must begin by cooling the head. An effective way of achieving this goal is by placing your head on a water-filled (read waterbed) pillow.
So, what is so special about these pillows when it comes to temperature regulation? In addition to featuring an adjustable fullness and height, they also restrict the accumulation of heat which is very common with the regular pillows.
Just like their name suggests, they contain water surrounded by a filler of polyester for the utmost coolness. Reducing or adding water adjusts the fullness of your pillow.
Other Ways for A Chill Sleeping Experience
In addition to putting in place the measures we have outlined above; the following strategies will also help you enjoy a cool sleeping experience:
- Maintain your thermostat within the 60 – 75 degree Fahrenheit range. This minimal range will help you fall asleep more effortlessly similar to grabbing a warm shower an hour or two before sleeping.
- Avoid working out before sleeping. Exercises increase your body temperature thus making you uncomfortable in your sleep. Light stretches aren’t harmful.
- Before you sleep, turn off electronics and light two hours ahead. These produce heat and light, meaning when you turn them off, you’ll halt heat and light buildup.
- Grab one glass of cold water. Doing this, while it might make you head to the bedroom at night, it goes miles to ensuring your body chills before you rest. Taking some water is also prudent if you normally wake up feeling dehydrated and overheated.
- Be choosy on the kind of sleepwear you choose. Avoid pajamas made from polyester and silk as they have poor breathability that comes in the way of a good flow of air.
- Another strategy you can employ when it comes to cooling your memory foam mattress is by installing cooling mattress toppers or pads. These act as a barrier between your mattress and body thus regulating temperature effectively. Remember that not all mattress toppers or pad boast this ability. Choose those with a great ability for air circulation.