Cool Sheets, Pillows, and Mattress Pads

If you stay warm, or shall I say almost "sizzlin' hot" like I do, a combination of a set of cool sheets, a cooling mattress pad, a breathable topper and a bed fan can make all the difference in getting a good night's sleep.

Best Bed Sheets for Keeping Cool

There are several types of sheets that don't retain heat. 

1.  100% Cotton Sheets

Invest in 100% cotton sheets.  Sheets with polyester retain more heat and are not as breathable.  Thread count and the type of cotton determines the quality and feel of the sheets. 100% Egyptian cotton sheets have the best quality and feel. 

cotton organic sheet

We are happy with these cool organic 100% cotton percale sheets purchased on Amazon.  They are a 200 thread count percale sheets that is pure certified organic cotton. Percale is a tight weave which makes for a crips, cool feeling sheet.  The fitted sheet fits mattresses up to 19" deep. 

They come in all sizes from twin, full, queen and king in an assortment of colors.  Two pillowcases are included.

Under the Canopy Organic Cotton Urban Edgelands Sheet Set

2.  100% Pima Cotton

100% pima cotton (trademark name of Supima) sheets are made of American upland cotton which is the most common cotton and is less expensive but also a courser and rougher texture.

3.  Percale Sheets

Percale sheets offer a crisp, cool feel so if you tend to get hot at night or have hot flashes or flushes, this is the better sheet to invest in. A cotton polyester blend looks great out of the dryer but can also make you sweat at night. Amazon offers a set of percale Egyptian cotton sheets for a great price here: 300 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Percale Sheets

4.  Moisture Wicking Sheets

If you find yourself waking up at night from night sweats then I suggest you get sheets that will help to wick away any moisture.  They may prevent you from having to remove your sheets in the middle of the night. Cool Sensations Moisture Wicking Sheets.

5.  Bamboo Bed Sheets

cool sheets

My latest search in trying to keep cool at night has led me to an investment in a set of bamboo sheets.  I read all the reviews on Amazon and decided to give them a try.  Bamboo is an all natural fiber and has a smooth, silky, cool feel to them.  Combined with my cooling gel mat, I have been sleeping through the night instead of waking up a couple of times because I have gotten too hot.

This set has a 300 thread count and requires that you wash them in cold water only.

King Bamboo Sheet Set

Use the delicate cycle with mild detergent. I use Charlie's "Laundry Powder" and loved how they came out of the dryer. Remove immediately after drying with low heat cycle. Do not keep drying the sheets longer than is needed and remove them right away as soon as they are dry. Do not use hot water or bleach. Bleach will damage and weaken the fabric. A mixture of baking soda and white vinegar in the wash cycle can help whiten them naturally. Also do not use a fabric softener as it can also cause harm to the linen fabric.

Cooling Mattress Pad

Your new mattress can cause lots of heat retention - especially the memory foam ones.
cooling mattress pad

Many people are finding they are unhappy with their new mattress for just this reason.  Besides getting rid of it and getting a new mattress you can try putting on either a cooling mattress pad or a down feather bed. 

Your mattress or your mattress cover can cause heat retention.  Waterproof mattress covers will trap heat because they are not made of breathable fabric and body heat can't escape. 

You can try an extra thick mattress topper to help keep you cool at night.  This one is made out of down alternative and is about 2.5" thick. Many people who sleep on their side and get hip pain find that this plush pad turns their too firm bed into  a comfortable bed.

Extra Plush Double Thick Fitted Mattress Topper - Made in America, Queen Pad

Down Featherbed

Pay attention to any mattress toppers. Many of the memory foam toppers retain heat. We bought a foam mattress topper for our bed, but had to remove it because it trapped and retained body heat waking me up several times at night

We purchased a new mattress and although it does not have the memory foam it still sleeps "hot" compared to our old mattress.  It cost us another $250 to purchase a down mattress cover, but it has been worth it.

cool sleeping

I'm not waking up hot in the middle of the night anymore - so whether it is the down mattress cover or just coincidence I'm not sure - but we like the added extra comfort and I like sleeping through the night.

I went by which featherbed had the highest ratings at Amazon and the Sleep Solutions Luxury Down Featherbed Top had the most stars.  The cover is made of 100% cotton and the baffled stitched keeps the feathers from clumping together.  The topper is nice and thick and we are very pleased with the quality - but more importantly how it keeps me cooler at night.

Luxury Down-Top Feather Bed

Cooling Bed Pad

In my effort to reduce my night time wake ups from being overheated, I decided to try the

Sleep Better Iso-Cool Quilted Mattress Pad.   We also have the thick feather bed on top of that.   The combination seems to be working as I am waking up less often and find that this nicely quilted pad somehow reduces the heat build up.

Or for less expense try the Gel'O Cool Pillow Mat. I place mine, not on my pillow, but down at my feet where air from the bed fan blows - so now it's not just cool when I get in bed - but stays cool thanks to the fan.

The mat helps to disperse and dissipate the heat. You can also place it on your pillow for something cool for your head - but of course after a while - the "coolness" is gone because of it absorbing heat from your head. In the summer I put my gel mat in the freezer for one hour and then place it on top of my bottom sheet. You can also put it in the fridge if you want the gel mat really cold.

The pad measures 11 x 22.  Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for about 30" and the "coolness" will last longer.  You can also place the pad on the inside or outside of your pillow case.  The Gel'O Cool Mat works by dispersing heat away from your body.  What I also like about it is that I can take it with me when I travel - just roll it up and it fits nicely in my suitcase.

Gel'O Cool Pillow Mat 11 x 22"

Cool Pillow

cool pillow

The bedgear cool pillow uses three strategies for helping you to stay cool.

Ver-Tex Cool Touch Fabric deflects the heat so it stays cool throughout the night. It keeps a cool feel because the heat is expelled away from your head while you are sleeping.  The ventilated panels keep air flowing and moves the heat away from your head and shoulders so there is less waking up hot. The third feature is what bedgear calls React foam which is a foam blend that contours to your body and alleviates pressure points while supporting your head, neck and shoulders. Last but not least, the bedgear cool pillow is made in the USA.

There are lots of different cooling pillows available - most are made of memory foam which I don't like. I like a pillow made of natural, breathable material like these buckwheat pillows.

The buckwheat hulls allow air to circulate throughout the pillow which helps to keep it cool.

The hulls are 100% organic, grown totally without pesticides or herbicides. 100% unbleached cotton fabric  is used for the pillow case. The pillow includes a zipper to allow you the option of removing hulls and adjusting the pillow to fit your exact needs.

People with neck pain often find better support and pain relief using this type of pillow.  I have been using mine for over 6 months.  I got the king size. It took a little getting used to - but it does help keep my head cooler than my feather pillows and I like how it adjusts to my neck. 

Organic Buckwheat Pillow

You can also use the Penguin Pillow Mat to cool your pillow. The cooling gel keeps me cool for several hours.

I like that I can place it on top of my pillow, down by my feet or under my hips.  I keep it in the fridge during the day and take it out just before bedtime.  The mat works by absorbing body heat and transfers it through the gel material to the other parts of the mat that's not touching the body.  Do not put in a washing machine, simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and air dry.  Do not put this one in the freezer

Penguin Cooling Pillow Mat 12.2 x 22 inches

Bed Fans

bed fans

Place a Bed Fan at the end or the side of your bed. 

The fan can be adjusted to different settings, but provides cool air flow between the top and bottom sheets.  Be sure the top sheet is tucked tight around the fan so that the air flows onto your bottom sheet and doesn't escape. 

Our bed is a little high, so I placed a couple of books under the fan so that it is raised and the air is flowing better. 

The higher the fan, the louder the hum, which I like because now it's also serving as a white noise machine.

Bed Fan

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