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Ah, summer. The time of family barbecues, beach trips, fresh strawberries ... and waking up with sweaty sheets. And there’s not all that much you can do while you’re sleeping to beat the heat—you’re kind of unconscious, after all. Fortunately, mattress and bedding companies have risen to the occasion of summer's high temperatures, creating cooling nighttime products, from sheets to mattress pads and covers. We scoped out some of the best options to help you chill out overnight—without even touching the AC.
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1. A highly rated cooling pillow from Amazon
Researchers found that people with insomnia can find relief through cooling technology that directly targets their head. The Dream Rite Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with cooling properties, like its rayon polyester case and shredded foam fill, is one option to prevent any overnight hot-headedness. And because its fill is adjustable, you can add or remove it to meet your comfort and needs.
With nearly 5,500 positive reviews, 4.5 stars, and many who swear by the cooling properties, it’s a solid pick. One Amazon reviewer says not only does the pillow keep cool, it also helped ease neck pain.
2. A lightweight blanket that keeps you covered and comfortable
A lot of people find comfort in sleeping with some sort of cover, whether it’s blankets or just a top sheet. But in the summertime, it can be difficult to find a cover that fills the bill of not making you feel over-baked. The Utopia Bedding Premium Summer Cotton Blanket is here for the job. The blanket is made out of cotton, a natural fiber that’s known for its breathability.
Reviewers who live in hot climates swear by the blanket, and with nearly 5,000 reviews and 4.5 stars, it has a lot of fans. One happy customer writes: “My husband and I have always slept under our comforter, but it gets way too hot during Arizona summers, so I decided to buy a breathable blanket. This blanket has a decent weight to it (it’s actually not super lightweight), but it is not hot—it’s very comfortable.”
The blanket comes in twin, full/queen, and king, and six colors.
3. Sheets that won’t make you overheat
Natural fibers reign supreme in summertime. While cotton is the O.G. of breathable fabrics, bamboo is also making waves for its thermoregulatory properties. Hotel Sheets Direct sells a bamboo set that is beloved by Amazon customers, nearly 7,000 of whom rewarded it with an average of 4.5 stars.
In particular, reviewers rave about the sheets’ temp-control properties, and point out the sheet's softness as well. The most popular review left on Amazon claims the sheets are made of “golden spun angel hair fibers.” An avid fan of bamboo (and these sheets) he continues, “When I wait to enter the gates of Heaven, I’m bringing my sheets, because I’ll need a backup if their sheets aren’t this bougie.”
These sheets come in seven sizes (including irregular sizes, like twin XL, California king, and split king), and 16 colors.
4. A weighted blanket that won’t make you break a sweat
Weighted blankets are all the buzz, but with all that heft, they can be very insulating. Fortunately, Luxome sells a cooling weighted blanket that can be used year-round. On one side, the blanket has a bamboo cover meant to keep you cool, meanwhile the other is covered in a fuzzy minky fabric for when the season changes. It racked up 4.8 stars with nearly 1,000 reviews on the company website.
One writes: “I love this blanket so much I don’t know where to begin. I’m [so hot at night] that I thought I’d wake up in a pool of sweat. Not so at all! It’s so good I have trouble waking up and getting out of bed. Imagine that from an insomniac!”
The Luxome blanket comes in three sizes and weights, and seven color and fabric combinations.
5. A cooling foam topper that cradles without feeling swamp-like
We all know the feeling of flipping your pillow over to use the cool side. Unfortunately you can’t do that with your entire bed, so why not try a cooling topper? The cooling Tempur-Adapt + Cooling Topper, a specially designed version of the Tempur-Pedic Tempur Topper Supreme, is a great option. The fabric covering on this topper is designed to help keep you cool throughout the night. Reviewers like the topper, in both the cooling and regular version. One reviewer on Mattress Firm writes: “The cooling feature is amazing for the hot southern summers. We both stay cool and are able to sleep longer.”
This topper comes in regular mattress sizes, as well as Twin XL and California King.
6. A cooling cover to transform a hot mattress
Maybe you’re happy with the surface texture of your mattress but still wake up all hot and bothered because it seems to absorb heat. That’s where the right mattress pad could help. These protectors are important in keeping your bed clean, and finding one with cooling properties can contribute to making your nights a little more chill. The Oaskys Queen Mattress Pad Cover is made from a hypoallergenic down-alternative fill encompassed in breathable cotton.
The cover is loved by Amazon reviewers, with over 7,000 ratings and 4.4 stars. One reviewer raved that its soft and cooling features saved his marriage after his wife bought a “concrete slab” mattress. He writes: “From the first night, it exceeded all my hopes and dreams. I was able to sleep again! It doesn't slip off even with my tossing and turning, and it stays cool.”
The Oaskys mattress pad comes in six sizes, including Twin XL and California King.
7. A hot water bottle by day, ice pack by night
Hot water bottles have a deceptive name, as many can be used as cold packs, too. Of course, using one won’t cool your whole body, but you can use it strategically on places with veins close to the skin like your wrists, neck, and chest. This can quickly lower the temperature of the blood running through the veins, allowing you to feel cooler overall. Just be sure you don’t do it for too long, and use a cover to protect your skin.
The Attmu Hot Water Bottle is not only well reviewed but also inexpensive, and it comes with its own knit cover. The water bottle is beloved by reviewers, with over 3,000 ratings and 4.5 stars, for its versatility year-round. One writes, it’s “great for freezing and sleeping with it on a 100-degree night with no AC.”
8. A mattress that won't roast you
The Helix Midnight mattress is one of our favorite mattresses in a box for its medium-firm sensation and supportive core. But it also features cooling properties that might make it a good choice for those who sleep hot. The fabric covering is breathable, encasing a hybrid design, which combines springs and foam, which fosters airflow.
The Helix has raked in over 2,000 reviews from consumers, who've rewarded it with an average rating over four stars. Regarding the mattress' coolness, one writes: "I was using one of the cheapest memory foam beds on Amazon before I got my Helix. It was fine but way too warm for me as I sunk in a lot. The springs on the Midnight keep me much cooler while still letting me have the light memory foam feel."
The Helix Midnight comes in six sizes, including XL Twin and California King.
9. A cooling pad for your bed
If you really want to put sweaty nights to bed, you can buy an electronic cooling pad for your mattress. We tested the Chilipad Sleep System, and though it was a few steps away from perfect, our tester thought it has the potential to change your life and sleep. “If you, like me, only have a fan and an open window at your disposal, and often find that your bed becomes bog-like with sweat in the night, it could change your life—or, at least, the way you sleep,” she writes.
Online reviewers seem to agree. The product has 4.5 stars from more than 1,100 write-ups. One raves: “I’ve tried numerous mattress toppers, different blankets, fabrics, and nothing has improved my sleep as much as the Chilipad Sleep System.”
The Chilipad comes in all regular bed sizes, from twin to king.
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