Being too hot at night can lead to insomnia, not to mention extra loads of laundry from the sweaty sheets. Luckily, there a few things you can do bid adieu to sweaty sleep once and for all.
1. Try a cooling mattress cover
Your current mattress could be the main culprit when it comes to the causes of sweating; memory foam mattresses tend to trap heat throughout the night and exacerbate night sweats. Make sure to choose a bed that is both comfy and cool. The best way to do this is with a cooling mattress or mattress cover. Check out a comparison of the market’s top 3 cooling solutions here, with the Eight Sleep Pod Cover coming in at #1.
The Eight Sleep Pod Cover helps you rid yourself of sweaty sleep most effectively — by cooling all the way down to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition to dropping to chilly temperatures, the Pod also makes smart temperature adjustments throughout the night, to help you fall asleep faster and achieve higher quality sleep. As Dr. Andrew Huberman explained, “what many people don’t realize is that in order to fall and stay asleep, your core body temperature has to drop by about one to three degrees. Conversely, in order to wake up each morning and feel refreshed, your body temperature actually has to increase by one to three degrees. Therefore, controlling the temperature of your sleeping environment is absolutely key.”
2. Invest in breathable, quality sheets
Don’t let your sheets be the cause of overheating. While satin may feel nice, cotton sheets are by far the best material since they are the most breathable. Here’s NY Mag’s top cooling sheets, ranked.
3. Get a cooling pillow
Sometimes all it takes to stop sweating at night is new pillow. The adjustable Carbon Air Pillow from Eight Sleep continuously gives you that “cool side of the pillow” feeling. Be sure to opt for pillowcases made of breathable fabrics as well.
4. Check the temperature of your room
If your room is too hot, then you’re bound to spend more time sweating than sleeping. Make sure the thermostat in your bedroom is set to anywhere from 63-68 degrees at night. Turn on the fan or AC if needed.
5. Hot shower
Research shows that people who take hot showers 1-2 hours bed fall asleep faster. Not only do hot showers lower blood pressure and reduce congestion, but when you exit them, your body temperature drops down after having been lifted. This signals to your body that it’s bedtime and begins your body’s natural process of cooling down.
6. Remove your bed comforter during warmer months
Chances are you have a down comforter on your bed year round. Many people don’t think of removing their comforter all together or replacing it with a thinner quilt, but this can make all the difference. You don’t go to bed in sweatpants and socks during the summer, and you shouldn’t go to bed under a giant, warm comforter either.
If you still find that you’re excessively sweating, we recommend you talk to your doctor.