The Best Mattresses for Hot Sleepers
When we sleep, we give off heat to lower our body temperature. That body heat then gets absorbed by our mattress, sheets, and blankets, which causes many of us to get hot during the night. For some of us who sleep cool, a mattress’ ability to retain our body heat is a plus. For those who sleep hot, mattresses that absorb too much heat are undesirable. If you are one of those people, you want to find a mattress that has good temperature neutrality.
You can always buy a heating or cooling pad to go on top of your mattress to help control your body temperature while you sleep, but there are plenty of mattresses out there that do a good job of keeping you cool without any add-ons.
What to Look For
Innerspring and hybrid mattresses tend to stay cooler, because they are less dense, which allows for greater airflow through the mattress. Many innerspring and hybrid mattresses have gel-infused layers that also help with airflow and temperature control.
Latex is also a very breathable material, so latex beds can be great for those who tend to sleep hot. You get excellent air circulation with a latex bed, which counters the heat your body naturally emits while you sleep.
Memory foam mattresses, being very dense, retain much more of your body heat than other mattress varieties. Those who sleep hot may want to steer clear of memory foam beds for that reason. If you are someone who sleeps hot, but you love the conforming feel of a memory foam bed, there are some that stay cooler than others.
Our Recommendations for a Cooling Mattress
Saatva. The Saatva mattress is our #1 mattress overall, and a great option when it comes to temperature neutrality. Its traditional innerspring design with individually-wrapped coils gives the mattress great airflow, which makes for a cooler sleep for you. With three different firmness levels to choose from, and a 120-night sleep trial you’re sure to get the right mattress for you.
Zenhaven. Put simply, the Zenhaven is the best luxury latex mattress on the market, and latex is a great material for those who sleep hot. Zenhaven’s latex has an open cell structure which allows for greater air circulation and counters body heat to promote cooler sleep.
Loom & Leaf. As previously mentioned, the density of memory foam causes beds made from the material to retain much of your body heat. So If you are a hot sleeper, but really love memory foam beds, the Loom & Leaf is for you. Loom & Leaf’s proprietary Spinal Zone Gel layer and breathable airflow channels keep you cooler than most memory foams while you sleep.
Eight Sleep. If you’re a hot sleeper who likes a smart bed, the brand new Eight Sleep Pod is the ultimate in temperature control technology. It is the first bed to offer the ability to thermodynamically cool and heat the surface of the mattress. It will automatically adjust the temperature according to what your body needs, so you stay in deep sleep longer. These temperature controls can also be customized on each side of the bed, in case your partner has different temperature preferences.
DreamCloud. The DreamCloud is an outstanding, 15” thick, luxury hybrid mattress that has both coils and latex at its core. Two materials that promote airflow and keep you cool while you sleep, which makes the DreamCloud a very good choice for hot sleepers. It truly is one of the cooler mattresses you can find with top layers (cashmere blend cover + gel-infused memory foam) that make it extremely breathable.