Summer is (pretty much) here, and it is finally time to switch over from winter coats and blankets to lighter, breezier things.
Most people revel in the summertime months, but one area that can be a struggle is the warmer nights. Sleeping hot can be uncomfortable and disruptive so that a person doesn’t get the rest they need.
There are lots of reasons a person might get hot at night — night sweats can be a symptom of being sick, the heat might be radiating off of a partner, or the blankets and pyjamas might just be wrong for the season.
But another often overlooked factor is that the mattress might be retaining too much heat, making it the wrong fit for a person’s body. When a person sleeps at night, body heat transfers to the mattress, which then retains the heat. And it goes on like that as the body tries to regulate its temperature and the mattress continues to absorb the heat radiating off of them.
So knowing that it’s about to get hot out there, you might want to ask yourself the question: What type of mattress is best for summer?
There are a few options out there that are great for helping the body stay cool at night.
4 Mattress Options For Summer
Organic, natural latex mattresses are a fan favourite. Once purchased, many people will wonder how they ever lived without them. Latex mattresses have an open-cell structure, so that air doesn’t get trapped and overheat as the body rests. There is built-in breathability to these mattresses.
Latex mattresses come in all sizes, as well as toppers if you are not interested in replacing your whole mattress.
2. Cooling Gel Memory Foam
Foam mattresses of the past were known for retaining heat and hot sleepers turned their backs on them. New memory foam options, however, contain the latest sleep technology fibres plus cooling gel beads that absorb and release excess heat within the mattress, leaving the surface a lot more comfortable. You can find these in mattress toppers or full mattress options.
Even though this can almost feel outdated, technology has come a long way over the years. If you can get the image of old, bouncy metal springs out of your mind, you can be receptive to new innerspring mattresses that let in a lot of airflows and are great for hot sleepers and make for excellent summertime mattresses.
You might have noticed over the last few years an explosion of new mattresses on the market, each claiming their own technology. A lot of the newcomer mattresses focus on combining materials and technology to offer people the comfiest possible sleep. And many of them focus on how to help people who sleep hot by providing cooling gel, latex, and “phase-changing material,” which claims to pull away from body heat and actively cool you down.
The type of mattress that is right for you is going to depend on so many factors — body size, how hot you sleep, how warm it gets in the summertime.
If you are a hot sleeper, you should be looking for a mattress that either actively cools you down, or allows for a lot of airflows, or both. A mattress is a very personal piece of furniture so it’s a good idea to do some research before making the purchase.