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Best Bed Sheets to Help Beat the Heat

by Michael Webster

With the summer months quickly approaching, it’s going to start getting hotter and hotter. While warmer weather does lead to longer nights, it unfortunately leads to warmer nights inside your home as well. And when the heat from outside does creep into your home, it’s almost impossible to fall asleep at night.

Fans will sometimes help keep the heat down, as well as air-conditioning (of course), but both of those options are a temporary fix and can lead to a very high electric bill at the end of the month. If you’re looking for a quick way to help combat the heat this summer and get the restful sleep you rightfully deserve, cooling bed sheets could very well be the solution!

Bedroom filled with early morning sun focused on a fan with a bed in the background.

Cooling sheets are just bed sheets made in a way that offers better breathability and absorption while you sleep. There are several types of breathable materials to choose from when it comes to cooling sheets, so we broke down the best ones and how they can instantly help you stay as cool as the other side of the pillow throughout the night.

Cotton Sheets

To start things off, we’ll begin with the most common material you will find: cotton. Cotton has been the most popular type of bed sheet for a long time, and it’s still very relevant today due to its comfort and durability. Cotton sheets are extremely adaptable throughout the year because they’ll keep you cold and comfortable in the summer, while still keeping you warm and cozy in the winter.

Nowadays, there are many types of cotton sheets available, so you have multiple options to choose from. From luxurious materials like Egyptian and Pima cotton, to standard fabrics like upland, there’s a type of cotton sheet for everyone’s preference.

Bedroom filled with early morning sun focused on a fan with a bed in the background.

Bamboo Sheets

If cotton sheets aren’t quite your style, another type of sheet material that’s sure to keep you cool throughout the night is bamboo. As you probably assumed, bamboo sheets are made out of a material extracted from bamboo plants. They have a similar look to silky or satin sheets, but they do have their key differences.

Since the material from bamboo is chemically treated, bamboo sheets are not considered very environmentally friendly, and in addition, they are usually more expensive. However, they rank extremely well in every other aspect: hypoallergenic-ness, comfort, and breathability. If you’re looking for one of the best sheets to keep you nice and chill at night, bamboo sheets are a fantastic investment.

Linen Sheets

While cotton and bamboo bed sheets both have solid cooling features, another type of material that can also help fight the heat while you sleep is linen. Linen bed sheets are known to be very durable with a somewhat granular feeling and are usually thicker than cotton.

However, linen bed sheets still rank very high when it comes to comfort, and in terms of breathability they perform well (even though they are thicker), since there is more space between threads.

Woman waking up in bed with smile.

Cooling Mattress Pad

If cooling sheets just aren’t getting the job done for you during the scorching summer months, a mattress pad with cooling materials could be the answer! For many, mattresses can trap in heat and feel incredibly hot once the summer starts; that’s why some mattress pads with cooling materials can immediately make your mattress feel colder and comfier.

A cooling mattress pad actively or passively regulates temperature and prevents sleeping hot. Some are made with breathable materials like cotton or wool, while others are infused with gel to draw heat away from the body and eliminate moisture.

New Mattress

Now, if cooling sheets and/or a cooling mattress pad isn’t keeping you from sweating night after night, it very well could be time to consider a new, more modern mattress to help beat that heat. Most new mattresses are designed for optimal airflow and temperature regulation, and some brands even specialize in cooling sleep solutions to guarantee you stay cool, relaxed, and comfortable each night.

Contact us about which mattresses we recommend for hot sleepers or hot climates!

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When it comes to keeping you cool at night, the best cooling bed sheet materials are going to be either cotton, bamboo, or linen. All of these sheets will instantly help cool you down at night and ease you into a much sounder sleep − it’s all just a matter of personal preference for which material you want to go with.

Adding a cooling mattress pad can also be very effective with beating the heat, but if you think it’s about time to take on the heat and upgrade to a modern mattress with cooling technology, shop our top selection of new mattresses from trusted brands here!