Best mattresses for hot sleepers

Summer is here, and with long, hot days and even longer, hotter nights, it can be particularly difficult to sleep over the coming months. Certainly, you can swap your sheets, pillows and duvet for lightweight, breathable ones and allow cool air to circulate via a ceiling fan or an open window, but it can still prove uncomfortable and disruptive to even the most sound of sleepers. The good news is that Heal’s offers arguably the best mattress for hot sleepers – plus a collection of other styles conducive to quality shut-eye – thanks to expert construction and specialist materials known for their cooling properties.

Reasons to have a cooler mattress

Reason #1: Whatever the season, your body’s temperature changes at different stages of your sleep cycle, with increases interrupting the cycle and decreases sustaining it. Therefore, the aim is to keep your body temperature low throughout the duration of the night.

Reason #2: Some people are generally hotter – women are 50% more unlikely to control their temperature while sleeping than men, for example – while the likes of injury, pregnancy, menopause and illness can all have an impact on snoozing.

So, a cool, breathable mattress is a solid investment, summer or otherwise, to avoid trapping heat and moisture that contribute to unwanted temperature changes.

Types of mattresses that are good for hot sleepers

With over two centuries of mattress craftsmanship, Heal’s has been perfecting sleep comfort since 1810. Founder John Harris Heal introduced French-style mattresses to London, and we now offer a diverse collection of mattresses to suit every type of sleeper, from Orthopaedic and Premium to Organic and Natural. Among these are some of the best mattresses for hot sleepers available.

Natural hybrid mattresses

Hybrid mattresses combine various materials like coils, memory foam and latex. Look for hybrids with cooling features, such as gel-infused memory foam or coils with airflow channels. These provide a balance of comfort and breathability.

Our Natural Hybrid Mattress stands out as the pinnacle of better sleep, expertly combining our signature pocket springs with sustainable natural latex. Unlike foam or memory foam, the latex in this mattress promotes superior air-circulation and breathability, ensuring a cooler sleep experience.

Enjoy hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and anti-dust mite properties, all wrapped up in one unparalleled mattress. The deep layer of moisture-wicking cotton with temperature-regulating properties means you can sleep cool and comfortable even on warm nights. Investing in this mattress is a solid return for your sleep quality and overall well-being.

Wool-infused mattresses

Experience the embrace of luxury and temperature regulation with our wool-infused mattresses. The firm Premium Sleep Silk mattress, hand-filled, -tufted and -stitched, offers a sumptuous blend of merino, lambswool and cashmere, providing excellent breathability and unparalleled comfort.

For those seeking support and entry-level cooling, the Classic Pocket 1400 mattress, elegantly tailored in a luxurious fabric, incorporates cooling cotton and lambswool. These mattresses not only promote effective airflow and reduce moisture build-up, making them the perfect mattresses for hot sleepers, but provide excellent body support and relief from aches and pains – a combination that ensures a well-rested and revitalised you.

Innerspring and Vispring mattresses

Traditional innerspring mattresses offer good airflow due to the open space between the coils. This design promotes ventilation and keeps the mattress from trapping heat. Case in point is Vispring, the esteemed sleep specialist, which combines the pocket-springs of its mattresses with the finest materials that nature has to offer for superior comfort. It’s the assurance of a good night’s sleep long after you’ve made your choice.   

Cotton mattresses

Organic cotton mattresses are an excellent choice for hot sleepers due to their natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties. These mattresses are made with cotton fibres, which allow for excellent airflow and heat dissipation, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout the night.

The soft and airy texture of cotton helps prevent heat from getting trapped, creating a more refreshing sleep surface. Additionally, cotton is hypoallergenic and tends to be more eco-friendly than synthetic materials, making it an appealing option for those with sensitive skin or environmental concerns.

Look for mattresses that use high-quality organic cotton or blends with other natural materials to maximise the benefits. Cotton mattresses offer a cool and comfortable sleep environment and a cosy and supportive feel for a restful night’s sleep.

Nickel-infused mattresses

For hot sleepers looking for innovative cooling solutions, nickel-infused mattresses like the Organic Sleep 3000 Mattress are worth considering. These mattresses incorporate nickel into the foam layers, which helps regulate temperature and prevent heat retention.

Nickel is an excellent conductor of heat, and when infused into the mattress, it facilitates the efficient transfer of heat away from the body. As a result, these mattresses can keep you cool even in warmer climates or during hot summer nights.

In addition to their cooling properties, nickel-infused mattresses offer other benefits, such as pressure-relief and support. They can be particularly beneficial for people with chronic pain issues, as the cooling effect can help alleviate discomfort.

What to look for when choosing a mattress for hot sleepers

#1: Breathability

Opt for mattresses with materials that allow for good airflow, preventing heat from getting trapped.

#2: Cooling features

Look for mattresses with cooling gel, copper-infusion or other heat-dissipating technologies.

#3: Firmness

The right firmness level varies for each individual, but generally, a medium-firm mattress is recommended for hot sleepers. This firmness provides adequate support while still being comfortable and less likely to cause heat-retention.

How to stay cool at night

Once you’ve invested in the correct mattress, there are a few other tips and tricks to help keep you cool.

1. Choose a breathable mattress topper

Enhance your sleep experience with a breathable mattress topper. Look for options like this one from premium Swedish brand Carpe Diem Beds, featuring a cotton-lined side that effectively transfers heat and moisture away from your body. This ensures a cooler and more comfortable rest throughout the night.

2. Choose temperature-regulating bed linen

Create a cosy yet cool sleeping environment by opting for lightweight, temperature-regulating bed linen. Consider our own-brand Duck Down 9 duvet, designed to keep you comfortably cool. Additionally, explore quality sheets like our versatile washed linen, perfect for staying cool during summer and warm during winter. Available in various colours, our chic set from Portugal, including shades like slate blue, mustard and dusky pink, adds a touch of elegance to your space.

3. Choose a cooler pillow

Experience the ultimate coolness with a pillow designed for comfort. The British Duck Down Surround pillow is a great choice, providing excellent cooling support. Enjoy a refreshing night’s sleep and wake up feeling rejuvenated.

4. Keep your bedroom windows shut during the day

Maintain a cooler ambience in your bedroom by keeping the windows shut during the day. This prevents hot air from circulating and heating your space. Limiting sunlight and warmth from radiating through the glass, you’ll ensure a refreshing and tranquil atmosphere.

5. Open your bedroom windows in the evening

As the sun sets and temperatures drop, crack open your bedroom windows to allow fresh, cool air to circulate. This revitalises your room and ensures a pleasant environment when it’s time to settle in for the night.

6. Switch to LED lights

Optimise your bedroom’s cooling efforts by swapping traditional bulbs for LED lights. Unlike traditional bulbs that emit a significant amount of heat, LED lights are energy-efficient and produce minimal heat. This not only keeps your room cooler but also helps to lower energy bills.

By following these simple steps and choosing the right bedding and bedroom setup, you’ll create a sleep sanctuary perfect for those warmer months. Enjoy restful nights and wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised.

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