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How to Keep Cool with a Memory Foam Topper

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Published May 11, 2011 | Updated June 12, 2015

You can instantly upgrade your mattress when you add a memory foam mattress topper. Memory foam toppers are made from high-density foam that works with your body heat to mold to your shape. This is great for winter temperatures or people who get cold while they sleep, but when temperatures heat up, you may experience trouble sleeping. Make sure your mattress topper is not deterring you from getting the rest you need. Consider these ideas for keeping your memory foam cool at night.

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  • Use a Mattress Pad

    The simplest solution for cooling down your memory foam topper is to place a mattress pad over it. Look for a cotton top mattress pad, which will help provide a barrier between the topper and your sheets for even more breathability. You may want to consider a wool mattress pad. Although it seems counterintuitive, adding a layer of wool can be helpful for several reasons. Wool mattress pads absorb moisture for maximum comfort. As an added bonus, wool is naturally mold and allergen resistant -- making it a great choice for people with allergies.

  • Shop for a Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

    If you know your body temperature tends to rise while you sleep, pick a gel memory foam topper. They have all the great qualities of traditional memory foam. Gel memory foam mattress toppers provide the support that helps you rest comfortably, and they absorb movement, so you can sleep in peace even when sharing a bed. What makes them better is that these gel-infused mattress toppers allow for extra air circulation that will keep you cool all night.

  • Think About Your Sheets

    Moisture-wicking sheets are your best option if you get hot at night. Because they are specially made to keep you from getting too hot, these sheets are worth the investment if you have a memory foam topper. Even just choosing high-quality cotton sheets, like 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets, may help keep you from getting to hot at night.

  • Try a Different Pillow

    If your head is cooler, your whole body can feel cooler. Look for a pillow that is intended for people who need help staying cool at night. Gel memory foam pillows and ventilated memory foam pillows are popular choices.

  • Turn Down the Heat

    Reducing the overall temperature in your home may help you sleep at night. Lowering your thermostat even a degree or two can make a difference. It's helpful to install a programmable thermostat and set it to lower the heat about half an hour before your bedtime, so you won't have to think about adjusting it every day. If sleeping in the summer is an ongoing issue for you, you may also want to install a ceiling fan in your bedroom.