How to Keep Cool With a Memory Foam Topper
Add a Mattress Pad for a Breathable Layer
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. Discover even more mattress pad benefits in our FAQs About Mattress Pads.
Improve Air Movement With 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.
Choose Moisture Wicking 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 too hot at night. Explore all moisture-wicking sheet fabrics in our guide to Bed Sheet Materials.
Try a Memory Foam 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. Choose the best pillow for your mattress topper using our guide to Types of Pillows.
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.
To achieve maximum cooling comfort, starting with your mattress may be your best bet. Read our Hot Sleeper’s Guide to the Best Cooling Memory Foam Mattresses for some tips on sweatless sleeping.