Getting adequate and restful sleep for 7-8 hours every night is crucial for our bodies. Experts have suggested that a good night’s sleep is the key to a good day’s work; meaning good sleepers tend to have a more productive, active and healthy lifestyle. Many people ditch sleep because they just aren’t accustomed to sleeping for long, consecutive hours anymore and prioritize other things over it. However, there are others who are willing to do that but experience sleeping difficulties which don’t allow them to enjoy a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. These include sleeping disorders, anxiousness, medical conditions and our discussion topic for today; hot mattresses.
Mattresses that are hot can be problematic and result in a lot of tossing and turning in bed, changing pillows, pillow sides, sleeping arrangement or even throwing off your quilt during the night, with you trying to find the ‘cooler’ side of your bed. This unnecessarily exhausting exercise will rip you off of those precious minutes you could’ve spent otherwise; dreaming in a deep sleep, and instead leave you sweaty and irritated in the middle of the night.
There are 4 reasons why your mattress feels hot which we are going to educate you about below.
- Your Body temperatures
Some people generally have higher body temperatures than others as they don’t sweat as much but omit greater amounts of heat. While sleeping or laying, your body stays in contact with your mattress for hours so this heat will obviously travel onto the surface of your mattress, making it hotter. Moreover, your body goes through different stages and processes at night which makes your body temperature fluctuate.
- Surrounding Temperatures
Your surrounding temperature and weather conditions can also greatly affect the coolness of the surface of your mattress. Any heat-omitting objects such as phones, laptops, lamps can lead to a higher room temperature than the ideal one recommended by researchers which ranged from 16 to 21 ºC. Hotter weather conditions may also increase temperatures and it may be suitable to utilize air conditioning facilities to address this seasonal problem.
- Your Mattress Type
This is one of the most important and primary factors that influences your mattress’ ability to either get too cold or too hot. Basically, material that has been used to manufacture your mattress and also your mattress’ structure as a whole will determine its tendency to retain heat or allow decent air circulation and ventilation to prevail through it. Mattresses that are made entirely of traditional foams tend to absorb and trap heat from your body or any other external sources. In contrast, innerspring mattresses which although make use of older techniques, are known to be one of the best mattresses in terms of ventilation and coolness. They don’t trap heat and the hot air can travel easily through the mattress due to the presence of spaces between metal springs.
Thanks to modern technological discoveries, there are now many mattresses in the markets which are designed specially in regard to consumers’ growing demand of ‘cool’ mattresses.
- Body Weight
Your body weight is an important factor to consider when choosing a new mattress. Research shows that heavier individuals tend to feel hotter in softer, sagging mattresses. You don’t want to sink so far down in a mattress that you feel like you’re stuck in the padding. The excessive padding will create excessive heat. For heavier individuals it is recommended that they choose a mattress that is firm and also deep to allow their body to be aligned and supported.
The conclusion is that, although several factors may be inducing warmth in your mattress but what comes after that, more importantly, is how it handles and circulates that heat to provide you with your desired sleeping temperature. Differences exist among people about preferences when sleeping; some like to sleep hot while others prefer to sleep cold. For this reason, it is imperative for you to conduct research into the details of your current or potential mattress to avoid any temperature related problems that may cause sleeping difficulties. We have research articles on different types of foams used in the mattress. There are some memory foam mattress that have added gel cooling components to help when you’re sleeping hot.You can have a look at these articles here.
Some mattresses and ensembles we recommend to make sure that you don’t feel hot are:
Our Manhattan Range also has Gel foam in the pillow top. Click here for queen Manhattan mattress. This mattress is available as a mattress or ensemble. You can get this range in Single, King Single, Double, Queen and King.
The final range I would recommend is Gel Comfort. This range also has Gel foam on top to keep your mattress cool.