For lots of us, getting a restful night's sleep can be difficult as we simply can't stay cool at night. Even having the ceiling fan on full speed and air conditioning may not be enough to keep your body temperature cool on hot summer nights. Whether staying cool at night is challenging due to night sweat, hot flashes, an illness, or simply the weather, a cooling mattress pad can help to lower your body temperature and keep you comfortable.
In the review below, I'll take a look at a couple of different ways of keeping cool at night. These methods include the use of a bed fan and a cooling mattress pad. The approach that is right for you may depend on the level of cooling you need as well as your budget. Fortunately, there is a range of products available at varying price points, meaning all of us can get a great night's sleep!
Gel 'O Cool
One of the biggest benefits of this cooling mattress topper is that it is portable, which allows you to take it with you while traveling. It can also be used on any area of the bed where you need some cool comfort. This mattress pad works by dissipating body heat to areas of the cooling mat that are not in contact with your body. Two sizes are available, so you will need to determine which size is best for your needs.
Another great benefit to this mattress mad is that no special preparation is required - simply place the mat on top of or under your sheet and it's ready to use. If you want to boost the length of time it will keep you cool, place the mat in the refrigerator prior to use. Generally, the mat can be expected to keep you cool for a few hours at a time.
This mat is also incredibly easy to use, and when not in use, it can be folded up and stored out of the way. The foldable design of this mat also makes it convenient and easy to transport, which can come in handy when traveling. Additionally, the mat is great for pets if they happen to suffer from the heat.
While the Gel 'O Cool is convenient to use for a few hours, if you are looking for something that will keep you cool throughout the entire night, check out my in-depth review of the ChiliPad Cube Review.
If you're looking for an effective cooling system, the Iso Cool mattress pad could be a great solution. The reason this mattress pad works so well is the high-tech materials used. The pad's cover is manufactured using 300-thread count cotton, thus providing a luxurious feel. Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this cooling pad is that the internal cooling material it contains was originally designed for use by NASA! The fiber used works quite differently to other types of material in terms of how it wicks away heat. Known as thermocules, this material actually absorbs body heat. As your body begins to cool, the fibers release the heat that has been stored, helping to stabilize your body temperature throughout the night. This means that the pad will continue working throughout the night, even if you happen to move around quite a bit. Great news for restless sleepers!
Overall, the Iso Cool is quite comfortable and could be perfect if you only suffer mild overheating. If you experience serious night sweats or extreme overheating, however, you may find you need something more high-end.
The Chilipad is considered one of the higher-end cooling mattress toppers. The main benefit of this cooling mattress pad is that it keeps you cool throughout the night, which is usually not possible with a fabric or gel topper.
This system works in a similar way to a water cooling system, using semi-conductor technology. Basically, the temperature of the water is adjusted as it flows through a base unit.
Simply place the mat on your mattress and set the temperature to the desired level. The cooled water will then begin flowing through internal tubes located inside the mat. While that might sound uncomfortable, don't worry - the distinctive design ensures you do not feel the tubes at all!
Another great benefit to this system is that it can actually be used for heating as well as cooling, which can be very handy during the cold, winter months. This pad has a range of 60°F to 110°F. Dual remote-controlled units are also available for larger beds, ensuring that you and your sleep partner can have the precise temperature that is most comfortable for each of you!
If there is a downside to this mattress topper, it is that it does produce some noise. If you need absolute quiet at night to have a restful sleep, this could be a problem.
Overall, this mattress pad is quite effective if you are looking for a system that will help to keep you cool throughout the night.
Feel Cooler King Size Mattress Pad
If you're looking for a mattress pad that can keep you cool AND fit a king size bed, this could be a good option for your needs. Priced at less than $200, it is also quite affordable, particularly when compared to other options on the market. Special technology is used in the design of this pad to help keep the temperature of the mattress regulated during the night. This also helps to reduce the number of times you wake during the night because you are too hot, which could give you a more restful night of sleep. Designed to fit king size mattress up to 20 inches in thickness, the Feel Cooler King Size Mattress Pad is manufactured using 100% hypoallergenic fibers, meaning it's also suitable if you suffer from allergies.
Bamboo Top Mattress Pad
If you're like me, and you like a little support from a mattress pad, the Bamboo Top Mattress Pad could be a good contender. Starting at less than $150 for the twin-size version, this pad is fairly affordable and offers a layer of soft comfort while still helping to keep your spine in proper alignment. Since it features a bamboo top, this pad will not become nearly as hot as other types of pads. As your body is not being overheated during the night, you should be able to sleep longer without awakening. The unique design of this pad also means it can be simply tossed in the washing machine and washed in cold water, then tumbled dry on a low setting for easy care.
Lucid by Linenspa Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress
This memory foam topper features a removable bamboo cover and comes with a 3-year warranty. Priced at less than $200, this mattress pad can help to keep you cool without busting your budget. The secret behind this pad's ability to keep you cool is the open cell technology that helps to prevent your body from forming impressions in the pad that could cause hot spots while. As a result, it is able to keep your body temperature regulated throughout the night and improve air flow. The foam used in this mattress also helps to collect and then distribute body heat, while conforming to the shape of your body and weight.
Sleep Better Isotonic Cool Slumber
If budget is your main concern, this mattress topper could be a winner, coming in at less than $100. Manufactured from visco elastic foam, this mattress topper features air technology, allowing for the perfect amount of ventilation to prevent overheating or sweating. Since this mattress topper is hypoallergenic, it's also a good option if you have allergies. The 220-thread count used on the comfort fabric cover on this pad will ensure you stay comfortable throughout the night.
If you tend to overheat significantly during the night or suffer from serious hot flashes or night sweats, you may find that a bed fan is the better option for your needs. Check out my BedJet V2 review for an in-depth look at this innovative product to help you to decide if a bed fan is the right choice.
The BedJet is a high-end cooling system, which means it is more expensive than many other options, including a mattress pad, but if you are looking for a system that will keep you cool throughout the night, the price may be worth consideration. Designed to fasten to the bed, the BedJet will not fall over during the night. The way it fastens onto the bed also allows you to have cool air blowing over you, or under the sheet. This system can also be used to keep you warm during the winter and features dual fans to keep sleep partners comfortable.
This system features a motor that runs quietly and smoothly during the night, ensuring it will not disturb your sleep. You can control the system using the supplied remote control or a handy app, whichever you find to be most convenient.
What methods have you tried to keep you cool during warm nights? Please do share as I'm always thrilled to hear of new suggestions!