Best Cooling Mattress Pads and Toppers

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.

Iso Cool

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.

Bed Fans

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!

The Truth Behind Postpartum Night Sweats

What are Postpartum Night Sweats?

Postpartum sweating is the condition of excessive sweating after you give birth, even if you’re sitting still or sleeping. The condition can put a damper on your postpartum experience, leaving you uncomfortable and embarrassed. If you're suffering from this, it may be comforting to know you’re not alone.

Postpartum sweats happen to about one in ten women. Although the level of sweat is high – enough to make you look as if you’ve completed a vigorous marathon or an intense fitness workout! – it's nothing to be ashamed of. This is a very common experience for mothers who have recently given birth.

Postpartum sweating is the body’s process of releasing excess water and fluid from pregnancy. Many women find that while the process can be unsightly and uncomfortable, it helps them shed water weight gained during pregnancy. In many cases, women who breastfeed experience this phenomenon longer than women who don’t.

That's the basics of postpartum night sweats - read on to learn what causes them and how you can alleviate them. 

What Causes Postpartum Night Sweats?

Postpartum sweating has not been studied comprehensively, so there’s no officially accepted cause. However, doctors generally agree postpartum sweating is triggered by a drop in pregnancy hormones after childbirth.

After you give birth, your body goes through huge changes to rid itself of excess fluids and hormones no longer needed. As a result, you’ll see a heavy release of fluids through excretion. The bulk of these materials will leave when you urinate; however, postpartum sweating can speed up the process.

Yes, this is uncomfortable. No woman wants to deal with excessive sweating, especially when they’re already lacking restful sleep and recovering from childbirth.

The good news, however, is that postpartum sweating, while annoying, is completely normal. It generally only lasts for a few weeks. In some cases this may extend to a few months, but there's no need to worry. (Unless you have a fever, which is a sign of infection. In that instance, please check with your physician.)

Solutions for Postpartum Night Sweats

Drink plenty of fluids.

One of the big misconceptions about postpartum sweating is that cutting back on fluids will cut back on the sweating. This couldn’t be further from the truth. You actually need more water and non-alcoholic fluids to help you get through this period. The more you drink, the more fluid gets flushed out, which helps you pass through this phase much more quickly.

Heavy sweating can leave you dehydrated, so keep your fluid levels high. Drink one or two glasses of water as soon as you wake up so you immediately replenish any fluids lost throughout the night. Drinking plenty of fluid is also important if you’re breastfeeding your baby.

Modify your wardrobe to include loose, lightweight clothing.

Loose, lightweight clothing made of natural fibers such as cotton is recommended during this period. These materials are woven in a way that allows your skin to breathe, as opposed to synthetic materials that leave your skin sticky and icky.

The same goes for your sheets and bedding - use only cotton bedding if possible. You want your skin to excrete as easily as possible, and natural linen fibers are superior for breathability over synthetic ones, no matter how fashionable they are.

Dressing in layers also helps you cool off when you’re experiencing the sweats. You’ll be able to remove a layer to cool yourself down whenever you get too hot, as well as replace layers if you start to get cold.

Avoid prolonged sun and heat.

It goes without saying, right? The more heat you’re exposed to, the more you’re going to sweat. It’s how your body cools off to avoid overheating. Take precautions to avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially in the middle of the day when it’s hottest. Embrace air-conditioned environments as much as possible. Fans may be helpful, but they’re not going to be very successful if you’re in extremely warm weather, particularly 80 degrees or higher.

Don’t work out in the heat.

Exercise is helpful for battling postpartum conditions, including postpartum depression. However, when you’re battling excess sweat, it doesn’t make your battle any easier. Schedule your fitness regimen early in the morning or during the evening hours, so you’re not working out during the hottest parts of the day.

Say no to hot beverages and spices.

Yes, for a small period of time, you may need to put down the herbal teas and lattes, and take measures to avoid spicy dishes like vindaloo and Fra Diavolo! Hot, spicy foods and heated beverages may be delicious, but they can trigger excessive sweating. Spicy foods are a known catalyst for hot flashes, as menopausal women can attest to. Hot beverages raise your body temperature, meaning you're more likely to feel flushed and sweaty.

And while we’re on the subject…

Cut down on caffeine and alcohol

Caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are more known sweat triggers. While the link between alcohol or caffeine and sweating isn’t fully understood, these items are clearly linked to increased sweating and hot flashes. (By the way, so is smoking, which is something to avoid for other obvious reasons.)

Avoid hot baths and soaks.

The hot tub can be a luxuriant, relaxing environment, but when you’re already hot and sweaty, this will only make things worse. You'll antagonize your body’s temperature, causing it to shoot up and trigger yet more sweating. Avoid saunas too - they’ll only increase your sweating, making you even more uncomfortable.

Use towels.

Waking up to a wet, soaked through pillow with wet hair clinging to your neck is not fun at all. Cover your pillow with a bathroom towel before you go to sleep. The towel will absorb moisture, allowing you to stay dry for an extended period of time. Keep two or three extra towels by your bedside to swap out as needed.

Take a cool shower.

Cool off with a shower. Not only will this refresh you, but you get an opportunity to take time for yourself and wash away the stickiness caused by excess sweating.  

Invest in clean cotton sheets, fresh towels, and regular linen changes.

Waking up soggy is never fun. Don’t stop at clean cotton sheets and a fresh towel every night before bed. Invest in a cooling mattress pad and mattress toppers. If your sweat is extremely excessive, prepare to switch out your linens on a very regular basis to consistently keep them clean. Sleep naked if you're comfortable doing so for further bedtime comfort.

Keep Your Nightstand Stocked

Keep items for refreshment by your side at night. Baby powder can absorb the moisture from sweat - just make sure you use 100% corn starch baby powder, as talc has been shown to be harmful to the body. Extra towels, a robe to throw on when it’s time to feed the baby, a bottle of water, and a fan can all improve your comfort during this time. (Keep these items close by in the baby’s nursery, as well as in every area of the house you’re in during the day. Doing so makes refreshing yourself more convenient!)

Consider a BedJet v2

BedJet v2 allows you to hack your body’s natural sleep biorhythms with intelligent bed cooling and warming. Regular use can help you sleep better, allowing you to wake up more refreshed.

BedJet is a patented device that provides temperature controlled sleeping environments without changing the feel of your mattress. The device allows you to cool off in just 180 seconds. Exclusive air technology, JetConvect, removes body moisture from the bed, allowing you to sleep more comfortably.

The BedJet is highly recommended for those who struggle with night sweats, such as women with postpartum sweating. It even comes with a Bluetooth-enabled Sleep App to  intelligently control your device from your smartphone.

A Chilipad Cube May Also Help

Another potential investment is in a Chilipad Cube. The Chilipad Cube is a mattress pad equipped with cooling and heating temperature control systems. The product regulates your mattress’s surface temperature in a unique way: it circulates water through microtubes. These microtubes form a network that cools your bed, giving you a positive sleeping experience. The system comes in your choice of single or dual zone, allowing you to manipulate for one or two people, depending on bed size.

Remember: You're Not Alone!

While you might feel uncomfortable at the moment, postpartum night sweats are completely normal and natural - and the good news is, they shouldn't last too long. If you've found effective ways to deal with postpartum sweating, please share your experiences in the comments below. I'd love to share your tips with my readers!