Whether you’re feeling the effects of the summer heat wave or you’re just a hot sleeper all year long, swapping in some cooling bedding—think crisp percale sheet sets and pillowcases, gel-infused mattress pads, and breezy, breathable PJs— can make a serious difference. Not only will you dodge the discomfort that comes with overheating (hello, night sweats), you’ll probably get a better night’s sleep overall, too.
So, in the name of improving your sleep and making the rest of this summer somewhat bearable, we’ve selected the very best cooling bedding that you can shop right now. From bestselling cooling bed sheets from Brooklinen to five-star-rated cooling pillows from Amazon to temperature-regulating comforters that won’t turn your bed into a puddle, these sleep products will upgrade your bedroom in a major way (and hopefully lead to less sweaty nights).
When it comes to cooling sheet sets, fabric options abound. There’s percale, eco-friendly Tencel Lyocell, bamboo, and classic organic cotton, all of which offer their own moisture-wicking advantages. If you prefer a crisp feel, consider Brooklinen’s bestselling Classic Core bedding set, which is made of long-staple cotton in a 270 thread count percale weave. For a softer feel that still promotes plenty of airflow, go for Leesa’s wrinkle-resistant, sateen-weave cotton sheets, or the Tencel sheets from Casper and Sheex—this fabric is naturally hypoallergenic and wonderfully light.
Don’t count out linen sheets (especially if you like their uniquely scratchy feel). And, if you’re shopping on a budget, Bedsure’s cooling bamboo sheet set, which features a fitted sheet with deep pockets for a secure fit, proves that you don’t need luxury sheets to make your bed feel truly lavish. Our associate wellness director recommends the Molecule Percale sheets and says they’re “not too wrinkly, not too soft (I like a crisp, hotel feel), and breathable enough that I don’t wake up sweaty and annoyed.”
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Not only can the right pillow reduce neck and shoulder pain, but it can also help you stay cool, too. Take Sheex’s Infinite Zen pillow: It’s extremely supportive, with a slightly oversized design that still fits both standard/queen and king-size pillowcases, and its cooling gel top layer sheds heat to keep you from getting too warm. You’ll find the same pleasantly chill sensation in the high-quality and highly-rated GhostBed pillow, which regulates body temperature and wicks away sweat. With these cooling pillow options, there’s no such thing as the hot or cold side of the pillow.
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Mattress Toppers and Bedding
These additional accessories can be the crowning, cooling touch for your sweat-free bed. Leisure Town’s quilted mattress topper adds some welcome plushness to any mattress but feels cool to the touch all the same. Meanwhile, Buffy’s eucalyptus cooling comforter and Nectar’s breathable cotton duvet let you stay cozy, even when the temps start to climb (just don’t forget a duvet cover for the Nectar).
We love pajamas of all stripes, but the sweet, breezy sets featured here are what we’re reaching for when the weather heats up. That’s because they’re made of ultra-breathable and cooling fabrics like rayon, viscose, silk, and the aforementioned bamboo and tencel. Whichever you choose, you can expect a dreamily cool snooze, so let your personal style guide you.
Appliances and accessories
For bonus points, you can set up a high-tech fan, install a smart thermostat, or just roll your face out with a freezer-chilled ice roller before bed. And, to send yourself off to dreamland on a particularly chill note, you can have a tasty, non-alcoholic nightcap from buzzy brand Kin.
Side sleepers, back sleepers, stomach sleepers, and combination sleepers all deserve a comfy, cooling mattress that’ll help regulate their body temperature through the night. Luckily, there are plenty of beds made with hot nights in mind, including the SELF Certified Casper Nova Snow Hybrid mattress, and models that not only keep things cool but are specifically designed for relaxation and recovery from Bear and Brooklyn Bedding. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t shout out Tuft & Needle’s cooling Mint memory foam mattress, which is also readily available for order through Amazon.