The quality of the sleep that we enjoy during the course of the night can have long-term effects on our health and wellbeing.
However, enjoying that optimal temperature while sleeping can be a challenge for many people, including those who are going through menopause when hot flashes can make falling into a deep sleep problematic and also lead to tossing in turning during the course of the night.
Cooler Sleep = Better Sleep
The problem may be more common than one might think, and there are those who simply ‘run hot’ when sleeping, rather than suffering from a specific medical condition. However, the fact of the matter is that most people will sleep better during the course of the night if they enjoy an optimum temperature – neither too hot nor too cold.
In a recent survey by the Washington Post, 80% of respondents indicated that they would sleep better when it is cooler. Another study (published in 2019) in the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” echoed those results.
There are prescription medications that can help those who suffer from night sweats and disturbed sleep due to the discomfort of overheating. However, more and more people are ins search of a natural remedy that will allow them to enjoy a good night’s sleep – and what could be more natural than simply staying cool during the course of the night?
Cooling Blankets for Hot Sleepers
Fortunately, there is a solution – and this is to invest in one of the many cooling blankets that are today widely available. These highly breathable and lightweight blankets absorb heat during the early stages of the sleep cycle (or while falling asleep) and then release that heat slowly and evenly during the course of the night – ensuring that the sleeper enjoys an even, comfortable sleeping experience.
There are also a variety of electric cooling blankets that can be highly effective at maintaining a comfortable temperature for the sleeper during the course of the night.
The fabric of the cooling blanket can have a lot to do with just how good it is at ensuring a great night’s sleep. Fabrics such as cotton, Egyptian cotton, silk, and bamboo. However, each of these has unique properties – and is available at a variety of price points – prices that can also depend on variables such as size, weight, and the technology that is used to provide that great night’s rest.
Best Blankets for Sweaty Sleepers
Making the choice of which cooling blanket is best suited for your individual needs can be a challenge due to the many variables involved. To make that choice just a little easier there are some of the best on the market.
Cool-jams Cool Bamboo Textured Coverlet
If you are a hot sleeper, but still like to have a blanket pulled up to your neck, take a look at this cooling bamboo coverlet blanket from Cool-jams. If you haven’t heard about Cool-jams, they are a US-based company that specializes in bedding and sleepwear that cools you while you sleep.
This coverlet blanket is lightweight but has enough heft to it that you can feel that it is there. The super-soft, breathable bamboo fabric is naturally hypoallergenic and is even mildew and odor-resistant. And, bamboo is an ideal fabric for regulating your sleep temperature.
It features a classic quilted design and is available in 6 colors. Queen and King size only though.
Cool-jams also offers a cooling duvet set as well for another option.
The Cumulus Lightweight Comforter
This comforter is another that boasts the manufacturer’s unique approach to the fill being used to provide that exceptional night’s rest. It has a cotton outer and a fill that is a combination of polyester and ‘Outlast® technology’, which was originally designed by NASA scientists and excels at storing and releasing heat during the course of the night and controlling humidity.
It’s available in a variety of sizes including Twin / Twin XL, Full / Queen and King / Cal-King. There are two weights – the ‘lightweight’ and ‘Comforter’. For warmer climates the Lightweight option is ideal.
Eventemp Temperature Regulating Comforter
This product makes use of high-quality 300 thread count cotton sateen fabric and employs technology that ensures an even temperature throughout the night.
It is highly effective at wicking moisture away from the body – and the lightweight, breathable material has been formulated to ensure that it is suitable for use in both summer and winter.
It’s also hypoallergenic to ensure that those suffering from allergies to natural products such as Down can enjoy an undisturbed night’s rest.
For those in search of great comfort, a wonderful cool night’s sleep, and exceptional value, this cooling blanket is ideal. As a bonus, it’s also available in a number of sizes and colors and it’s reversible, so you can mix and match it to suit your mood and keep your bedding options open.
This cooling blanket is manufactured using high-quality microfiber that is exceptionally breathable. It’s also hypoallergenic and is suitable for use year-round. It’s also machine washable.
Another great value for money cooling blanket, this product is described by the manufacturer as a crossover between a sheet and a blanket – and DANGTOP also claims that it will keep sleepers around 3 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature of the room.
It’s made from an ultra-soft breathable bamboo microfiber material and is available in a number of colors and both twin and full sizes. It has received around 500 5-star reviews on Amazon, many of those from menopausal women who use the bedding and praised its comfort and effectiveness.
This cooling blanket is both hand and machine-washable – but should be dried in the sun as otherwise, it is prone to shrinkage. It’s perfect for extremely hot climates and muggy nights.
If you want the ultimate cooling technology in order to enjoy a comfortable night’s rest then this could be the perfect product for you. The Bedjet electric cooling blanket wicks away moisture incredibly efficiently – and its cooling coils ensure that the bed is ready for a great night’s sleep in around 10 seconds.
It’s also the perfect solution for couples as it boasts dual-zone technology which allows each partner to set their preferred temperature for the night (but you’re going to need two of the base cooling units). The blanket uses 100% cotton fibers for added comfort and breathability – and ease of care.
The remote can be a challenge for those who want to fine-tune their sleep experience (and you’re going to need the Bluetooth sleep app for that) – but there are basic functions that are easy to use. It’s absolutely perfect for those who are suffering from night sweats.
If there are two minor downsides to this cooling blanket it is that the cooling units are fairly bulky and may not fit under every bed and it is also pricey (over $1,100 for a dual-zone King size). It’s also available only in white – but that shouldn’t be a show stopper.
It’s the unique mix of fibers and fills in the inner and the cover that has resulted in great feedback from consumers. This cooling blanket uses a combination of a cotton cover and polyester fill – and both components also contain unique ‘37.5® technology’ fibers that maintain an even temperature all night.
The manufacturer claims that the ‘active-particle technology’ also attracts and removes moisture to avoid humidity buildup and the dreaded ‘sweaty night syndrome’. It’s perfect for multi-season use. It’s also a great addition to the bedroom decor as it is available in five different colors (with matching sheets).
Stay Cool For Better Sleep
A great night’s sleep is absolutely essential for those who want to wake feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. A bad night’s sleep means waking up feeling listless, out of sorts, and cranky – and a sub-standard night’s sleep can have a variety of serious health implications, including (but not limited to) an increased chance of heart problems.
Some research will reveal which cooling blanket is right for your unique needs. Given that there is such a huge choice, it is almost certain that you will find a sleep solution that meets your exact requirements – and matches your budget.