How to choose the best mattress for hot sleepers

Everyone wants to be cool and a lot of people definitely want to sleep cool.

Heating up at night is an absolute nightmare and makes night time sleeping very uncomfortable. Sure, you can try to rectify the situation by facing a fan towards your bed or installing an air conditioner unit but if you’re a hot and sweaty sleeper, nothing can really fix the situation like a cooling mattress. If you’re tossing and turning throughout the night because you’re sweaty and uneasy, you might want to choose a different mattress.

Hot sleeping tends to be a major issue for people in warmer climates, sleepers who carry extra weight, and people who have a bad diet. 

Thankfully, modern mattresses understanding that cooling properties can make for an enviable mattress option for consumers and knowing which mattress to go after to keep cool can be a major factor when buying a new bed.

There are a few factors that hot sleepers might want to understand when choosing a new mattress. First, hot sleepers will want a mattress that has ventilated construction that allows for more air flow. They’ll also want to look for beds that are made out of copper coils (or other metals that conduct heat.) Mattresses that are made out of gels are great options because they absorb heat very well and beds that are made out of natural fibers are very breathable. 

Obviously as a hot sleeper, you’re going to want to find a cool mattress (in more ways than one.) There are a variety of types of cooling mattresses including innerspring, memory foam, and latex.

Here’s what type of mattresses to consider when looking for cooling mattresses:


Even though new mattresses are topped with various layers made of gel materials, innerspring mattresses can still sleep pretty hot. When choosing an innerspring mattress as a hot sleeper, you’ll want to look for layers with breathable latex, fibers that are all-natural, and gel-infused foam that ensures you can take advantage of the material’s cooling features. 

Memory foam

Memory foam mattresses tend to sleep hotter than other mattresses, mostly because the contouring makes the sleeper’s body feel cradled and it tends to absorb a lot of heat. In recent years though, memory foam mattresses have infused various different cooling gels and other heat conducting materials, like copper and graphite, into the make of the mattresses

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Latex mattresses

Latex mattresses are good choices for hot sleepers because latex is naturally a bad heat conductor. Latex is made with tiny little holes which are generally good for allowing airflow to go through, making it more breathable. 

When choosing a cool mattress, there are a few specific materials you’ll want to look for. Natural fibers and organic materials (like cotton, wool, and bamboo) are very breathable and can soak up moisture much more effectively than synthetic materials and covers. 

Copper and graphite are good options that are often woven into mattresses to help diffuse heat and usually make for big factors in the difference of temperatures. 

A lot of mattresses also feature gels and gel-infused foams which are great for absorbing big amounts of heat. 

Which type of sleeper should consider cooling mattresses?

There are many types of sleepers who may get uncomfortably hot while sleeping. People who tend to carry extra weight for example, are often prone to sleeping hot. People with back pain also have the tendency to sleep hot, which makes their nights even worse. Couples are also prone to sleeping hot because they produce twice as much body heat on the bed in general. In some cases, if one person sleeps cold and the other sleeps hot, they might want to consider looking at a ‘temperature neutral’ bed that has one side cold and one side hot. 

The good and bad of cooling mattresses

As with everything, there are pros and cons of choosing a cool mattress. And, if it’s something you’re considering, you’re going to want to get the good and the bad. 

The biggest pro is that if you indeed are a hot sleeper, you’ll get a more comfortable sleep. It can make a significant improvement to your sleep patterns which makes you feel more refreshed when you wake up and has positive ripple effects on your day-to-day life. 

Cooling mattresses also tend to last longer than other beds, mostly because they prevent sleepers from sweating a lot and sweat causes a lot of wear and tear on beds.

When it comes to cons, you might want to be weary of false advertising. Essentially, make sure you’re doing your research. A lot of bed brands these days will claim to have cooling properties even though they don’t. So, you’re best to not be fooled.

Cooling mattresses also tend to be a bit more expensive which is probably why companies use false advertising to lure hot sleepers into thinking their mattress is the right choice. 


When all is said and done, it’s important to make sure to do your research and test out as many cooling mattresses as you can before you make your final choice. There are thousands of different mattresses on the market and you’ll need to choose one that gives you the most optimal sleep, day in and day out (or night in and night out.)

The average person should be getting a minimum of six hours of proper sleep per night and if you’re not, it could have long-term effects on your life and your overall health. 

Be sure to take in as many customer reviews as you can and do research on a variety of different websites. A few extra hours of homework might end up being the reason you have a bed that fits your hot sleeping pattern perfectly.