Summer is officially here – and along with it, temperatures exceeding the 80s and hot, sticky nights that make it harder to fall asleep. Sound familiar? If the summer heat is making you lose out on a good night’s sleep, you are not alone. As it turns out, there is science behind the fact that people sleep more poorly during the summer months.
The higher temperatures, combined with the longer days (and therefore more sunlight) at this time of year, actually affect our bodies’ circadian rhythm: The extra exposure to heat increases wakefulness while simultaneously decreasing our ability to hit rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. This leads to more tossing and turning at night, less dreaming and deep sleeping, and subsequent tiredness as the dog days of summer go on.
So, how can we combat it? Research suggests that we create the ideal sleeping environment, between 60 and 70 degrees, for a better night’s sleep. Does this mean we crank up the air conditioners? Not necessarily. Even in the coolest room, your bedding (including your mattress) can really raise the heat.
Fact is, many traditional mattresses actually trap heat, and older memory foam mattresses are often the biggest culprits. No matter how low you set your thermostat, the wrong type of mattress can prevent you from getting the cool, sound sleep you’re craving.
That’s where a good cooling mattress comes in.
Cooling mattresses are innovative, breathable beds that provide a cooler sleeping environment for those who have trouble sleeping in the heat. These mattresses are equipped with moisture-wicking fabrics, cooling gel surfaces, or other cooling technologies that make sleeping a breeze even on the hottest summer nights. For those who run warm all-year-round, cooling mattresses offer a longer-term sleeping solution than your typical fans and air conditioners. And, they offer many benefits beyond their obvious cooling technologies. The best cooling mattresses also provide the extra support and pressure relief needed for a good night’s sleep.
You can find cooling gel mattresses and sleeping solutions right at Bernie & Phyl’s. Here are a few of our favorites:
Tempur-Pedic Supreme Breeze
Tempur-Pedic is a brand well-known for its responsive material – adapting to any weight, shape, and body temperature. The Tempur-Flex Supreme Breeze, one of Tempur-Pedic’s cooling mattresses, takes this sought-after adaptability to the next level.
The Supreme Breeze is a hybrid mattress that offers faster-adapting comfort than traditional memory foam mattresses. It has an extra-soft layer that’s infused with Tempur-Pedic’s PureCool™ technology, designed to draw excess heat and humidity away from the sleeper. On top of it all, the Supreme Breeze has an ultra-breathable fabric cover that provides a cool sleeping surface all night long. Paired with Tempur-Pedic’s Dual-Cooling Cloud pillows, this mattress is truly a dream for hot sleepers.
Tempur-Pedic has made several state-of-the-art cooling mattresses, each with different feels, comfort layers, and technologies. While the Supreme Breeze is a great go-to for its ultra-cooling technology, your favorite will boil down to a matter of personal preference. Be sure to check out the Tempur-Contour, Tempur-Flex, and Tempur-Cloud cooling mattresses before choosing the best one for your bedroom.
Serta iComfort Blue Max 1000 (available in plush or firm)
Serta’s iComfort collection has upped the ante in memory foam technology, and their Blue Max 1000 is one of their latest and greatest models yet. The Blue Max 1000 is a cooling gel mattress that features advanced temperature-regulating technology and a specialized gel memory foam layer, so that you can rest easy in any climate. If your temperature tends to fluctuate throughout the night, this mattress is a good fit for you.
The Blue Max 1000 combines TempActiv™ Max Gel memory foam with two other layers of memory foam for extra cooling and comfort, while the mattress’ TempActiv™ Touch fabric layer provides an instant “cool-to-the-touch” sensation and airflow for heat diffusion throughout the night. From the moment you hit the hay until morning comes, this Serta mattress will meet your body’s needs – not too hot, not too cool, just right.
Serta iComfort Merit II
If your body is constantly battling stress or pressure build-ups on top of the heat, this Serta pillow-top mattress may be for you. The Serta iComfort Merit IIoffers the perfect combination of cushion and body support. It has a memory foam layer designed to cradle your body as soon as you lay down, helping to reduce any pressure or stress that might disrupt a peaceful night’s sleep.
In addition, the iComfort Merit II mattress has a layer of Serta’s patented Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam – a dual-action gel memory foam that works as a cooling agent and as a support layer. On one hand, it captures, stores, and dissipates heat away from other mattress layers, allowing sleepers to stay cool throughout the night. At the same time, the gel also provides extra, targeted support where you need it most.
For the hot natured-sleepers, the summer insomniacs, the anti-A/C’ers, and the couples who just can’t agree on the right sleeping temperature – this one’s for you: Choosing a mattress with cooling technology will, without a doubt, give you the comfort, support, and energy you deserve – all day, all night, all summer, andall year round.
Contact Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture at 800-244-9350 to learn more about our selection of cooling mattresses. You can also view our full collection of cooling mattresses, cooling gel mattresses, and cooling cloud pillows online!