Most experts concur that one of the key elements to getting a good night’s sleep is having the ideal temperature in bed.
There is no denying that temperatures appear to be rising in many parts of the planet. And while it will be necessary for us all to adjust to a warmer temperature, there are some areas of our lives where we might want additional support. Our sleep is one of these areas.
Our bodies have developed over hundreds of thousands of years to cool off when we sleep naturally. The delicate balance of our sleep can be upset if our beds are hot, leading to difficulty falling asleep, agitation, or nighttime awakenings.
Fortunately, in 2022, there are methods to reduce the temperature of your bed utilizing cutting-edge technology and bed cooling devices.
Why is Sleeping in a Chilly Bed Better?
Contrary to popular belief, our nature dictates that for us to fall asleep and stay asleep for the duration of the night, our bodies must cool down.
Our internal body clock induces a 1-to-2-degree reduction in body temperature during sleep, despite the fact that experts are unsure why this occurs (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
According to studies, there is a higher chance of falling asleep and deeper sleep throughout the night when the body’s core temperature drops quickly.
So, whether it’s a heat wave, a hot summer night, an illness, an infection, night sweats, or menopausal hot flashes, being too hot in bed can have the same result: soggy sheets, pain, and sleepless, miserable evenings.
Passive Cooling Technology
Technologies that use specific textiles, foams, and moisture-wicking materials to dissipate heat away from the body include an electric cooling pad, pillows, mattress toppers, and sheets. Although these products do not truly lower your bed’s temperature, they can temporarily prevent heat from accumulating there.
By utilizing specifically engineered materials (such as memory foam with gel infusion) that allow for more air ventilation than a typical mattress, cooling mattress toppers and pads can help you control your body temperature.
Absorbing heat energy within the air gaps and allowing heat to radiate to the borders of the cooling pad or mattress topper produces an excellent sleeping surface.
Unfortunately, mattress covers with passive cooling cannot completely cool down your bed to a particular degree. The cooling pad needs to expel the heat it has absorbed from your body somewhere else once it has done so.
The amount of heat dissipation is constrained if your room is already quite heated. Therefore, you might need to look for a bed cooling system with active cooling functions if it’s a very hot night or if you are having particularly intense night sweats or hot flashes.
Active Cooling Technology
Temperature regulation systems that employ either air- or water-cooling technologies to physically lower the actual temperature of your bed are active bed cooling (air- and water-cooling systems).
Each of these systems actively lowers the temperature under the sheets or on the surface of your mattress by using either air ventilation or water cooling.
Most of these systems are recent inventions that include cutting-edge technology elements like smartphone apps, sleep tracking, and networking for smart homes.