Pick a Bedding Material That’s the Right Temp for You

Depending on your comfort preferences and the climate where you live, the temperature you’re most comfortable sleeping at may impact the type of material you choose for your mattress. With the different types of mattresses manufactured these days, there are varieties out there that can help a user sleep more warmly or coolly. It may seem like just another thing to juggle when selecting a bed, but with a little information, a consumer benefits by being able to rule out some varieties that would be uncomfortable overnight, but would feel fine during a 10 or 20 minute tryout in-store.

Two bed types that sleep coolly compared to others are latex foam and air mattresses. The relative coolness of an airbed is generally tied to where it is used, however. This is why many people find camping with air mattresses to be so cold, as the cold ground chills the air cavity, which draws heat away from the sleeper.  A Talalay latex mattress on the other hand, offers more predictable coolness thanks to its structure. Open-cell latex foam cells are interconnected and help move air throughout the foam cushioning as you move and adjust yourself during the night. Additionally, the pin-core design that’s part of the manufacturing process is aerating, assisting in keeping sleepers cool.

For individuals who don’t have a temperature preference, innerspring mattresses are generally neither too warm nor too cold. The biggest things to keep in mind when considering the sleeping temperature of a traditional bed are the materials used in its construction, as well as any comfort accessories added to the bed, like a pillow top cover.

Memory foam is considered by many to be the warmest bedding material, as the material itself is a heat-sensitive, visco-elastic structure. Some who “sleep hot” and are sensitive to warmth occasionally find the material to be hotter than they’d prefer it to be.