Dealing with night sweats can be extremely disruptive when it comes to getting a healthy full night’s sleep. If sweating at night is keeping you awake, addressing your sleeping environment and making sure you are using the optimum night sweats bedding is a great way to troubleshoot and improve your condition. One of the best ways to stay comfortable is to find night sweats bedding products that help you wick away moisture while keeping your sleeping environment cool.
As we develop a better understanding of just how broadly the sleep hyperhidrosis phenomenon extends — including night sweats in men — we will likely see more and more products to help us with our uncomfortably sticky nights. For now, read on for my current recommendations on some great cooling bedding and other innovative devices for actively cooling your sleep environment and keeping you dry. I encourage you to pair these with my suggestions for night sweats sleepwear for maximum effect.
Natural Night Sweats Bedding
When it comes to sheets and bedding, natural fibers are your friend. One of the things that makes sweating at night so uncomfortable is the feeling of sticky wetness. Man-made materials such as 100% polyester will trap moisture and heat and thus simply exacerbate the issue, unless the fabric was specifically made to wick moisture away from your body to keep you more comfortable. Natural fibers like cotton, bamboo and linen breathe and allow moisture to pass through the material. Linen in particular is a great fiber to help control heat and moisture. You may even find specific night sweats sheets designed to wick away the moisture, a common phenomenon among pajama products targeting night sweats in women, however I don’t yet have a recommendation for a specific wicking bedsheet product.
You may also want to look at the mattress pad you’re currently using. Some pads sold with new mattresses today are lined with a plastic coating to protect the mattress. While this is good for the mattress, sometimes this can act as a vapor barrier trapping heat in your bed. Try sleeping a night or two without your current mattress pad or replace it with a natural fiber pad and see if it makes a difference. There are even special mattress pads specially designed specifically to help with menopause night sweats or even night sweats in men. Here are some cooling mattress pads you may want to consider: Mattress Pads
While you evaluate your bedding, make sure you consider the whole picture. You should consider the mattress, mattress pad, bed sheets, blankets and comforters, pillows and pillow cases. You want to consider the weight and material of each of these components of your sleep environment.
Another thing to consider when facing night sweats in children are that many bedsheets designed for children with playful designs are often made from polyester or similar fabrics. Also, if you have any devices or sheets to address bed wetting, keep in mind that these two may result in increased bed temperature and increased perspiration in your child during the night.
Please return soon as I compile night sweats bedding reviews, but for now here are three effective devices for helping you make your bed more comfortable while you combat your hot flashes and night sweats. Use these in combination with the recommendations I make in my night sweats treatment and night sweats relief articles to help you achieve a good night’s rest.
Bed Cooling Systems for Night Sweats
If you try the various types of natural fiber linens on the market and are still finding it difficult to sleep comfortably through the night, then you may want to invest in a way to keep your bed cool at night. Here are a few products you might want to try:
The Chillow line of products are essentially cool liquid filled packs that you can place on top of or inside of your pillow case. The ChillowPlus is a cooling pad that can conform to any portion of the body. You can use the Chillow at room temperature or place it in the refrigerator for maximum cooling power. While the Chillow can help you keep cool as you get to sleep, they are for temporary cooling so don’t expect them to stay cool all night long. You may want to consider keeping one in a cooler by your bed stand and if you wake up in the middle of the night with night sweats, use the Chillow to help you get back to sleep.
In some ways, the Chillow works well as a psychological device. You stay cool while you go to sleep and as you fall into a deeper sleep. This appears to help some people suppress the anxiety perspiration that may develop when we anticipate our bouts of sweating at night.
Chili Pad Bed Temperature Control System
This cooling mattress pad, or more accurately temperature control system, is a great way to keep your bed cool, while also keeping your sleeping partner happy. Essentially the Chili Pad is a temperature controlled sleeping pad that allows you to adjust the temperature from 63 – 100 degrees. You can order a Chili Pad with dual zones so you can sleep with your side set to cool and your partner’s side set to warm. Many users report great satisfaction with this product but there are a few drawbacks.
First, these sophisticated cooling mattress pads can be expensive, although Amazon sometimes has sales. Dual units that both heat and cool at the same time are more expensive so you can save money by choosing a smaller unit that simply cools. Second, the unit itself is a little bit noisy for some people: one customer compared it to the sound of a small fan. Third, I’ve seen a complaint about the light on the unit, but this can be fixed by covering the light with something like a small washcloth, or placing it where it is out of view. That said, if you can’t find a way to stay cool and other methods haven’t worked for you, the Chili Pad may be the answer. It is an aggressive and effective way to keep your direct sleeping space more cool and dry, and thus reducing your sweating while sleeping.
Night Sweats Bed Fans
And last but not least, you can try a bed fan. Most of these clever products place a low-powered fan at the foot of your bed, then gently guide the air blown by them beneath your sheets and up your body. This leverages the phenomenon known as convection to lift heat away from your body while also reducing the accumulated heat beneath your sheets.
Night sweats can be uncomfortable, but fortunately you can make a big difference in the quality of your sleep by finding the right bedding for night sweats or the right cooling device to use with your bedding. Start with natural fibers then progress to cooling systems. With enough perseverance you’ll be able to find the right combination to help you get quality sleep.
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