While you’re snoozing in Dreamland, your body is toiling away on Earth to keep your temperature in a healthy range. The process is called thermoregulation. But some of us have a higher internal thermometer than others—including people who naturally run hot, are going through menopause, or have a condition like diabetes or hyperthyroidism—and suffer from night sweats as a result. Waking up drenched night after night is bad enough, but being too hot can also throw off your sleep cycle and interfere with your ability to get quality shut-eye, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
To the rescue: cooling sheets, which can keep you from overheating while you sleep. Look for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo, or ones that are specifically designed to wick away moisture, says Michael Breus, PhD, author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan and a clinical psychologist who specializes in sleep disorders. Additionally, the NSF recommends staying away from high thread count sheets; though the fabric feels luxurious against the skin, it turns out the tighter weave hinders their breathability.
Here are 10 sets of cooling sheets that meet our experts’ criteria. A sweat-free night’s sleep awaits!
Best Bamboo: Cariloha Classic Bamboo Sheets
There’s a reason why bamboo sheets are becoming popular: Not only is the fabric soft and comfortable, but it’s also sustainable. Cariloha claims that their sheets will keep you “3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets.”