Are you a hot sleeper? This is what you should look for when buying sheets, an expert says


Cooling, breathable fabrics can make all the difference when it comes to a night of sweat-free slumber.

Do you overheat at night? So do I — and as warmer weather approaches, I need answers (and solutions). Sleeping with a fan on, or the AC on full blast, just doesn’t cut it sometimes. But there’s another major consideration for staying more comfortable: good sheets. Finding the best sheets for hot sleepers should be on your radar, experts say, and it all comes down to cooling, breathable fabrics.

Dr. Shelby Harris, director of sleep heath with Sleepopolis, said bedding is often the culprit. “If you are overheating while sleeping, it can be due at least in part to your mattress, sheets or blankets,” Harris said. “To remedy this, make sure you’re using breathable bedding materials like cotton, and make sure your bedroom temperature stays cool to keep you comfortable as you sleep.”

During cold weather, many sleepers reach for thicker, more insulated bedding like fleece and flannel, but Harris said hot sleepers should generally stay away from these since they’re the least breathable fabrics, maintaining heat instead of redistributing it. Instead, Harris recommends opting for more lightweight options, such as cotton and linen. “These both allow air to flow through them and help to keep you cool as you sleep,” she said.

Synthetic fabrics are often cheaper, but your budget-friendly bedding may cost you dearly when it comes to quality sleep. Harris advises hot sleepers to “avoid synthetic materials like polyester that may trap heat, and sheets with tight weaves, to prevent overheating during the night.”

The keyword for sheet shopping is “breathable.” The more breathable and lightweight your sheets are, the less likely you will overheat, even on the hottest days.

“Again, if you get hot at night, pick sheets made of light and breathable materials like cotton or linen,” Harris continued. “Choose a percale weave for better airflow, and look for sheets that are moisture-wicking to help you stay cool and comfortable.”

Sheets are subjective — what feels great to one shopper may be another’s nightmare. But there are plenty of options, from affordable picks to more premium bedding, that can help turn down the temperature for hot sleepers.

Brands including California Design Den and Chateau Home Collection on Amazon have affordable cotton and linen options for queen beds starting as low as $40. If you’re looking for that luxury five-star feel — and have more to spend — Brooklinen lives up to the hype, fans say.

Choosing the right sheets is where comfortable sleep starts, but your overall bedroom environment also plays a huge role. Harris recommends keeping the air moving for better slumber. “Using fans or cooling AC systems in the bedroom can also help circulate the air and make sleep more comfortable for sleepers who tend to get too hot at night,” she said. Lightweight, moisture-wicking pajamas and cooling mattress toppers and pillows can also help, she added.