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.
How to find the best cooling sheets
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 11 sets of cooling sheets that meet Breus' criteria. A sweat-free night's sleep awaits!
Best all-around: The Original PeachSkinSheets Moisture Wicking
Moisture-wicking sheets work by pulling moisture off the surface of the skin, says Dr. Breus. This option is specifically designed to do that and more: Its SMART fabric is also stain-resistant, ultra-soft, and super breathable.
Runner up: Mellanni Bed Sheet Set
Made with breathable microfiber that helps keep you dry, these extra-soft sheets are available in nearly 40 colors and come with a lifetime guarantee. Maybe that's why a whopping 48,000 people have given them a collective 4.5-star rating on Amazon, making these sheets a #1 best seller.
Made with flax fiber from Belgium, this linen sheet set is lightweight, breathable, and eco-friendly. Plus, the fabric can also absorb moisture, which helps keep you cool during long summer nights. (To stave off daytime sweating, try some of these aluminum-free deodorants that actually work.)
Linen runner up: Lausonhouse 100% Pure French Linen Sheets
These lightweight, luxurious sheets are available in eight pastel-colored hues, from chambray blue to mauve, for a touch of calming tones for your bedroom. Each set comes with two pillow cases, a flat sheet, and fitted sheet. Since linen sheets are delicate, it's recommended you wash them in the gentle cycle and line drying them if you can. Some reviewers have also noted that it has helped them sleep better because they're breathable.
Best cotton: Parachute Percale Fitted Sheet
You've heard about them on Pod Save America—now it's time to try them out for yourself. Made in Portugal with 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton, these soft, comfortable bed sheets are the definition of understated luxury.
Cotton runner up: Chateau Home Collection's 800-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton
Cotton fabrics are one of the most breathable textiles on the market, says Dr. Breus. We like these sheets from Chateau Home Collection, woven with 100% Egyptian cotton.
Cotton honorable mention: Magnolia Organics Dream Collection Sheet Set
In addition to solid white, these sheets are available in six calming colors. Plus, these organic cotton sheets have just the right thread count. It's low enough to allow air to easily pass through, keeping you cool and dry, yet high enough for the fabric to feel satiny and cozy.
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 eco-friendly. Cariloha claims that their sheets will keep you "3 degrees cooler than cotton sheets."
Bamboo runner up: Lux Club Bamboo Sheet Set
Available in 44 different colors, these soft, bamboo and microfiber sheets are designed with moisture-wicking technology and are equal parts soft and durable.
Best high-tech: Dri-Tec Lite Performance Sheets
These sweat-wicking sheets are made from the same type of quick-dry fabric as your softest, most comfortable workout clothes. But additionally, they're constructed in a way that promotes air flow, ensuring cooler sleep.
High-tech runner up: Sheex Original Performance Sheet & Pillowcases Set
A blend of polyester and spandex, these sheets are as soft and smooth as they are functional: Sheex claims that their bedding "transfers body heat two times more effectively than traditional cotton sheets."
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