While many people complain about being too hot when they sleep, there are those who struggle to stay warm when they’re in bed. You might not think this is such a problem since they can always add more blankets if they’re cold, but the truth is the mattress you sleep on plays a role in keeping you warm as well. So, let’s take a look at the best mattresses in Canada for sleepers who need all the warmth they can get.
Factors in Sleeping Hot or Cold
Before we check out the mattresses, let’s discuss the factors that go into sleeping hot or cold in the first place. Some of these factors are environmental, including the room temperature, bedding, and the preferences of other people in the same bed. Other factors are personal such as your individual metabolism and stages of life (for example, women going through menopause often become “hot” sleepers during this time).
Some of these factors you can change, like the bedding and room temperature (usually), but others you have no control over. Therefore, finding a mattress that supports your sleep temperature is critical, especially if you sleep with someone else who has different needs. Okay, on to the mattresses.
Innerspring or Coil Mattresses
These traditional-style mattresses have the highest percentage of sleepers that complain about them retaining too much heat. While that number is only around 10%, it does mean that if you want a warm bed, an innerspring or coil mattress is your best bet. This is because most modern innerspring mattresses are topped with layers of foam and fiber so that you don’t feel the springs.
All those layers mean that the airflow is restricted and when the air gets trapped in the mattress, it heats up. That heat eventually comes to the surface of the mattress, where you’re sleeping. Combine that trapped heat by adding blankets and sheets to the mix and you have a pretty cozy bed.
Memory Foam Mattresses
Memory foam mattresses are one of the most popular types of mattresses because of their superior comfort and support, but they also have a fairly high percentage of sleeper complaints that they retain too much heat. About 9% of sleepers complain that memory foam mattresses make them too hot when they sleep, which is good news for cold sleepers.
Of course, the amount of heat a memory foam mattress retains depends on the type of foam. Gel-infused memory foam mattresses allow for better airflow than dense foam mattresses that trap the heat inside the mattress. Your best bet here is to try a variety of memory foam mattresses before you buy one.
Only 7% of sleepers complain that latex mattresses retain too much heat, which means they aren’t the best option for cold sleepers. But, again, this varies by the bed composition and material type, with synthetic latex retaining more heat than natural latex. Even with fewer complaints about heat retention, latex beds are still a good option for compromise between a hot sleeper and a cold sleeper who share the same bed.
If you’re a cold sleeper in the market for a new mattress, an innerspring or memory foam mattress is probably your best option. However, if you’re sharing a mattress with another person who sleeps hot, a latex mattress could be a great compromise.