Sheet Smarts: Your Sheets Could Be Making You Sweat

Can’t Cool Down At Night? It Could Be Your Bed Sheets.

Do you wake up in a sweat, and it’s not because you’re breaking a fever? If you’ve tried our other quick tips to stay cool at night but are still waking up overheated, the problem could be something else — it could be your sheets. Here are a few things to consider when selecting sheets that will provide the perfect amount of comfort for your best sleep yet.

Thread Count

Although style and print are the first thing that attract shoppers, those are some of the least important factors in terms of comfort. Coziness and cooling all begin with thread count.

Thread count, put simply, is the amount of thread used to create the horizontal and vertical rows in one square inch of fabric. For example, 25 horizontal rows and 25 vertical rows of thread would equal a thread count of 50. A higher thread count doesn’t necessarily make for a better, more comfortable product, but a good target to look for is a sheet with a thread count between 400 and 800 (like these Brookside sheets that have a thread count of 600).

Sheet Fabric

There are a lot of different choices when it comes to fabric, and whether you are trying to find sheets for memory foam mattress, innerspring mattress or a hybrid mattress, your choice of fabric can really help determine your comfort and temperature level.

Here is a bit of information on some of the most popular options if you are trying to find sheets that stay cool.


Brookside 600 Thread Count Cotton Rich Sheet Set

Cotton is a smooth, soft fabric that is generally versatile enough to be good in both warm and cool weather. The fabric is breathable, allowing for good air circulation and a comfortable night of sleep.

Egyptian cotton

Egyptian cotton is only grown in Egypt and is considered to be the most luxurious of all cotton types. These are a great choice if you are in need of cool bed sheet that compliment your clean sleeping environment.


Flannel is a blend of cottons, but rather than measured by thread count, it is measured in weight for quality purposes. This weight means a heavier material that is great for snuggling in the winter but is not ideally suited for hot summer months.


Percale can be either a blend of cotton and polyester or can be all cotton. These are a good choice, especially if neatness is important to you. The close, flat weave creates a crisp, long-lasting fabric that doesn’t tend to wrinkle.


Satin is a weave of various materials, including wool, silk and nylon. Whether you are in need of some sleek black sheets or love a little shine, satin is a great option for those in search of style and comfort.


Sateen usually refers to material that is woven in the same way, but which includes cotton fibers. Both materials are notable for being smooth and sleek. Despite being lightweight and comfortable, their unique weave can trap heat during the summer months.


Malouf Woven Rayon Bamboo Sheet Set

Bamboo sheets are one of the best materials to help you sleep better and cooler. They keep air circulating and are much more absorbent than plain cotton, which helps control uncomfortable sweat.

Sheet Colors

Back in elementary school, we all learned that different colors absorb heat better than others. This same rule also applies to your sheets – the lighter the color, the cooler they feel. Black sheets or other dark-colored sheets will absorb the sun’s light energy that comes in through the window, thus heating up your sheets and the rest of your sleeping area. White or other light-colored sheets will reflect that energy and keep your bed cooler.

Gel Memory Foam Mattress Toppers Disperse Heat

Sleepy's Cool Deluxe 3" Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper

If you’re looking for an even cooler sleeping experience, you may want to consider using a gel mattress topper. This product not only adds an extra layer of comfort, it also keeps sleepers cool by improving air circulation and dispersing extra heat.

We hope these tips will help you stay cool and sleep better! To find your best sleep solution, visit a Mattress Firm near you or shop online at

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4 thoughts on “Sheet Smarts: Your Sheets Could Be Making You Sweat

  1. Night sweats are caused by things other than cheep sheets. However, for comfort I would settle for high grade cotton.

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