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Sheet Smarts: Your Sheets Could Be Making You Sweat

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

Do you find yourself overheating overnight? Do you wake up in a sweat and you’re not breaking a fever? If you’ve tried our other quick tips to stay cool at night but are still having issues, the problem could be something else — it could be your sheets.

Thread Count: Is All The Hype Worth It?

Although style and print are the first thing that catch consumers’ eye when they are selecting a sheet, 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.

Sheet Fabric Material: What’s The Difference?

There are a lot of different choices when it comes to fabric. Here is a bit of information on some of the most popular options.


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 for a cool, clean sleeping environment.


Flannel is a blend of cottons. Rather than measured by thread count, it is measured in weight for quality purposes. This weight means, you guessed it, 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, as 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.


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.


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.

Bed Sheet Colors: Darker Sheets Absorb More Heat

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 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

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 this information helps you stay cool and sleep better this season. Enjoy your summer!

About The Author

Craig McAndrews

Craig McAndrews is the former chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm. In his role, he led product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. When he was a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shared insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system.

Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Later, Craig served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike.

Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate.

Best Night’s Sleep: His best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.

3 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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