When lockdown hit, the natural separation between work and play, day and night all felt strangely blurred. Working from home and our new casual uniform made discerning between these once hugely separate parts of our lives oddly difficult. In these times, sleep was the first thing to go.
Even as life is returning to a semblance of normality, it still feels like there’s a lot interfering with our slumber patterns - stress, uncertainty and weather-dependent, heat.
While we Brits complain all winter in hopes for a ray of sunshine, when the warmer weather arrives, it brings with it a whole new set of woes. For hot sleepers, it’s nothing short of a nightmare as you toss and turn around looking for a patch of coolness to lull you into slumber.
Few of us can afford to forgo a solid night of dozing. According to a survey commissioned by Woolroom and YouGov, 95 per cent of people identified a good night's sleep as important to their general mood, while 30 per cent said they feel more anxious after a bad one. It can have a profound effect on our wellbeing and behaviour.
While your mattress may not be the main cause of your sleeplessness, it is possible that it's not doing you any favour - especially old memory foam options that were crafted to be dense and prevent airflow.
While there are plenty of products designed to warm you up - electric blankets, throws - there’s surprisingly few out there to cool you down. Until now.
Take night sweats out of your bedtime routine with the new technology of modern mattresses. A godsend when the heatwave hits, these specially-designed cooling mattresses are layered with open-cell structures, ActiGel or proprietary layers to maximise breathability and absorb body heat - all while keeping you comfortable and supported. Pocket spring mattresses tend to have built-in ventilation based on the way in which the coils are placed, while materials like wool and bamboo are moisture-wicking in nature.
Studies have proven that lower body temperature equals a better night’s sleep (it’s no wonder we love the cold side of the pillow) so invest in your slumber with our pick of the best cooling mattresses.
Ergoflex 5G Mattress
Giving hotel room beds a run for their money, Ergoflex makes some of the best mattresses in the biz.
Not to be confused with the cellular network, the 5G model combines a premium proprietary foam promising support and comfort “from head-to-toe”. The five layers each add an unmissable quality that relieves pressure on the body and encourages you to drift off into a sound slumber.
First and foremost, the Tencel outer cover works to protect the mattress itself but it does so much more. It has a vented construction at the ends with 3D mesh panels to disperse the heat so you won’t feel hot and bothered in the night. The top memory foam layer contours to your body but just the right amount so as not to affect your partner if you move around.
At the core, breathability is the utmost concern. At 9cm, the trademarked Cool-Sleep layer creates an airflow to stop the build up of heat. This is done through an open-cell memory foam that prevents the retention of hot air more efficiently than any previous model.
Ideal for aches and pains, the mattress has orthopaedic pressure-relief. It is also hypoallergenic and anti-microbial and there’s a 10-year warranty.
Buy now £302.00, Ergoflex
Simba Hybrid Luxe Mattress
There’s not one but 10 layers in Simba’s Hybrid Luxe Mattress to give you the restful slumber that you deserve.
Dubbed the brand’s most advanced mattress yet, there’s a 10 year guarantee and 200 night trial. That’s how confident the brand is that you will love this product.
Let us break it down for you. It begins with an open-cell casing that has a cross-construction in order to encourage airflow. This is followed by a bamboo wool layer that has a sumptuous silk-like feel. You may or may not know that bamboo wool is beloved for its antibacterial properties as well as its insulating abilities to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The fabric is also highly sweat absorbent to evaporate sweat from the body.
Next up, the brand’s signature Simbra-Pure foam layer which is also open cell. Two layers of springs are below this, then a level for support and additional high carbon steel springs. You will then find another supportive layer below and last but not least, you have the base. All combined, it promises a comfortable, supportive and cool eight hours.
Buy now £974.25, Simba
TEMPUR CoolTouch™ Original Elite Mattress
With trademarked CoolTouch technology, Tempur has designed this mattress specifically to absorb excess heat and keep you cool and comfortable throughout the night. From the mattress cover, to the open cell structure, there’s temperature-regulating technology throughout.
These elements come part in parcel of the Elite Mattress renowned for its cosy, cloud-like feel. It has a medium firmness and foam construction that adapts to the shape of your body to relieve pressure and bounces back to the original shape as soon as you get up. We found back pain immediately relieved and a sound night after much sleeplessness.
When you purchase a mattress from Tempur, you know that you’re getting a premium product with impressive support.
Buy now £1799.00, Dreams
OTTY PURE Hybrid Bamboo & Charcoal Mattress
Innovating bedding label OTTY has crafted the first bamboo memory foam mattress infused with charcoal.
There’s a reason why it seems charcoal is in everything right now, from your toothpaste to your water. It’s a natural detoxification agent that removes dirt, dust and allergens. The introduction of the element into the mattress layers ensures that its antibacterial, hypoallergenic and will eliminate odour.
It is enriched in the top layer as well as the bamboo memory foam below. The combination of these two elements offers breathability in spades as bamboo is beloved for its temperature-regulating abilities. Both materials are also sustainable. On top of this, the product boasts side support with airflow built in so that heat can escape.
The mattress is also complete with the brand’s tallest ever springs - 2,000 of them to be precise. This has benefits for temperature regulation as well as support, giving your painful joints and back the foundation that it requires so you can wake up without further agony.
There’s also a high-density support foam to improve comfort and bolster the body as well as the HD Base Foam that underpins the entire thing to provide a solid foundation.
Buy now £422.49, OTTY
Brook + Wilde Ultima Mattress
Luxury mattress label Brook + Wilde crafts the hybrid Ultima mattresses with 10 layers for the optimal sleep environment.
Dubbed by the brand as its most “technologically advanced mattress”, this model is kitted out with some impressive cooling technology – namely an innovative Thermic Temperature Regulating cover that is made up of microcapsules that store and release excess heat. As well as being super soft to the touch, it has great body temperature-regulating properties that will keep you 2 degrees cooler than the brand’s Elite Mattress. The second, third and layers also prioritise breathability, from the woven fabric and the specialised cooling memory foam, to the comfort layer with an open-cell structure that offers four times the airflow.
You’ll also additionally find a system at layer seven that draws fresh air into the core that channel fresh air to you. The mattress also has a ‘wave’ technology to distribute weight evenly and encourage better spinal alignment.
Choose between soft, medium and firm depending on your preference and for the indecisive among you, the brand offers a 100 night comfort trial.
Buy now £1899.00, Brook + Wilde
Sealy Activsleep Geltex Pocket 2800 Mattress
While this may look like your run-of-the-mill mattress, this model from Sealy actually boasts a 6cm deep layer of Geltex - a specialised gel-infused foam that has an open cell structure and thus, impressive breathability. Air moves around the interior instead of getting trapped in the foam, ensuring the optimal body temperature.
The top cover is knitted and microquilted so it’s super soft but most importantly of all, it’s infused with Purotex probiotics to shield against nasties like bacteria and dust mites to prevent allergies as well as Adaptive technology to keep you fresh and cool.
It has a medium firmness and a deep 33cm design. On top of the regular mattress, you’ll see a soft top layer that appears like a topper. It’s basically just an oversized pillow and you’ll sink right into it as it cocoons your body and relieves pressure on the points that need it most. Prepare to snooze your alarm.
There are also 2800 pocket springs - 1400 traditional and 1400 mini - that provide a support system, while the brand’s Unirail technology ensures its sturdy from corner to corner, giving you a feeling of rolling together as you turn throughout the night.
Buy now £759.99, Mattress Online
Silentnight Studio Gel Mattress
If right now, you are waking up more tired and restless than when you went to sleep, you’re doing something wrong. The Silentnight mattress is designed to turn that feeling on its head with a hybrid gel model that will leave you refreshed and revitalised.
The multi-layered construction includes a gel-infused filling that has a supportive body-shaping effect and gives the extra breathability that hot sleepers so desperately need. The 3cm layer has a cooling effect and increases airflow.
While it has a medium firmness, this gel gives the mattress a great bounce back quality and paired with the 1000 mirapocket springs, it feels supportive and responsive.
The top layer has a great skin-feel but more so, the cross-structure knitted design allows for more air spaces so it feels fresh with every turn.
The mattress arrives compactly rolled up and is entirely vegan.
Buy now £325.06, Mattress Online
TheraPur ActiGel Plus Rejuvenate 2200 Mattress
TheraPur kits this particular mattress out with an ActiGel foam that stays at the perfect temperature throughout the summer and beyond. Not just any foam, it has notable heat regulation properties with a great airflow compared to traditional foam models. The 4cm layer is zoned so you are cool in the places that you need it most. It’s also memory foam in nature so gives impressive support.
Alongside this, you’ll find 1245 pocket springs and a PurFibre layer that adapt to your body’s movement and rebounds and recovers as needed without motion transfer. The materials are also hypoallergenic materials to prevent allergens, dust and dirt from building up.
With a medium-firm feel, it’s a perfect compromise for those couples with different sleeping preferences.
Buy now £999.00, Dreams
Emma Original Hybrid
Can’t decide between a foam or a pocket sprung mattress? Emma has this hybrid model that has the best of both worlds.
As well as great support, the model is designed to maximise breathability through open-pored foams. The Airgocell foam has a patented construction and is like a gel for air circulation. There are in fact two layers of this within the mattress, where the second adds support and a heat release to the edges of the mattress. These layers are alongside pocket springs that have an extra tall design and are well placed in order to encourage temperature dispersion and to be moisture-wicking.
There’s also a layer of visco-elastic memory foam that evenly distributes weight across the length of the product and relieves pressure on the body and HRX foam to prioritise the perfect alignment of your body.
Try it out for 200 nights risk-free and with a money-back guarantee.
Buy now £699.00, Emma