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Video: Hot and cold in the bedroom?

By Woman’s Day
updated 12/18/2007 10:43:17 AM ET 2007-12-18T15:43:17

People spend about a third of their lives in bed, so if someone is always hot and the other person always cold, that could lead to a lot of discomfort and fighting.

Here are some tips and products aimed to give everyone a perfect night’s sleep, whether you want to be as cool as a cucumber or as snug as a bug.

First of all, it’s good to know the ideal bedroom temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. A room that’s too warm or too cool can disrupt comfortable sleep.

Next, avoid overlayering: While multiple blankets and pillows have a lovely visual appeal, too many covers can cause a night of fitful sleep. Consider this when selecting the materials you will use on your bed, as well as when preparing for sleep.

Here are some products to give your bedroom a little harmony:

1. Vera Wang By Serta Latex Bed.
This bed has a natural latex core, which is great for your alignment. But unlike other memory foam beds, this bed does not heat up with your body temperature, and the latex is three times more breathable than traditional memory foam, so air is allowed to circulate, creating a cooler sleeping surface.

But if you do want that warmth, the mattress has a built-in comforter that is as soft as down, giving you a cozy feel. Plus, the aloe vera-enhanced fabric creates a smooth, silky finish with hydrating qualities. From $999-$2,999; for a store near you, check out serta.com.

2. The smartest product ever! With Split the Sheets, half of each fitted and flat sheet and pillowcase is warm, soft fleece and the other is cool, 200 thread-count cotton. The dual materials also are used in reversible pillowcases.

The fitted sheet and flat sheet are split down the center. The pillowcases are manufactured with polar fleece on one side and cotton on the other. Just flip the pillowcase over to receive the comfort you want at any time.

Split the Sheets are designed so that they can be rotated, turned or flip-flopped end-to-end. This way, it doesn’t matter which person wants the warm polar fleece and which one wants the cool cotton.

Split the Sheets sets come in king and queen sizes in white, light blue, light green and light pink. Pillowcases (3 in king set, 2 in queen) flip between fleece and cotton sides. Deep pockets on the fitted sheet fit virtually any mattress, including California king. The double-stitched sheet sets are pre-shrunk, with a midweight polyester polar fleece and 200 thread-count cotton. Prices: $84.95 for a queen set, $89.95 for a king at splitthesheets.com and target.com.

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3. This isn’t your grandma’s heating pad. From Sunbeam comes the Therapeutic Mattress Pad. The “dual control” feature allows individuals to personalize their sleeping experience. So, for instance, the woman may like her bed warm and toasty, and put her control to 7 or 8, and the man may want his side to be a cooler 2 or 3.

Plus, it has a preheat feature so you don’t have to jump into a cold bed. With 20 warming settings, this mattress pad has a preheat feature that warms up cold sheets before bedtime. The patented Thermofine warming system adjusts to maintain desired heat. Also includes 10-hour auto shut-off. The Therapeutic Mattress Pad retails for $229.99 for a queen size and $279.99 for a king at bedbathandbeyond.com.

4. For more warmth, add the Oversized Electric Blanket that comes in natural and camel. What’s great about these is the queen and king size have dual controls so he can be cold and you can stay warm or vice-versa. Here we have two products from Sunbeam, both with dual control. First is the ultra-soft Egyptian cotton heated blanket has a soft, luxurious-feeling fabric, preheats quickly, and has technology that adjusts heat evenly. And as you can see, here are the two controllers that allow partners to adjust their heat. The ultra-soft Egyptian cotton heated blanket retails for $169.99 for a queen and $199.99 for a king at bedbathandbeyond.com.

5. Some accessories to keep you warm are cozy pj’s. Flannel pajamas will give you an extra layer of warmth. But, if you don’t want to overheat at bedtime, instead of sleeping in the buff, put on light and airy clothes. Many people go to bed half-naked as they think it helps them sleep. However, experts say that is wrong. The body controls its temperature by perspiring in deep sleep. When you are undressed at this moment, it makes the temperature more difficult to control. Wear light and airy pajamas that absorb sweat well. Check out the fun variety of flannel and cotton pj’s at Jcrew.com, all pretty, cute and comfy.

6. And last but not least, taking a bath in warm water two hours before going to sleep helps blood circulation and cools down your brain. Plus, applying some moisturizing lotions can keep you hydrated and warm or cool.

To stay warm, use the True BlueSpa Island Hot Spot Warming Body Scrub with Coconut Extract & Sugar, which has ingredients like ginger that warm the body, plus stays on skin as moisturizer so you stay warm longer. For a cooling effect before bedtime, use C.O.Bigelow’s refreshing peppermint line of creams — cooling cream if you're hot, and fresh warming sugar scrub if you're cold — to use in shower before bed. Both available at bathandbodyworks.com.

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