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Getting a good night's sleep is essential to taking care of your mental and physical health — and creating the perfect setting is key.
You can find the perfect mattress and use blackout curtains to achieve total darkness, but finding a solution for overheating can be more difficult, especially during the summer. Fortunately, swapping your current bedding for cooling bedsheets can help.
Sleep expert and author of "The Mindful Way to a Good Night's Sleep" Tzivia Gover told Shop TODAY that cool and dark conditions are optimal for getting high-quality rest. "When thinking of the ideal environment to support sleep, think of creating a sleep cave."
What are cooling sheets?
Cooling sheets are bedsheets designed to combat overheating while you sleep. The cooling properties can come from thread count, material or the weight of the fabric.
"Even if you're the best sleeper, sleeping in a 100-degree room will disturb your quality of sleep," clinical psychologist Dr. Joshua Tal said.
What should you look for while shopping for cooling bedsheets?
In terms of texture, Dr. Shelby Harris, a licensed clinical psychologist and author of "The Women's Guide to Overcoming Insomnia," explains that something smooth and comfortable is best.
"Higher thread counts are more smooth and comfortable, and they frequently trap less heat," she said. If you don't have a material preference, she advises choosing the option with the highest thread count you can find.
Tal also advised buying sheets that are made with light and breathable materials such as linen, cotton, eucalyptus or bamboo.
Top-rated, affordable cooling sheets to shop
Stay comfortable throughout the night with this microfiber sheet set with more than 5,900 verified five-star ratings that is made with a moisture-wicking system that dries faster than cotton. The queen-sized set includes two pillowcases, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet.
This cooling bedding set has more than 57,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon and is said to be breathable, soft and fade-resistant. "I have a thicker than normal mattress so I have difficulty finding sheets that stay on the bed and are good quality but not outrageously priced," one reviewer wrote. "These are amazing! They are so soft and stay on the bed. I wish there were more color options. I have already ordered a second set."
This four-piece sheet set includes two pillowcases, a flat sheet and a fitted sheet. The deep pockets keep it secure throughout the night, and the breathable microfiber material is designed to keep you cool. Plus, with 45 color options and more than 140,500 five-star ratings, it's hard to argue its quality.
More than 45,000 verified customers gave these soft, cooling cotton sheets a five-star rating. The 400-thread count sheet set will last you for decades, the brand says. Even better, the brand adds that the material won't trap dirt or particles in its stitches, allowing for a cleaner sleeping environment.
Made with polyester and microfiber, these sheets are crafted to wick away moisture from night sweats. The set is machine-washable and available in multiple sizes from twin to California king.
Harris stresses the importance of a high thread count, which is why this bestselling, 1,800 thread-count set is a good option. They also come with a lifetime guarantee, meaning you can return them at any time.
These sheets are made with a polyester-microfiber material that's designed to wick away moisture and increase airflow. They're also lightweight — a characteristic Tal recommends paying attention to when buying cooling sheets — and gentle enough for sensitive skin, according to the brand.
Best linen sheet sets, according to shoppers
These fast-drying linen sheets come in 11 colors and are stone-washed for a softer feel. Tal says that linen is a good option because it's lightweight and can absorb excess moisture.
"Sturdy, long lasting, easy to clean and COOL. I run real hot so having sheets that allow for good heat transfer are a huge get," one verified shopper said about these linen sheets.
"I tend to prefer linen sheets because they’re breathable and cooler overall than cotton," Harris noted.
This AllModern set is hypoallergenic and made with 100 percent linen designed to get softer with each wash.
Linen is the perfect lightweight material for everything in summer, including sheets. Each piece of the set is said to be individually washed and dyed, giving it an element of uniqueness and individuality.
Best bamboo sheet sets, according to shoppers
"Bamboo is another good choice for many as it is hypoallergenic, eco-friendly and cool to the touch," Harris explained.
This affordable option from Amazon is made from a bamboo and rayon blend. They're made to be wrinkle-resistant, moisture-wicking and have over 116,000 verified five-star ratings.
Are you looking for affordable, customer-approved bamboo cooling sheets? Well, stop your scrolling, because this set is a great find. It comes with two pillowcases, a top sheet and a fitted sheet so you can truly embrace the silky soft feel the brand promises.
Side effects of using these bamboo sheets include sleeping in and waking up refreshed, according to Nest Bedding. Queen-sized sets come with four pillowcases, a fitted sheet and a top sheet.
According to this brand, these sheets carry thermal-regulating properties that help to keep you cooler during the summer.
"I was always a loyal Egyptian Cotton customer thinking those sheets were the most luxurious on the market until discovering Cariloha! They live up to every claim — soft, smooth, silky, thermo regulating and rich!" one shopper raved.
Best percale sheet sets, according to shoppers
Designed to give you the crisp, clean experience of sleeping in a hotel bed while at home, Pottery Barn's organic percale sheet set is responsibly made and invitingly soft, according to the brand.
"If you want cotton, a percale weave works best," said Harris.
While some cotton has a dense composition, this Parachute bedsheet set has a lightweight, durable and crisp finish.
Tal also suggests looking for percale because of its breathability. Brooklinen's classic sheet set features a percale weave made from lightweight, long-staple cotton.
Best Tencel sheet sets, according to shoppers
According to Nest Bedding, its Tencel sheet set wicks away moisture 50 percent more effectively than cotton for all-night comfort. It's available in three neutral shades and six different sizes.
"Tencel — a fiber derived from eucalyptus trees — has great moisture-wicking abilities and is gaining popularity," said Harris.
While it has a lower thread count, Tencel is still soft to the touch and incredibly beneficial if you deal with night sweats.
These hypoallergenic and breathable sheets are perfect for sensitive skin during any season. The set is available in eight colors and is suitable for mattresses up to 16 inches deep.
Slumber Cloud combines viscose fibers and tencel to create a sheet set that the brand says is more breathable than cotton and as soft as silk. In fact, the company promises that you'll get "your most comfortable slumber" when you have these on your bed. You can choose between one of four colors: White, Blue, Slate and Cream.
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