Do Memory Foam Beds Get Too Hot?
Do memory foam beds get too hot? The answer is yes for a few people, but no for most people.
Foam is a great insulator, and that is a real plus for a bedding material. You want to feel warm and snuggly in your bed. Unlike innerspring mattresses, you never have that drafty feeling of the heat being sucked out of your body when you first get in bed.
Memory foam beds will quickly warm and soften in response to your body. Unlike foam that is actually used for insulation, its open cell structure allows a continual flow of heat away from your body. As you begin to warm, the flow of heat naturally increases, away from the area of higher concentration around your body, to the area of lower concentration in the room.
What Are You Sleeping on Now?
Latex foam mattresses and memory foam beds are a great advance over traditional innersprings beds, water beds, and air beds. However, the other types of beds have been around longer and are more widely used.
If you have ever slept on an innerspring mattress with 2” - 3” of foam, or a foam bed topper, then you may already have your answer to whether or not a memory foam mattress will be too hot for you. Most innerspring beds today have 2” – 3” of foam on top. This amount of foam will be similar to the warmth of an all foam bed.
So if you feel comfortable sleeping on an innerspring bed with a top layer of foam or a foam topper, then you will most likely feel comfortable sleeping on an all foam bed.
Your Body Temperature
Your body temperature is the main consideration when deciding if you will be too warm on a memory foam bed. Yes, a memory foam mattress may be too hot for you if:
· You are an abnormally hot sleeper.
· Your spouse keeps the thermostat much warmer than you would like.
· You like to sleep with a super warm blanket or down comforter.
Most people will find the warmth of a memory foam mattress a benefit. No, a memory foam mattress will not be too hot for you if:
· You sleep cold, average, or warm.
· You are usually cold or comfortable in your house.
· You use different weight blankets and comforters based on how comfortable you feel.
Your House Temperature
I would like to see statistics on how many couples, family members, and roommates agree on where to set the thermostat. Probably most homes have some disagreement about what a comfortable temperature is. People have very different metabolisms, chemistry, and body temperatures. A temperature can feel very warm to one person and chilly to another.
I’ve sold hundreds of memory foam toppers and beds to all types of different people. Sleeping too warm has never been an issue. However, if you have an ongoing debate in your house about where to set the thermostat, and one person is continually too warm, then I would not recommend a foam bed.
If you are a couple, and one of you is continually warm in your house, you will either need to make an agreement that things will be kept a little cooler at night, or stick with a traditional innerspring mattress that will sleep cooler.
Memory Foam Mattresses Fight Increasing Gas Prices, Save Money, and Protect the Environment
The biggest benefit to owning a memory foam mattress during the winter is the comfy warm feeling. However, your bed may also be able to help you save money and conserve natural resources.
Gas prices are going up. One way to combat high utility bills in the winter is to keep the thermostat down. If you use a memory foam bed, you will be able to turn down your heat at night, lower your gas bill, save money, and protect the environment.
Those are things all of us would like to do, and with a memory foam mattress it won’t even be a sacrifice.
Covers, Bedding, Comforters, Blankets, Bed Spread, Etc.
The last issue in deciding whether memory foam beds are too warm for you is what type of bedding you sleep with. People who sleep cool or comfortable will be able to use any type of covers they normally use.
But people who normally sleep warm will not need as many covers as they would on a traditional innerspring mattress. They will find that they can sleep with fewer covers. That’s a plus in the winter when you can move around uninhibited by bulky covers. In the summer you may only need a sheet, coverlet, or bedspread.
A memory foam bed is right for you if:
1) You sleep cool or comfortable, but not if you sleep abnormally hot.
2) Your house is cool or comfortable, but not if your house is kept at a temperature that you find continually hot.
3) Your bedding is cool or comfortable, but not if your bedding is continually hot.
4) You normally sleep hot, but are willing to use less covers or keep your house cooler.
A memory foam bed is definitely right for you if you are continually cold in your house and when you sleep.
The above are my guidelines after talking with hundreds of customers about their memory foam mattresses. In my experience, very few people find foam beds too hot to sleep on. But it’s an issue you will hear about when shopping for a new memory foam bed, so I wanted to share my thoughts to help put the issue to sleep if you had a concern.