HOW WE DECIDED
|Medically Reviewed by Dr. Gregory Minnis, DPT|
|Dr. Gregory Minnis is a physical therapist with an interest in orthopedic manual therapy. He graduated from the University of St. Augustine in Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His work experience includes orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, neurological rehab, advanced assessment and treatment of running injuries, and advanced treatment of the pelvic complex, spine, and extremities. He loves spending time outdoors biking, skiing, and surfing.|
Our Top Mattress Picks For Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Sorry boys, but we’ve curated this list specifically for women, especially women who heat up or get night sweats during sleep. This could be because of menopause, pregnancy, or just the extra hormones we women have to deal with on a daily basis. Here’s our list of the top rated beds to cool you down during hot flashes, menopause and night sweats.
- Best Mattress For Hot Flashes – Purple
- Best Mattress For Menopause – Layla
- Best Mattress For Night Sweats – Brooklyn Aurora
- Best Natural/Organic Mattress – Avocado
- Easy To Clean Mattress – Puffy Mattress
That’s just the start to this mattress buyer guide. We’ve included a lot more information below that you’ll want to consider. Hopefully, armed with our mattress list, you’ll be well on your way to getting a cooler and much more comfortable night of sleep.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Unique||Free Gifts w/ Mattress Purchase||The Original Purple mattress is one of the most sought after beds online. It’s completely unique and is a great option for those that are interested in trying something new. It’s one of the only beds to feature Hyper-Elastic Polymer, a proprietary comfort material.|
|Memory Foam Value Pick!||$160 Off + Gift Code: RIZSLUMBER||Layla is a memory foam mattress that’s flippable and features a “Soft” and “Firm” side.|
|Soft Foam||25% Off Code: ANNIVERSARY25||Aurora is one of the best cooling hybrid mattresses online. It’s made in the USA, comes in multiple firmness options, and has a cool-to-the-touch cover.|
|Latex Foam||$175 Off Code: SUMMER175||The Avocado Green Mattress is the most sought after natural/organic mattress online. It’s supportive, comfortable, and constructed with high quality materials.|
|Mixed Foam||$300 Off + Gift Discount In Cart||Puffy is one of the best known online mattresses. It has three layers of foam and a comfortable, accommodating “feel.”|
How We Put This Mattress Buyer Guide Together
First, it’s important to note that we are not doctors and this buyer guide is not an offering of health advice. However, we did conduct a lot of research about pregnancy from the American Pregnancy Association (“APA”) and other expert sources.
From our research, we learned that pregnant women should sleep on their side, especially once they start to develop a bump. The APA recommends to sleep specifically on the left side, as this will optimize the amount of blood and nutrients that go to the baby. Sleeping on your back is not recommended as it leads to your abdomen resting on your intestines and major blood vessels, which can cause back aches, trouble breathing, and decreased blood flow to the fetus. And obviously, sleeping on your stomach is a no-go, as well. As such, we took the proper sleeping positions into consideration as we created this list.
Furthermore, we learned menopause typically happens to women in their 40s and 50s and can cause problems with sleeping, hot flashes, and extra sweating. Besides the mattress tips provided for you in this post, we also recommend you should wear loose cotton pajamas, keep your bedroom well-ventilated, and avoid spicy foods before bed. These tactics should help you sleep more comfortably at night.
Best Mattress For Hot Flashes
Purple makes some of the most interesting mattresses on the market, mostly because of the top layer of the beds. The founders of Purple invented Hyper-Elastic Polymer, which is a silicone-like material that’s unlike anything else out there (at least on a mattress). Hyper-Elastic Polymer feels a bit like Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts, but on a much larger scale.
We’ve found that people either love Purple mattresses or take a hard pass. The material makes the mattress feel a little softer and bouncy. It conforms to your body well and actually does a nice job of offering pressure relief and support at the same time.
Purple beds aren’t necessarily cool to the touch, but because the Hyper-Elastic Polymer is laid out in a grid format, there’s very little surface area to that top layer. This allows for an almost unreal amount of airflow, which is great news for people with hot flashes and/or night sweats. Hyper-Elastic Polymer also happens to be just a naturally cooler material that doesn’t trap heat the way memory foam does, for example.
The company started with the Original Purple mattress, but then rolled out three Purple Hybrid mattresses a couple years later, which are more supportive because they incorporate coils. We also think these new Purple Hybrid mattresses will be more ideal for heavier/obese people as a result of those coils.
The base Purple Hybrid is the firmest mattress that they make, however, in reality it’s not that firm—it’s about a medium-firm. It’s going to be best for menopausal back and stomach sleepers, but we also think side sleepers will be just fine. The Purple Hybrid Premier 3 is just a hair softer and is ideal for all sleeper types. The Purple Hybrid Premier 4 has a similar firmness level to the Hybrid Premier 3, but since it has a thicker slab of Hyper-Elastic Polymer, it provides more of an immersive, weightless experience. It’s our favorite Purple mattress, but it’s also the most expensive.
Best Mattress For Menopause
Layla is a flippable mattress with a Firm and a Soft side, as designated by the light and dark grey in the image below. The Firm side is really more like a medium to medium-firm on our firmness scale, and the Soft side is a medium-soft.
Layla is a really nice mattress for side sleeping, which is how pregnant women should be sleeping, because it provides lots of pressure relief for their hips, baby, and shoulders. Combo sleepers should be fine, but if you’re a strict back/stomach sleeper, you’ll definitely want to stick to the Firm side.
Because this bed has a classic memory foam feel, you’ll find that you get a little of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling on the Soft side (none on the Firm side), but if you like memory foam, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Again, in classic memory foam fashion, this mattress does a good job of deadening all movement, so you won’t feel your partner moving around in the middle of the night, but is awful for jumping on the bed and pillow fights.
You’re probably thinking, Doesn’t memory foam get super hot? Well, Layla actually uses copper-infused memory foam, which helps to disperse heat within the mattress, and keeps the bed pleasantly neutral in terms of temperature. This should help with those hot flashes, night sweats, or particularly hot sleepers who still love the feel of memory foam. To be clear, it’s not a cool-sleeping mattress—it’s just cooler than a standard memory foam bed.
Best Mattress For Night Sweats
Hot sleepers, listen up—you’re going to sleep pretty darn cool on this bed. This is because this mattress has active cooling technology in the CopperFlex foam top layer and a phase change material called TitanCool in the Euro-top cover. So if you like to sleep cool (or should I say cold?), this bed is great.
The Aurora is a hybrid bed that comes in multiple firmness options: Soft, Medium, and Firm. As you’d expect, the Medium option is the most popular. In terms of firmness it’s about a medium-soft on our scale.
The Medium option is going to be great for side sleepers because it offers excellent pressure relief. Strict back and stomach sleepers will most likely want to go with the Firm option, but combo sleepers who move around might be fine on the Medium model (as long as you’re on the lighter side). Still, given both the cooling nature of the bed and the pressure relief, the Aurora will be nice for pregnant women.
Overall, this mattress feels like a bouncy innerspring bed with a soft, neutral foam on top (regardless of the firmness level you choose). This is great for little kids who like to jump on the bed, but the motion isolation of the foam topper does a good job of deadening motion, so don’t worry—they won’t get too much air and fly off onto the floor.
Best Natural/Organic Mattress
Avocado very well could be the most durable mattress on this list. First of all, it’s a natural and organic mattress that features recycled steel coils and organic latex foam.
The fact that it is offered with and without a pillow top also means that it’s an interesting and viable option for pregnant women—or even women who plan to get pregnant—because you have a choice over the firmness level.
This mattress is also super durable because it’s made with coils and organic latex, which is a bouncy foam material made from the sap of trees. Latex in general is a fairly durable foam, which, along with the coils, means this bed will last a long time.
In addition, latex mattresses tend to stay a little cooler throughout the night because the latex foam doesn’t quite hug your body or trap heat the way memory foam does. It’s also eco-friendly, and will be nice for those of you who have allergies.
Overall, this is a totally underrated bed that has very few downsides, other than perhaps the price tag.
Easy to Clean Mattress
Like a lot of bed-in-a-box mattresses out there, the Puffy is a comfortable foam mattress, but what sets it apart is its removable and machine washable cover. We thought this would be a great feature for women who experience night sweats (rejoice clean freaks, myself included), and even mothers who let their little kids into the bed. All yucky sweat and spills can be washed away!
In terms of feel, we rated Puffy as a medium (to medium-firm) on our firmness scale, which should be good for all sleepers, but perhaps slightly more ideal for back, stomach, and combo sleepers from the get-go.
Although this bed is made with memory foam, it feels more like neutral foam because it responds quickly and you don’t get any of that stuck-in-the-mud feeling. It also has surprisingly good edge support for an all-foam bed, so feel free to creep away from your partner who sleeps at 100 degrees (we’re talking about you, men).
Overall, Puffy is a comfy bed, but it really doesn’t have a signature or unique feel. It reminds us of Tulo or Leesa in that it kind of just feels neutral—almost like a big slab of softer foam. And that’s not meant as a negative. If you know that don’t like memory foam, you might really appreciate the feel of Puffy. This is a very accommodating mattress.
Different Types Of Sleepers
We’ve already mentioned that there are a few different sleeper types, but let’s dive a little deeper into what this actually means. There are three ways to lay in a bed, right? Unless you’ve trained yourself to sleep standing up or on you head (but like, that does NOT sound comfortable) we are going to bet that you are either someone who sleeps primarily on your back, your stomach, or your side, or you are someone who alternates between the three throughout the night (combo sleeper). You might not know that, depending on how you lay on a mattress, you need different things from it:
Back sleepers for example, need a mattress that has a bit more support and firmness that will prevent their trunk from sagging and provide enough support to their spine.
Stomach sleepers also need a good deal of support to keep their spine in alignment, but we find that a little extra cushion is good for stomach sleepers to protect their more delicate areas which come into direct contact with the mattress. This is especially pertinent to women who are in their early stages of pregnancy, have breast pain and cramping associated with menopause or menstruation, and even for nursing mothers.
Side sleepers on the other hand, need a mattress that will have enough softness to cradle their hips and shoulders in order to prevent injury caused by too much pressure. As mentioned, it is highly recommended that pregnant women sleep on their side to mitigate some of the sleep problems that pregnancy causes and to prevent their belly from putting too much pressure on vital organs. Sleeping on your side while pregnant, especially your left side, also increases the amount of blood and nutrients that are able to reach your baby while sleeping. You’ll notice that most of the mattresses we’ve included in this list are on the softer side of the spectrum in order to take this into consideration.
More Sleeping Tips For Pregnancy
Pregnant women can experience a slew of issues associated with their pregnancy which can make sleep harder to come by. We have gathered a few more tips, thanks to the National Sleep Foundation, to help you get a good night’s sleep before your little one comes (and those restful nights will be much harder to come by.)
Nausea and frequent urination can be major pregnancy symptoms that cause women to get out of bed repeatedly at night. It is important to drink lots of fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated and provide vital nutrients to your growing baby, but cutting down a few hours before bedtime can alleviate that constant “need to pee” feeling. In addition to drinking a lot of fluids, avoiding spicy foods and snacking instead of bland and filling foods like crackers or rice can reduce heartburn and stave off nausea.
Exercising regularly improves circulation and can prevent leg cramps while sleeping but make sure you consult your doctor or midwife about exercises that will be safe for you and your baby, especially in the later stages of your pregnancy.
If you are having a hard time winding down during bed time, taking naps throughout the day, and practicing breathing and relaxation techniques, or taking a bath before bed can help bring sleep on more easily. Also, if you are not used to sleeping on your side or just need a bit more cushion, pregnancy pillows can provide a good deal of relief. Check out our blog post about how to use a pregnancy pillow to improve your sleep.
Menopause Has An Effect On Your Sleep
Women throughout all stages of life can benefit from the proper mattress. Pregnancy and menstruation can cause symptoms that alter sleep, but so, too, can menopause. We consulted the Mayo Clinic and the Sleep Foundation to find out exactly why and how the end of your menstruating years can disrupt your sleep so much.
Menopause is definitely an uncomfortable experience, and should be approached with the advice of doctors and women’s health experts, but it is a natural biological occurrence that will affect every menstruating person, at around the age of 50.
Menopause can also be triggered by other things that cause a decline in hormone levels, including hysterectomies, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments.
Most women will likely know that Menopause refers to the time which marks the end of their menstrual cycle, but it actually isn’t diagnosed until a woman has gone a year without experiencing a period. The process, however, can begin several months or years before a woman stops menstruating, this is called Perimenopause. This phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle can come with a host of symptoms that mark a decline in a woman’s reproductive hormone levels. These symptoms can take different forms for different women, but some of the most common symptoms include irregular periods, vaginal dryness, chills, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep and mood disturbances, weight fluctuations and skin dryness.
Hot Flashes Are Common With Menopause
Perhaps the most common symptom of menopause is hot flashes, which are a sudden feeling of intense warmth over the face and body. Hot flashes can also cause a reddening of the skin, a rapid heartbeat, sweating and a subsequent chilled feeling. The exact cause of hot flashes isn’t known, but is likely related to fluctuations in hormone levels and increased sensitivity of the hypothalamus.
Hot flashes can become really uncomfortable and annoying and there are a few risk factors that have been purported with more intense hot flashes. Smoking and obesity have been linked to more frequent hot flashes, as have certain ethnic predilections, with women of African and Hispanic descent reporting far more discomfort than Asian and European women.
A few holistic changes can make a difference in staving off the discomfort of hot flashes. Some women have found relief through meditation, acupuncture and even hypnosis and the employment of deep breathing exercises, though these treatments have not been medically supported. It is recommended that women experiencing hot flashes avoid certain triggers, such as smoking, spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol and take steps to regulate body temperature when a hot flash is coming on.
Dressing in layers is a good place to start, as is using a fan or air conditioner and sipping a cold beverage during a hot flash. If you are being awoken by hot flashes during the night, a lot of these steps can be taken to mitigate their severity. Wear light-weight cotton or silk pajamas and sleep with layers of blankets for when you experience a hot flash or a period of chills. Keep the room cool and well-ventilated and keep a glass of water next to you. Sleeping on a cooling or breathable mattress is also going to help alleviate some of this discomfort.
Sleep disturbances — In addition to hot flashes, menopausal women experience several other symptoms that alter sleep: insomnia, sleep disordered breathing, night sweats, and mood fluctuations are among the most common.
Night sweats are distinguished by an excessive amount of sweat production during the night that can often drench the sleeper’s pajamas and sheets. It is important to note that night sweats happen regardless of the temperature of the sleeping environment. If you are sweating at night despite being in an air-conditioned room and kicking off all of your blankets, you might want to talk to your doctor about night sweats. Menopause is the most common cause of nocturnal perspiration, but it has also been linked to idiopathic hyperhidrosis, certain infections and cancers, adverse reactions to medications, low blood sugar, hormone disorders and neurological conditions. If you are experiencing excessive sweating during the night, a mattress with a removable washable cover, like the Puffy mattress, could help make the clean up process a lot easier. You also might want to check out our blog post with some tips to help you clean your mattress.
Women going through menopause are far more likely than younger women to experience sleep disordered breathing, such as snoring or sleep apnea. These breathing issues can severely deplete the quality of your sleep and cause next-day fatigue. If you share your bed, this can also become incredibly disruptive to your partner’s sleep as well. Poor sleep quality has drastic effects on your waking hours, and steps to mitigate the causes should be seriously considered. There are several medical treatments for snoring and sleep apnea, and you should consult your doctor if you are struggling with any of these issues. We have also found that practicing certain yoga poses before bed can help open your airways and reduce sleep apnea symptoms.
Mood changes — Another major issue that menopausal women face is mood disturbances. Hormone imbalances, coupled with a deteriorating quality of sleep and the emotional weight of exiting your child-bearing years can have a really severe impact on a woman’s mental health. Occurrences of depression and anxiety are very common among women who are going through menopause, these illnesses can cause social issues and alter sleep patterns, further depleting sleep quality. If you are experiencing any mood changes or have concerns about your mental health during menopause, it is important to talk to doctors and mental health professionals about steps that you can take to treat your symptoms and start feeling, and sleeping, more like yourself again.
Keep in mind that, though we have done our research, we are by no means medical professionals. If you have any questions or concerns about menopause, or are seeking treatment for your symptoms, consult your doctor. Our goal is to help you better understand how Menopause relates to sleep, and steer you towards a mattress that will help you sleep more comfortably throughout this transitional phase.
|How does shipping work with a bed that I buy online?||Glad you asked. It’s really easy, so long as you live in the Contiguous United States. In almost every case, shipping will be totally free and your new bed will show up at your house within about 7 days of placing your order.|
|What if I don’t like my new bed?||This is a real possibility for someone with night sweats or hot flashes. You want to make sure that the bed doesn’t trap heat and allows you to cool off at night. If you don’t like your new mattress, in many cases, returns will be completely free during your trial period. That means the brand will send someone to pick up the mattress (at no extra cost to you) and you should get a full refund.|
|What is the best type of mattress for hot flashes and night sweats?||There are a few really great options, but typically you’ll want a bed with either a cooling cover or some sort of special comfort layer. As an example, beds like Purple do a good job of keeping you cool because they pull in a lot of airflow. The same is generally true of latex mattresses.|
|How can I clean my new mattress?||Most of the companies will tell you just to “spot clean” the bed, but we’ve also identified plenty that come with a washable cover.|