Did you know that temperature plays a critical role in determining the quality of your sleep? Your body’s core temperature naturally changes before you can fall asleep and throughout the night. A hot environment is a recipe for a poor night’s sleep, so it’s vital to control the temperature of both your bedroom and your bed. In addition to regulating the temperature in your bedroom, one of the best solutions to avoid overheating and prevent night sweats is to use a cooling system for your bed itself. There are several different bed cooling systems out there that come in various shapes and forms, however, one of the most common debates in the industry is air vs. water. So, let’s get into it!
Water cooling is an active cooling method that can either drastically cool down the surface temperature of your mattress or heat it up. Water-based cooling systems are cooled below your room’s temperature to effectively remove body heat. In theory, being cooler than room temperature or even cooler than your body temperature sounds nice, but it can lead to condensation forming in your bed, in the sheets, and on the water mat. This can lead to mold and mildew build up.
Since water-based systems require a large amount of water, they can take a long time to heat and cool. Because of this, the amount of power needed to cool or heat water-based systems leads to a large amount of heat in your bedroom. Water-based cooling solutions usually have a motor that pumps water through the tubes of the mattress cover, so you may hear the pump and the sound of water.
Water-based systems also require ongoing maintenance like cleaning or refilling the water tank. To prevent the inside of the water tubes or the pump from growing mold, you will need to use an antiseptic additive, like hydrogen peroxide, to refill the water tank. Water-based cooling systems also carry the risk of leaking. Slow leaks may go undetected in your mattress, causing an ideal environment for mold to grow. This can be costly to clean up.
On the other hand, air-based cooling systems blow cool air under the sheets to push hot air away from your body. Cool air in your sleep environment helps remove excess humidity and moisture, making it the ideal bed cooling system for optimal sleep hygiene and health.
Air-based systems come directly in contact with your skin, so they efficiently remove heat from your body. They actively cool the surface of the mattress, for better and more sustained relief if you’re a hot sleeper. Air-based systems have the quickest and easiest setup by far, and they are compatible with most any type of bed and mattress. An additional perk is that there is no maintenance involved. The only potential downside of air-based systems are the bed fans, which you might hear while they are running.
Although the underlying mechanics are similar in both systems, the two methods achieve heat redistribution in very different ways. Getting the temperature right in bed at night is truly one of the most significant factors in getting a good night’s sleep. It’s important to find the best bed cooling solution for you, to increase your chances of a quality sleep.