Best Overall: The Original PeachSkinSheets Moisture Wicking SheetsBest Linen Sheets: Brooklinen Linen Core SheetsBest Cotton Sheets: Parachute Percale SheetsCotton Sheets Runner-Up: Chateau Home Collection's Egyptian Cotton SheetsMagnolia Organics Dream Collection SheetsBamboo Sheets Runner-Up: Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 Series S SheetsBest High-Tech Sheets: Dri-Tec Lite Performance Sheets
While you're snoozing away, your body is working hard to keep your temperature in a healthy range. The process is called thermoregulation, but some of us have a higher internal thermometer than others—including people who naturally run hot, are going through menopause, or have a condition like diabetes or hyperthyroidism—and suffer from night sweats as a result.
Waking up drenched night after night is bad enough, but being too hot can also throw off your sleep cycle and interfere with your ability to get quality shut-eye, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). To the rescue: cooling sheets, which can keep you from overheating while you sleep.
How to find the best cooling sheets
Look for soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or bamboo, or ones that are specifically designed to wick away moisture, says Michael Breus, PhD, author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan and a clinical psychologist who specializes in sleep disorders. Additionally, the NSF recommends staying away from high-thread-count sheets. While the fabric feels luxurious against the skin, it turns out the tighter weave hinders their breathability.
Here are the best cooling sheets that meet Breus' criteria. A sweat-free night's sleep awaits!
Best Overall: The Original PeachSkinSheets Moisture Wicking Sheets
4.7 out of 5 stars 1,000+ Amazon customer reviews
Moisture-wicking sheets work by pulling moisture off the surface of the skin, says Dr. Breus. This option is specifically designed to do that and more: Its SMART fabric is also stain-resistant, ultra-soft, and super breathable. For even more ways to get a better night's rest, don't miss these natural sleep aids.
Best Microfiber Sheets: Mellanni Bed Sheets
4.4 out of 5 stars 50,000+ Amazon customer reviews
Made with breathable microfiber that helps keep you dry, these extra-soft sheets are available in nearly 40 colors and come with a lifetime guarantee. Maybe that's why a whopping 48,000 people have given them a collective 4.5-star rating on Amazon, making these sheets a #1 bestseller.
Best Linen Sheets: Brooklinen Linen Core Sheets
4.4 out of 5 stars 500+ Brooklinen customer reviews
Linen sheets are great for hot sleepers because they're light and breathable compared to other fabrics. While linen isn't as soft as cotton, it has a cozy, textured look and is much more durable. Brooklinen is known for selling some of the best linen sheets out there, and these navy chambray sheets are no different. Made with the high-quality Belgian and French flax, these cooling sheets have been stonewashed to give it a super soft feel. Plus, each piece is individually pre-washed and dyed.
Linen Sheets Runner-Up: Lausonhouse 100% Pure French Linen Sheets
4 out of 5 stars 50+ Amazon customer reviews
These lightweight, luxurious sheets are available in seven pastel hues, from chambray blue to mauve, for a touch of calming tones to your bedroom. Each set comes with two pillow cases, a flat sheet, and a fitted sheet. Since linen sheets are delicate, it's recommended you wash them in the gentle cycle and line dry them if you can.
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Best Cotton Sheets: Parachute Percale Sheets
4 out of 5 stars 200+ Parachute customer reviews
You've heard about them on Pod Save America—now it's time to try them out for yourself. Made in Portugal with 100 percent long-staple Egyptian cotton, these soft, comfortable bed sheets are the definition of understated luxury. They're lightweight, breathable, and are easy to clean in the washing machine: Use cool water with a mild liquid detergent and avoid bleaching. Tumble dry low and use wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.
Cotton Sheets Runner-Up: Chateau Home Collection's Egyptian Cotton Sheets
4.2 out of 5 stars 200+ Amazon customer reviews
Cotton fabric is one of the most breathable textiles on the market, says Dr. Breus. We like these sheets from Chateau Home Collection, which are woven with 100 percent Egyptian cotton. They're sweat-wicking and temperature-balancing to keep you cool. Best of all, they've been tested to ensure durability and meet the standards for strength, thread count, pilling shrinkage, and color fastness.
Magnolia Organics Dream Collection Sheets
4.3 out of 5 stars
700+ Amazon customer reviews
In addition to white, these sheets are available in six calming colors. Plus, these organic cotton sheets have just the right thread count at 300. It's low enough to allow air to easily pass through, keeping you cool and dry, yet high enough for the fabric to feel satiny and cozy. These fitted sheets also have a deep pockets to ensure that they stay on your bed, no matter how much you toss and turn. An Amazon reviewer says, "They're cool and soft and made a huge difference on my new mattress. One of the best features is the elastic around the fitted sheet edge, which holds the sheet firmly in place."
Best Bamboo Sheets: Cariloha Classic Bamboo Sheets
4.2 out of 5 stars 1,000+ Amazon customer reviews
There's a reason why bamboo sheets are becoming popular: Not only is the fabric soft and comfortable, but it's also eco-friendly. Cariloha claims that its sheets will keep you "three degrees cooler than cotton sheets." Plus, they naturally keep odors and allergens away from your bed. In fact, the viscose—a fiber in bamboo fabrics—helps prevent skin irritations that can flare up with sheets that are chemically treated. Each set comes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.
Bamboo Sheets Runner-Up: Zen Bamboo Luxury 1500 Series S Sheets
4.3 out of 5 stars 2,000+ Amazon customer reviews
These have a combination of bamboo and microfiber, offering you the best of lightweight and cooling sheets. They're hypoallergenic, which means they prevent dust mites, mold, and other allergens from jumping into bed with you. Plus, they're stain- and wrinkle-resistant, so they look brand new every time you use them. Maybe that's why more than 2,000 Amazon reviewers can't stop raving about them. An Amazon reviewer writes, "These sheets are simply amazing! I love bamboo! These are just as soft and cool as my set of $120 Egyptian cotton sheets. The first night I slept in them, I got in bed and they felt so cool and soft."
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Best High-Tech Sheets: Dri-Tec Lite Performance Sheets
4.3 out of 5 stars
6 Overstock customer reviews
These sweat-wicking sheets are made from the same type of quick-dry fabric as your softest, most comfortable workout clothes. But additionally, they're constructed in a way that promotes air flow, ensuring cooler sleep. In fact, they have ventilated panels that keep air flowing and help move heat away from your body. An Overstock reviewer says, "I have night sweats and have tried many different sheet sets that claim to keep you cool at night. I was hesitant to spend a little extra for these sheets, but I decided to try them and I'm so glad I did. I no longer stay awake half the night with damp sheets."
High-Tech Sheets Runner-Up: Sheex Original Performance Sheets
3.9 out of 5 stars
300+ Amazon customer reviews
A blend of polyester and spandex, these sheets are as soft and smooth as they are functional: Sheex claims that its bedding "transfers body heat two times more effectively than traditional cotton sheets." Thanks to its thermoregulating technology, these sheets have temperature control and wicks moisture and sweat. A set includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases for a peaceful night of rest.
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Maria Masters is an experienced health journalist with more than a decade of experience interviewing doctors, nutritionists, and other experts for publications such as Prevention, Men's Health, and Everyday Health.
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