“Cooler than the other side of the pillow” This catchphrase will forever be associated with legendary sportscaster Stuart Scott and became a classic colloquialism for American sports fans as soon as it was uttered on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
One of the reasons it resonated so strongly with viewers is because it was instantly relatable.
We’ve all flipped the pillow in the middle of the night and experienced that fresh feeling of coolness across our faces when we hit that now-proverbial other side of the pillow.
Essentially, we all get it because we’ve all gotten it.
And it’s possible for us to pull a shutout and keep cool all night long, every single night.
Here’s the double play to win a cool night’s sleep.
The first step is all in the sheets.
The types of sheets that will work best to ensure you achieve your ultimate chill depend largely on the fabric.
Think about the way exercise clothing has changed over time. The best athletes are wearing clothing engineered to maintain an optimal temperature and keep them dry.
The same concept is applied to fabrics of all types, including bed sheets. The connection between athletic wear and sheets is how they deal with sweat.
Just as excessive accumulation of sweat can inhibit an athlete from getting the most out of their activity, so too can sweat keep you from getting the best sleep possible.
The best sheets utilize optimal fabrics to either prevent sweat or wick it away. Breathable fabrics are the ones that prevent sweat, whereas absorbent fabrics are the ones that wick sweat away.
Now, let’s quickly discuss the consequences of thread count.
Thread count is one of the most visible things advertised when buying sheets, but beware: bigger isn’t better.
A higher thread count will lead to a lack of breathability, and when it comes to overall sleep comfort, breathability beats softness. Experts say to look for a thread count somewhere between 200–400 to get the best balance between breathability and comfortable texture.
Next up is the actual fabric itself.
The two options would be natural and synthetic fibers.
If you are going to go with a natural fabric, the standard-bearers are cotton and bamboo.
Cotton is the classic choice, and it’s famous for its breathability, which keeps it from trapping unwanted heat and allowing your skin to breathe. This can be where the higher end of the recommended thread-count range comes into play, because while very low-end quality sheets can feel like burlap, long-fiber cotton in a percale or sateen weave can leave you feeling like you’re cocooned in silk, without its being so pricey or high maintenance.
Bamboo is the new star of the fabric world because it is equally as breathable as cotton, but also wicks away moisture, ensuring that you stay cool and dry while you’re getting a good night’s sleep. And you may rest easier knowing your sheets are ethically and sustainably produced, if you choose your product as an informed and careful consumer.
Both are tried and true kings of comfort and are going to be your best bets when it comes to natural fabrics.
An alternative to natural fabric would be synthetic sheets, but we wouldn’t recommend it. The main benefit of synthetic material would be its ability to wick away moisture, but a better solution to prevent sweating would be to maintain an optimal sleep temperature.
This brings me to the second, vital aspect of being sure you’re sleeping cooler than the other side of the pillow: Sleep Temperature Optimization.
The best way to optimize sleep temperature is by sleeping with the ChiliPad™. This is an unnoticeable, thin, temperature-controlled mattress pad that fits over your mattress, under your bed sheets. You can set the temperature to anywhere between 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit and immediately begin testing which temperature will lead to the most efficient and productive sleep cycle for your specific needs.
Most studies have shown that the optimal sleep temperature lies somewhere between 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which means most of us enjoy the “cooler than the other side of the pillow” feeling. Utilizing the temperature-control capabilities of the ChiliPad is the best, easiest, and most consistent way to achieve that cooling feeling.
We all sleep, and we all want to win. So be sure to turn the double play, with the best sheets and a ChiliPad, to sleep “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” tonight.
Extra Innings: For a real triple play when it comes to making sure that your sleep is cooler than the other side of the pillow, you might want to go that extra step and ensure your pillow is just as cool as your sheets are by adding the ChiliGel™ cooling pillow pad. This pad made with soothing, cooling gel is the final step to knocking every night’s sleep right out of the park.