Mattress covers that stay cool

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Mattress covers that stay cool
Your bedding can help you get a better night's sleep. (in bed image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com)

If you suffer from hot flushes, night sweats or just find yourself warmer than normal when you're sleeping, the aid of a cooling blanket or mattress topper may relieve some of your discomfort. How the pad works varies with brands, some use water cores, electricity or technology that claims to absorb, store and release excess heat.

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Cool Pad

The Cool Pad mattress topper is distributed by the Personal Cooling Centre Ltd. It requires no electricity or filling to operate. If you wish for extra cooling power, however, you can refrigerate your topper for two hours prior to using. It operates on a cool gel technology, which dissipates heat from your body, according to the Personal Cool Centre Ltd. The cooling pad is reusable and weighs approximately 7 kg (15.4 lb).

CoolMax

DuPont makes the CoolMax foam mattress cover. It is a 5 cm (2 inch) mattress cover that helps keep your body cool by controlling moisture. It also features a nonslippery underside and is temperature- and weight-sensitive. This mattress topper was originally called the NASA mattress because it was designed for astronauts. The CoolMax mattress cover, which can be placed on any bed, comes in all standard bed sizes. It requires no extra attention and can be placed and forgotten.

ChiliPad and ChiliBed

The ChiliBed is a line of mattresses while the ChiliPad is a mattress cover. Both come in standard bed sizes. Temperatures are adjustable to as low as 7.78 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) and up to 47.8 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). Both work off electricity and water flowing through soft coils. Only water flows through the mattress, the temperature change occurs in the control unit outside of the bed, which all operate silently.

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