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Do you sleep hot? Why temperature affects your sleep


Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, clothes half off only to spend the next half hour tossing and turning in a pool of your own perspiration? Gross, right? Maybe you find yourself in the nightly dilemma of wanting to pile on all the blankets (because who could ever fall asleep so exposed), only to kick them all off because they are suffocating you. Don’t worry. We’ve all been there.

Even if you don’t suffer from being a hot sleeper, you’ve likely experienced a similar late-night sweat sesh when you’ve had a fever. What is it about not being able to sleep when you are hot?

Believe it or not, temperature has one of the biggest impacts on our sleep quality. At nighttime our core body temperature naturally drops one to two degrees. This loss in body heat helps you fall and stay asleep – hence, why you struggle falling asleep in warmer environments.

According to sleep experts, the best temperature for sleep is 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If this sounds far too cold for you, don’t panic. You can still cuddle up in your blankets.As long as just the tip of your head is exposed to the cooler air, your body will remain at the ideal sleeping temperature.

If adjusting the thermostat isn’t enough to keep the night sweats at bay, here are five ways to stay cool when sleeping:

Find a cooling mattress

If you are a hot sleeper, you are always looking for ways to sleep cooler. That starts with your mattress.

If the mattress you have now feels like it’s turning your body into an inferno, it’s time to swap that old model for one designed for better air circulation and breathability. Your sleep is golden, and any mattress that doesn’t help you keep your cool the whole night through is robbing you of that deep, restorative sleep we all need.

The materials in your mattress have the biggest impact in determining how cool it sleeps.  The more breathable your mattress materials, the better your mattress will be at allowing air in, out, and away from your body.

In the past, memory foam mattresses got a bad rap for trapping body heat. But contrary to popular belief, not all memory foam mattresses sleep hot. In fact, there have been huge improvements in the engineering of foam mattresses to promote airflow and heat transfer.

Blello’s Serene® foam is a great example of innovation in the industry. Serene foam is a memory foam alternative that is temperature neutral and dissipates heat faster than traditional memory foam. If you are looking for a cool bed, Blello is one to check out.

Be picky about your sheets

Your mattress isn’t the only culprit for trapping heat. Consider your bedding accessories too. If you find yourself kicking your sheets off every night, that may be a sign you need to look for something new.

You’ll want to:

  1. Choose natural fibers -Sheets made from organic materials are naturally breathable and wick away moisture from the body. Not to mention, they are better for the environment.
  2. Consider the weight – You’d think lightweight sheets made of materials like sateen or silk would be cooler, but it turns out they are actually more insulating because they drape to your body. Although, percale sheets are heavier, they actually allow for more circulation.
  3. Ignore the thread-count- We seem to believe the higher the thread count the more luxurious the sheet. And although it’s valid you want to sleep like royalty, a higher thread count means less room for air to flow through.

Learn how to keep your room cool year round

There are ways to keep your room cool other than turning down the AC. Besides, whether you live at home or alone, you probably hear your dad’s voice commanding, “You better not touch that,” every time you approach the thermostat.

Instead you can:

  •  Keep the ceiling fan on high
  • Drape thick curtains to block out heat from the sun
  • Let the night air in (maybe save this one for the fall – otherwise, your dad will haunt you. According to him, if you open the window while the AC is on, you might as well just burn money.

Wear lightweight pajamas (or nothing)

If you are waking up only to find the clothes you went to bed in on the floor, you might as well just leave them off. No shame, nearly half the population is sleeping in the nude.

But if that makes you uncomfortable, at least invest in a cooler pair of PJs. Materials such as bamboo visco, linen and even plain old cotton are good at wicking moisture away from your body.

Help your body reach the perfect sleeping temperature

Like we mentioned before, your core body temperature must drop a few degrees for you to fall asleep. A couple ways to assist in dropping your body temp include taking a warm bath about an hour before bed or working out in the evening. Both these activities cause an increase in body temperature followed by a rapid drop. This drop in temperature is said to help you experience longer and deeper sleep.

If you’ve spent a lifetime identifying as a “hot sleeper,” a mattress that helps you consistently sleep cooler isn’t just a game-changer, it’s a life-changer. Imagine waking up every morning feeling refreshed, relaxed, and recharged — without sweaty feet, a clammy back, or a damp pillow. Take charge of your sleep health with these tips for staying cooler at night.

Visit Mattress Advisor for more information on finding the best mattress or to see our review of the Blello mattress.

*Serene® is a registered trademark of Carpenter Co

4 Benefits of Sleeping On a Cool Mattress


During the summer months, stuffy bedrooms and heat-trapping memory foam can make trying to fall asleep almost impossible. With Blello’s unique combination of Serene® and Qualatex™ foams, our mattresses are guaranteed to keep you snoozing cool and comfortable all summer long. But did you know that the benefits of sleeping on a cool mattress go beyond comfort? Read on to find out how a Blello mattress can change your nights!

1. Better quality sleep

Sleep scientists recommend that for an optimal night’s rest, you should set the thermostat in your bedroom between 65 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine this with Blello’s middle layer of Qualatex™ foam featuring a breathable surface designed to promote airflow, and your body will be primed to cool down to the perfect sleeping temperature.

2. Fall asleep faster

Do you spend nights tossing and turning, unable to find a comfortable position so you can fall asleep? Then it might be time for you to consider investing in a new mattress. Blello’s Serene® foam layer dissipates heat faster than memory foam. Combined with the Qualatex™ foam, these layers can help your body temperature remain constant and cool all night long. This will help to trigger the drowsy feeling needed to send you off to dreamland. And for those of you that share your beds, we’ve got you covered, too. Our foam combination is also designed to reduce motion transfer, so you don’t have to worry about being woken up in the middle of the night by your partner or furry friend!

3. Improves your mood

The importance of a solid eight hours of sleep cannot be overstated enough. When we’re sleep deprived, we can become irritable and cranky. But when we’ve had a good night’s rest, we are awake, alert, and ready to tackle whatever challenges the day may throw at us. Blello mattresses are therefore designed to provide you with a restful night’s sleep, uninterrupted by overheating and motion transfer.

4. Helps burn calories

When we think of weight loss, we think of diets and trips to the gym. But did you know that for the average person, a good night’s sleep can burn up to 500 calories? We burn more calories when we’re in a phase of deep sleep. When you’re sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, you’ll likely experience difficulty achieving this state. With a new mattress from Blello, you’ll enjoy cool, rejuvenating sleep, allowing you to reap all of the benefits.

Start snoozing cool and comfortable with Blello today!

*Serene® is a registered trademark of Carpenter Co. Qualatex™ is a trademark of Carpenter Co.

8 Reasons to Get 8 Hours of Sleep


We’ve all had those times where work, stress, kids and many other things caused us to lose sleep.

That’s normal.

But when it continues on for a long period of time, a lack of sleep can have severe consequences on your health and make you more susceptible to serious medical conditions and diseases.

Everyone has heard that sleep deprivation can lead to obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure – – but that’s not even the worst of it.

Want kids? Want sex? Want money?

That’s right, your out of pocket costs for healthcare increases substantially when you develop conditions and diseases.

Read on for eight reasons a good night’s sleep can boost your health:

1. Better Reflexes and Thinking

Ever wonder why all those studies show that tired driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving? Not only are you at risk of falling asleep, but when you are tired your reaction time suffers. You will be slow at analyzing situations and reacting quickly. Your ability to make decisions safely can impact you and the others around you.

2. Sleep Prevents Diabetes

According to many studies, people who sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of developing diabetes. When you lose sleep constantly, the way your body processes glucose changes substantially. This change often leads to Type 2 diabetes.

3. Boost Your Immunity

Do you always catch that nasty flu virus that is going around? Do you easily pick up random colds? Your immune system relies heavily on getting a full 8 hours of sleep.

4. More Sleep Equals More Sex

Research shows that people who don’t get a full night’s sleep are at risk in the bedroom. These studies show that both men and women who are sleep deprived are more likely to have lower libido.

5. Sleep Deprivation Causes Weight Gain

You’ve been trying every thing you can think of to lose weight. You cut out sugars and carbs. You’ve limited your alcohol intake. You haven’t skipped your daily exercise in months. But somehow, those pounds still won’t come off.

Well, now it’s time to stop watching those late night infomercials. Get rid of the diet pills. A lack of sleep could be the likely culprit.

Several studies have shown that people who sleep less than eight hours a day are likely to gain more weight and have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get more than eight hours.

6. Sleep Helps Prevent Depression

Turns out that people who don’t put eight hours of mattress time in each night also have a high rate of anxiety and depression. You know the drill. You wake up in a bad mood and you are irritable all day.

7. Lower Your Heart Risk

Research shows that sleeping less than 5 hours a day increases the risk of heart attacks by as much as 45%.

That’s crazy! Yeah, we know – – so starting now make sure you get a full 8 hours. Not only will you decrease your blood pressure (and the number of pills you take), you will lower your heart rate and decrease the amount of inflammation.

8. Trying to Have a Baby?

Some studies suggest that some infertility issues are closely related to a lack of sleep.

And hey ladies, this advice isn’t just for the men!

Losing sleep can cause a reduction in the secretion of reproductive hormones.

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What’s the Blello Difference? Your Memory Foam Alternative

unboxing blello

Wondering what makes Blello different from other online mattress companies? For one thing, the top layer of Blello is called Response Foam and consists of 1.5” of Serene® foam. For another, the middle layer is Comfort Foam, which is made from high-density Qualatex™ foam. Since Serene® and Qualatex™ are not as well-known as your other options, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about these materials.

All About Serene® Foam

Designed to combine the best attributes of viscoelasticity and conventional foam, Serene® foam is an alternative to memory foam. As a high-density material, the structure includes billions of microscopic air capsules that work to reduce pressure on critical parts of the body.

Here are some of the most beneficial features of Serene® foam:

It’s Supportive
The cells in Serene® foam are designed so that air is more readily trapped. This requires more force (or weight) to release the air, which translates to more support while you’re sleeping.

On the flip side, it also takes more time for the cells to fill back up with air, which gives the foam contouring capabilities that rival conventional foam and memory foam.

It Keeps Its Cool
Serene® foam is able to dissipate heat faster than memory foam. Plus, it’s not temperature sensitive so you’ll stay cool and dry throughout the night.

The temperature of the environment also won’t affect the comfort of Serene® foam. While memory foam may respond to cold and warm temperatures, Serene® maintains its comfort level at any room temperature.

It Reduces Motion Transfer
Serene® foam controls motion transfer while still retaining the necessary contouring capabilities for the ultimate sleep comfort. You’ll be able to sleep snug without being disturbed by moving partners or pets.

It’s Durable
Serene® foam is high-density and consists of a strong cell structure. This makes the foam long-lasting and very durable. In fact, Serene® foam’s durability rivals that of high-end memory foam, despite being 40% lower in density.


Overall, Serene® foam provides the following benefits:

  • A unique combination of support and pressure relief
  • Contouring properties like memory foam
  • No detectable temperature sensitivity
  • Reduced motion transfer
  • Superior durability
  • Provides more response than memory foam
  • Enhanced support with reduced pressure on critical areas of the body
  • It’s made right here in the U.S.

Other Types of Mattresses

What else can mattresses be made of? Here are three other common materials:

  • Memory Foam – This foam is high-density polyurethane foam formulated to give temperature sensitive behavior. Memory foam has a reputation for sleeping hot because of the foam’s weak breathability as well as its tendency to envelop the sleeper.
  • Innerspring – These mattresses use rows of coil springs as the main support structure. While they can be reasonably priced, these mattresses don’t prevent motion transfer very well and often have short lifespans.
  • Latex – Latex is made from either natural or synthetic materials. Mattresses made from a combination of both are called blended latex. Natural latex can be pricy due to the expense of the material, while blended latex is more affordable.

Most bed-in-a-box companies use traditional memory foam, which was created in the 1970s. Other companies add a gel layer to their mattresses to create a “cooling” effect, but this can be hit or miss. To achieve a cooler sleep, Blello utilizes Serene® foam, which is the most advanced foam on the market.

Serene® foam is our alternative to memory foam and our mattress is also free of coil springs. But did you know that Blello also has a layer that’s an alternative to latex?

An Alternative to Latex – Qualatex™ Foam

While latex mattresses are ideal for some sleepers, others find a few prominent problems with the material, including:

  • Bounce – Since latex doesn’t have the same properties as memory foam, it has a bouncier feel instead of contouring benefits.
  • Motion Transfer – Because of the structure of the latex, you might feel your partner or pet moving in bed during the night.
  • Weight – High-quality, natural latex mattresses can be quite heavy, which will make moving or rearranging furniture difficult.
  • Price – Natural latex mattresses can get a bit pricy since the expense of the material is passed down to the customer.
  • Allergies – If you’re allergic to latex, it’s unlikely that you’d want to sleep on a bed made from the material.

As a latex-free mattress, Blello’s middle layer is made from high-density Qualatex™ foam. This hypo-allergenic layer provides resilient support and a breathable surface that helps improve airflow and keep you cool as your snooze.

This foam’s durable structure means it won’t crumble or crack. In fact, it holds up better through humid conditions and reduces the formation of body impressions over time.

Qualatex™ foam is made through an eco-friendly, U.S.-based manufacturing process and is 100% recyclable. Guaranteed not to sleep hot or go flat, you’ll sleep cool and supported all night long!

What are the major differences between spring and foam mattresses? Read the comparison here.

Overall, What Makes Blello Different?

  • A Better Alternative to Memory Foam – Blello has all the benefits of memory foam’s contouring capabilities with the addition of cooling technology so you can avoid sleeping hot.
  • High-Quality Mattress at a Competitive Price – Made from only premium materials, each foam layer in Blello is durable enough to avoid sinking, but soft enough to contour. As a non-latex mattress, we use Qualatex™ foam as a superior alternative.
  • Simple Online Shopping Experience – Blello ships free and straight to your door, so there’s no need to worry about getting a heavy mattress into your home.
  • 100-Night, Risk-Free Trial – You can sleep on a Blello mattress in the comfort of your own home for 100 nights. This includes free shipping and returns.
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty – You’ll be covered if there are any defects, flaws or deterioration for up to 10 years. Read more about the warranty here.
  • Interactive Quiz – Our quick, six question quiz will honestly tell you if you’d be comfortable sleeping on a Blello mattress.
    Click here to take the quiz!
  • Financing Available Through PayPal Credit – Easily buy now and pay later using your PayPal account.

Try Blello in the comfort of your home for 100 nights and if you’re not satisfied, we’ll arrange a hassle-free return.

*Serene® is a registered trademark of Carpenter Co.
*Qualatex™ is a trademark of Carpenter Co.

Your 100-Night Sleep Trial: Here’s What to Expect

bed with pillows

How does the Blello mattress’ 100-night, risk-free sleep trial work? Here’s everything you need to know, including some frequently asked questions.

When considering where to buy a mattress, we know that you need time to test your options. Shopping in a brick and mortar store can be a good option since you have dozens of mattresses right in front of you, waiting to be tested. But the many different types, hovering salespeople and short amount of time you have with each bed can make the shopping experience a nightmare – not to mention the limitations when it comes to sleep trials and/or returns.

With Blello, your shopping experience is completely different. Every mattress-in-a-box is delivered for free and comes with a 100-night sleep trial that begins the day it’s delivered. You can sleep on your mattress in the comfort of your home, with your own sheets, blankets, pillows and pets for 100 nights. We believe this helps you make the best call on whether Blello is the right fit for your sleep preferences!

But what should you expect during your first 100 nights sleeping on Blello? Here’s what you need to know:

Your Blello’s First Few Hours

Once your mattress is free from its surrounding plastic, magic will happen! Watch as your Blello expands into its full form, right before your eyes.

Since the mattress needs to be compressed to fit into its blue and yellow box, it will need a couple of hours to expand to its full form. We recommend not sleeping on your Blello until then.

The First Few Days

You might notice a subtle odor coming from your mattress. No worries! This is totally normal. Since Blello is made of foam materials, a smell can sometimes be noticeable. This will diminish within 1 to 5 days.

To eliminate this smell quickly, we recommend unboxing and removing your Blello from the plastic wrap as soon as you can.

The First Few Weeks

Since the foam layers making up our Balanced Sleep System™ were designed to give you the perfect combination of contouring, support and coolness, your Blello is going to need some time to get to know you.

In the first few weeks of sleeping on your mattress, it will begin to conform to your body. But don’t worry — while some foam mattresses can sleep hot because of their contouring properties, Blello will avoid trapping heat thanks to our Serene® Foam layer.

We suggest giving yourself at least 30 days to adjust to sleeping on your new mattress. You may need a longer adjustment period if you’re transitioning from sleeping on a different type of mattress, like one with innerspring coils. If this is the case for you, it might be helpful to check out our article comparing foam and spring mattress.

The “Risk-Free” Part of the Trail

You should never be stuck with a product that you don’t love! If you’re not satisfied with your Blello mattress, you can return it at any time during nights 31 and 100 of your 100-night trial.

We’ll work with you to make sure it’s donated to a charity in your area. If one isn’t available, we’ll pick up your mattress. All of this is free of charge. You can see more specifics about our return policy here.

Nights 101 and Beyond

If you’ve made it to night 101, that means you must have found your ideal match with Blello — yay!

After your first 100 nights, you still have coverage under our 10-year, limited mattress warranty. If there are any issues when it comes to the craftsmanship of your Blello, you can contact us for a repair or replacement.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a foam mattress take to fully expand?
Blello is compressed and packaged in an air-tight seal, then boxed to be delivered to your home. Because of this, it’s recommended that you allow a couple of hours for your mattress to fully expand and get back to its intended form.

Why do foam mattresses smell?
The foam layers that comprise a lot of your mattress options are made from polyurethane, which is found in many of the products you use every day. Since Blello is compressed and placed in an air-tight seal during transport to your home, low levels of gas from the polyurethane can build up. When you unpackage your mattress, the gas is released and produces a harmless smell that dissipates within a few days. This is also known as “off-gassing.”

How long does it take for the smell to diminish?
It should only take a few days for the off-gassing smell to diminish. In the meantime, you can make sure the odor dissipates as soon as possible by removing Blello from its plastic wrap as soon as you can and placing it in a well-ventilated room.


*Serene® is a registered trademark of Carpenter Co.

Slumber Hard with These Sleep Hygiene Tips

sleep hygiene

We all have nights where falling asleep seems impossible. These nights are usually followed by rough mornings and draining days, which can have a significant impact on our emotional and physical health. But if you have a positive sleep hygiene routine in place, the sleepless nights can be few and far between.

In this article, we’re going to share some crucial sleep hygiene tips to help you consistently sleep better so you can have fulfilling, productive days!

What is Sleep Hygiene?

Your hygiene is your set of practices for preserving your health, like brushing your teeth or washing your hands frequently. Sleep hygiene covers your habits and practices before going to bed, including your sleeping environment and your personal habits. Both of these factors can impact the amount of sleep you get each night, which can then affect your health and wellbeing.

How Much Sleep Should You Get?

A big part of sleep hygiene is getting enough sleep every night. Here’s the National Sleep Foundation’s recommended amount of sleep needed for each age group:

Groups Age Range Amount of Sleep Needed per Night
Newborns 0-3 months 14-17 hours
Infants 4-11 months 12-15 hours
Toddlers 1-2 years 11-14 hours
Pre-school 3-5 years 10-13 hours
School Age 6-13 years 9-11 hours
Teen 14-17 years 8-10 hours
Young Adult 18-25 years 7-9 hours
Adult 26-64 years 7-9 hours
Older Adults 65+ 7-8 hours

Effects of Poor Sleep Hygiene

Your health and happiness are dependent on a good night’s sleep every night! That includes getting the recommended amount of sleep. In the short term, poor sleep hygiene will affect your mental and emotional state as well as your immune system. In the long-run, chronic sleep loss can put you at risk for:

  • Heart Disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic Stress
  • Stroke
  • Depression

Your sleep hygiene is something you can take full control of, which means these short-term and long-term effects can be prevented!

Sleep Hygiene Tips for Maximum Snoozing

As we mentioned, your personal habits and your sleeping environment are the two biggest contributors to your sleep hygiene. Here are positive sleep hygiene tips to help you achieve a more peaceful sleep:

Limit Nap Times

The three o’clock slump is real, which can make laying down for a quick snooze all too tempting. But afternoon napping can decrease your sleep drive, making it harder to fall asleep at night.

If you do find yourself yawning and yearning for sleep during the day, make sure to limit your naps to 30 minutes. Napping in short increments like this can actually improve your alertness and mood, and the quickness won’t disrupt your sleep drive at night. Try setting an alarm to make sure you don’t overdo your napping.

Exercise Smart

We all know the benefits exercising has on health, but activity at the wrong time of day can negatively affect your sleep health. Rigorous movement gets your endorphins going, which can make it hard to fall asleep. To be safe, make sure you’re done with your exercise routine at least three hours before bedtime.

Avoid Certain Foods

Eating certain foods close to bedtime can be heavy on your stomach and trigger indigestion or heartburn, which can disrupt your sleep. Before bed, stay away from rich, spicy, fatty and fried foods.

If you’re craving a snack before bed, try foods high in amino acids, proteins, antioxidants or vitamins, like:

  • Yogurt
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables

Stay Away from Caffeine

There’s a reason why coffee is associated with our wake-up routine: it’s a stimulant that’s full of caffeine! Tea, chocolate, sodas and some pain relievers also contain caffeine. Make sure to avoid these at least four to six hours before bed so you can fall soundly asleep.

Create a Relaxing Routine

Before bed is never the right time for stressful activities like exercising, finishing work assignments or having heavy, emotional discussions. These can affect your alertness, which will make it harder for you to fall asleep.

For optimum sleep hygiene, try calming activities an hour before bed like light reading, taking a bath or performing light stretches.

Stick to a Sleep Schedule

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day sets your body’s internal clock, which makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up rested. While they might feel like the right thing to do at the time, binge sleeping and pulling all-nighters will do more harm to you in the long run. Even on your days off, you should go to sleep and wake up at the same time to avoid oversleeping on Monday mornings and starting your week off on the wrong foot.

Keep Electronics Out of Your Bed

You should always mentally associate your bed with sleeping, and only sleeping! Bringing cell phones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices into your bed will be too stimulating and will keep you awake. Plus, the light that’s emitted from these devices can trick your body into believing it’s daylight, which will delay the response of melatonin (a hormone that promotes sleep).

Establish a Comfortable Sleep Environment

Your bedroom should be a place that welcomes relaxation and promotes tranquility. Quiet, cool environments are best for achieving this. This has everything to do with how the name Blello came to be – a combination of the colors blue and yellow, two sleep-friendly tones that promote relaxation and happiness. The National Sleep Foundation states that “people whose rooms are painted blue tend to sleep longer than those who get their shuteye in rooms with different colors.” And the color yellow is an uplifting, cheerful tone that incites inspiration, which is something anyone would want to wake up to!

If there are noise issues in your home, like loud neighbors or a snoring partner, try using ear plugs or a white noise machine to block distractions. Blackout curtains and eye masks can be used to prevent light from seeping in, and you should always make sure your mattress, pillows, sheets and blankets are comfy!

Soak Up the Sun

Light is a big contributing factor to how your circadian rhythm works, which is the internal clock that regulates your periods of sleep and wakefulness. To keep your rhythm on track, you should let the sun into your room in the morning and take breaks outside during waking hours to soak up some natural light.

Lack of light at bedtime helps your body wind down and enter a period of sleep. If you work night shifts and need to sleep during the day, it may be time to invest in blackout curtains or an eye mask.

We hope these sleep hygiene tips help you sleep and feel better! Be sure to subscribe to our emails for more tips on sleeping and living well.