The 5 Best Pajama Brands If You're a Hot Sleeper, According to Experts
Sleep experts say you should look for breathable and moisture-wicking pajamas.
Let's be real with each other: Getting a good night's sleep is essential for your physical and mental well-being. And one way to optimize your bedtime environment is by selecting the right sleepwear. What if you run hot when you sleep? Finding pajamas that won't leave you feeling warm and sticky throughout the night can be a challenge, to say the least. That's why we've reached out to sleep experts to curate a list of the best pajama brands for hot sleepers. Read on for their top picks.
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The 5 Best Pajama Brands If You're a Hot Sleeper
1. Cozy Earth
You're probably familiar with Cozy Earth if you follow Oprah's favorite things: She's put their products, from bamboo sheets and sleepwear to waffle towels, on her list for several years running. And sleep experts agree that their pajamas are wonderful for hot sleepers.
"This brand's PJs are made from viscose from bamboo, one of the most breathable fabrics, so I never worry about waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat in my stuffy NYC apartment," says Christina Heiser, senior content manager at mattress and bedding company Saatva. "Plus, these pajamas feel ridiculously soft and have added stretch, so they really work well on any body type."
Carlie Gasia, sleep expert and certified sleep science coach at Sleepopolis, adds that bamboo viscose is also moisture-wicking, so if you do sweat, these pajamas will still help keep you cool.
Both Heiser and Gasia are big fans of the bamboo pajama sets, which come in short sleeves and shorts or long sleeves and pants.
Cool-jams is a California-based company whose sleepwear does more than just keep you cozy.
"These pajamas employ both cooling and antimicrobial technology designed to keep you dry and comfortable all night long," Gasia explains. "Made from a polyester microfiber fabric that's been engineered to feel soft and cozy like cotton, they also wick sweat away faster than you can count sheep," she says.
Their moisture-wicking pajama sets come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors for both men and women. Gasia says they're ideal for sleepers prone to night sweats, who travel often, or who are going through menopause.
Vanessa Osorio, sleep health content specialist at Sleep Advisor, also points to Cool-jams' positive social impact. According to the brand, they "practice sustainable manufacturing methods and provide living wages and quality working conditions for all employees," and they donate a percentage of every purchase to charities around the world.
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Soma is perhaps best known for their expert-fitting bras, but according to Osorio, their pajamas are worth checking out, too.
Osorio recommends their Cool Nights collection. "These pj's are good at keeping you cool and feeling a little more fresh throughout the night." The collection includes support chemises, long-sleeve sets, shorts and capris, tanks, robes, and more, "so there's a design for everyone," she says.
These pajamas are made from "lightweight rayon fibers that stay cool to the touch and keep the fabric from sticking to your body," as Soma explains.
In a 2019 product review for Real Simple, Rebecca Carhart, senior e-commerce reviews writer and strategist at Meredith Corp., also noted how comfortable these pajamas are. "The jersey knit fabric feels soft on my skin, and each pair boasts an irritation-free covered neck seam," she wrote.
"It's more breathable than conventional cotton and dries quicker," Heiser notes. "These pajamas are great for wicking away moisture, so you don't get sweaty while you sleep."
According to the company, their NATTCOOL fabric "has been specially engineered to cool you down through gradual moisture evaporation and to keep you dry through exceptional moisture transport."
One note with these pajamas, however, is that they cannot go in the dryer.
When they launched sleepwear in 2021, Popsugar shared that Athleta "worked with resident sleep expert Dr. Michael Grandner, board-certified in behavioral sleep medicine, to produce a 14-piece line catering to our nighttime routines in three signature super comfortable fabrics."
The Nighttime Bliss collection is made of a breathable TENCEL Modal fabric so that "airflow moves easily through the garment," according to Athleta.
And the Calm Cool collection is made of a silky and breathable fabric "to help evaporate sweat while you sleep" and that's "designed to release body heat," the brand explains.
Whether you're wearing them to lounge or sleep, the pajamas come in many different styles and colors and in sizes XXS to 3X.
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Other tips on staying cool while you sleep.
Aside from what you sleep in, there are other simple things you can do to stay cool while you sleep.
Kalle Simpson, founder and CEO of Discover NIGHT, suggests taking a cool shower prior to bed to help lower your body temperature and make it easier to fall asleep.
And speaking of temperature, Heiser notes that the ideal room temperature for sleep is between 60 and 67 degrees, and if it gets hotter than that, your sleep may be disrupted. She also suggests blackout curtains that will "keep unwanted light and heat from getting into your bedroom, so it stays cool."
Finally, Simposon advises against drinking caffeine or alcohol before bed "as these can interfere with sleep and make you feel hot."