Cooling products help restless sleepers

Posted at 11:48 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 23:54:27-04

You’ve probably heard of warm milk, eliminating electronic devices before bed and a number of other tips to help you sleep at night.  If that hasn’t worked for you, companies have created several products to help you sleep better.

"I noticed I'd get really, really hot at night and I'd wake up kind of sweaty and it was uncomfortable and I wasn't getting a very good night sleep,” said Allison Taylor.

Taylor struggled with sleep, and perused the “As Seen on TV” aisles, hoping to find a solution. A lined pillow did the trick.

"That really has seemed to help quite a bit.  It has special fibers inside of it that keep the temperature consistent through the night,”

It’s not just pillows that people have turned to for more zzzz’s.  Other products include a bed jet that uses moving air to make things cool, to entire mattresses infused with cooling gel beads.

When it comes to sleeping, cooler is better, according to Dr. Natalie Dautovich. "The cool room temperature can help you with falling asleep, but it also can help you stay asleep. Even if you're not waking up to the point where you realize you are awake, having uh, a warm bedroom environment could disrupt your sleep and prevent you from getting the deep, restorative sleep that you need."

The ideal temperatures is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, year-round. A 2014 poll of families found 18 percent of children and 35 percent of parents reported difficulty sleeping at least once over the past week due to a temperature issue. Lack of shut-eye can lead to a number of health problems, and affect your mood.

"I've found the less sleep I get, the crankier I am. The more coffee I need. And it's just hard to get through the day when you're running on fumes,” said Taylor.