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Whether you are spending your nights in a boat or RV, heat build-up is a common problem. When discussing thermal comfort, memory foam is usually one of the first things that come up, but there are other factors that can contribute to sleeping “too warm.”

If heat build-up is a primary concern, the following should be avoided when selecting your next mattress:

1. Memory Foams

Memory foam mattresses are popular for their comfort and support but are notorious for heat retention. This is often an issue because padding depth is key to providing both the pressure reduction and spinal alignment that is beneficial for comfort, but also means there is more contact with your body and therefore material available to retain heat.

As a rule of thumb, the more supportive your mattress, the warmer it (and you) may become. Memory foam mattresses are among the most supportive foam types, but also sleep the hottest.

2. Moisture Barrier Protective Covers

RVs and boats can undergo drastic temperature and humidity changes as they travel through diverse environments. Protective coverings are a popular way to limit mold and mildew growth on an RV or marine mattress, but these products also tend to reflect heat and limit ventilation.

3. Fiber Mattress Quiltings

While mattress quiltings can provide benefits for air circulation and alleviate the immediate effects of heat build-up, they have the downside of allowing body impressions to develop in your mattress. Impressions in mattresses contribute to the degradation of its support and comfort and should be avoided as long as possible, so the use of fiber mattress quiltings is not advised.

Finding Solutions to Heat Build-Up

There are pros and cons in all mattress purchasing decisions. For instance, innerspring mattresses typically sleep cooler than foam cored products, but they generally lack the same pressure-reducing quality and comfort of foams.

If heat build-up is a concern, it will be important for you to speak with a knowledgeable mattress expert to determine the best product for your needs. Often a custom fit RV or marine mattress could be the best solution to lasting comfort and sleep quality.

Find out the differences that matter most to you by visiting Slumber Ease, a preferred mattress company in Marysville, Washington.