Last Updated on September 14, 2022 by Rebecca Huff
When I mention my temperature-controlled mattress pad, most people assume I'm talking about some type of electric blanket. Nope! This is a cooling mattress pad that allows me to get into deep sleep and wake up feeling rejuvenated!
My mattress topper is filled with a hydroponic system that keeps hot sleepers cool, and cool sleepers warm! Especially important for anyone using a memory foam mattress as even the best of them do tend to retain body heat. The cooling technology of the chilisleep temperature control system will virtually eliminate night sweats.
Unique Sleep Situations call for Temperature Regulating Systems
Why do some people thrive on 7 hours of sleep while others lay in bed for 9 or 10 hours and still wake up feeling terrible? Quality over quantity.
“It's not about how long you sleep every night; it's about the quality of that sleep.”
For many, sleep is a dream or a nightmare.
Not getting enough sleep can lead to more than drowsiness. Being sleep deprived can lead to depression, overeating, brain fog, irritability, caffeine dependence, and even death.
If you have difficulty falling asleep, wake up frequently, get out of bed tired, sleep less than 7 hours per night, and feel stressed out over even minor issues, you may be sleep-deprived.
Unfortunately, even moderate sleep deprivation can impair a person on a level equal to being intoxicated. In studies, findings show that sleep deprivation can render a person incapable of driving safely.
Confirming this risk is the number of deaths from drowsy-driving-related crashes. In 2017, investigators contributed 795 deaths to driving while sleepy, as well as over 91,000 crashes.
Missing out on sleep can cause more harm than just being drowsy; it harms your entire body, affecting your heart and liver. It lowers your immune system, makes you forgetful. Chronic sleep deprivation can shorten your life span.
We probably don't need to tell you all of this to motivate you to get better sleep. If you are one of the millions who struggle to sleep, you already want to find a solution.
The Temperature Controlled Mattress Pad
I bought the chiliPAD for myself, then, because I loved it so much, I became an affiliate.
My sleep habits were working fine until I started having night sweats, but dropping my sleep temperature eliminated that problem entirely. The cooling mattress pad fits mattresses from twin to California King. I put a hypoallergenic breathable waterproof mattress protector over mine to keep it in pristine condition. The surface temperature is not affected by the thin layer but it does help keep my system clean. Last, I put on my deep pocket fitted sheet.
But don't worry, you can wash the system.
The mattress pads are machine washable on a front load washing machine. First, drain the excess water out of the pad by using the drain tool included in your system. Secure the extension tail with a rubber band or other means to minimize the risk of it flailing in the spin cycle and causing damage to the connector. After securing the tail put your washing machine on a gentle cycle and cold water only.chilisleep
I put my entire system in a large mesh bag to wash, but I still use a rubber band to secure the extension tail. It's not difficult and only takes a minute to do this step. Afterwards, I drape it over a clothes drying rack in an area with good airflow, although it can be dried on a delicate “no heat” setting.
Using Science to Solve Sleep Problems
Todd and Tara Youngblood were just like you, tired of being tired. Using her background in science, Tara began to research. Todd, whose uncle invented the waterbed, was inspired to help Tara create a product that would help them control the temperature of their bed while sleeping.
As a result, they came up with a product that has helped many people get the sleep they so desperately needed! Sleeping at cooler temperatures can measurably double the time we spend in deep sleep, which aids in physical recovery.
The hydroponic mattress pad solves a problem that couples have been having for years! He's hot; she's cold or vice versa. Now, with a temperature-controlled mattress pad, each of them can sleep at the temperature they find most comfortable. No need to sleep separately anymore!
In addition, when your sleep problem is back pain, you can turn your unit on high and enjoy the heat on your aches and pains. Before falling asleep, turn the temperature down to suit your preference. This will help you sleep better, without lying awake all night with back pain.
Questions we discuss in this episode:
Why did you create a temperature-controlled mattress pad?
Sleeping at cooler temps can aid weight loss because temperature-controlled sleep can help you get deep sleep.
It can help alleviate menopausal symptoms – almost a 50% reduction of hot flashes, and not just at night.
Other than simple temperature comfort what reasons would people want to regulate the temperature in bed at night?
Does controlling temperature improve health?
Electric Blankets vs. Chilipad Blankets
Electric blankets are filled with coils for heating. Electric blankets create electrons, small pieces of electricity. When electrons move, you have a magnetic field. The electric blanket means dirty electricity is moving around near your body. With the chiliPAD, water is what moves to keep you warm.
Amplify your efforts to reduce EMFs by Putting your wifi on timers, so they're off at night.
What is the Connection Between Body Temperature and the Sleep Switch?
Your Sleep Switch Is Seeking Cooler Temperatures. So, at the end of the day (literally and figuratively), your brain is craving cooler temperatures. While there's no way to flip it internally like a light switch on a wall, you can prime yourself for sleep by working to affect your core temperature through some of these tricks and temperature-regulating sleep systems. Because if your sleep switch is turning off effectively, it probably means you're getting more deep sleep too, and that fact alone makes any effort on your part a worthwhile endeavor.
Tara's Sleep Buckets
The “Time for Bed” Bucket
Change of temperature – our body is looking for a change of temperature to flip the sleep switch. It's essential to flip the switch at the right time for better sleep.
In the first half of the night, when body temperature is dropping to the lowest temperature, your body wants the environment cooler. The Chilipad pulls the heat off and allows you to go to sleep faster.
“Deep Sleep” Bucket
When you are in a deep sleep stage, your brain creates a hormone called ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), which causes your body to release less water. So, when people say, I have to wake up three or four times per night to go to the bathroom, unless they are geriatric, they are probably not getting into a deeper stage of sleep.
Alcohol can also prevent the body from releasing ADH.
Deep sleep is when anti-aging work happens in our brains. Sleep deprivation can cause brain fog and ages the brain.
REM Cycle Buckets
The body starts to warm back up out of the dip during deep sleep. Flipping that switch signals the release of cortisol, which helps you to wake up. The sun rising is another cue to your body that it is time to release cortisol, flipping that sleep switch.
I know there is a direct correlation between PTSD and not sleeping can you explain how temperature regulation can help? PTSD – Many with this disorder do not get deep sleep. Night terrors and not getting deep sleep is a symptom of PTSD. Cooling the body helps us get into a deep sleep stage resulting in reduced symptoms. Studies are showing phenomenal results thus far. Read more about How Veterans with PTSD Can Get More Sleep.
Do you have a program for Veterans?
A New Weighted Blanket that is Temperature Controlled!
Leading advocates for the disuse of electric blankets due to the associated health risks argue the use of these products enhances your likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer, decreased fertility in men, and pregnancy problems for women.
All this is correlated with the EMF (electromagnetic fields) to which electric blanket users are exposed.
In addition to these health risks, electric blankets can also be dangerous for diabetics and others who may have decreased sensitivity to heat, leading to the possibility of dangerous and painful burns.
The exact danger level electric blankets present to the health of those using them is debatable, but on a basic level, it seems common sense that wrapping yourself in electricity consistently may pose hazards to your wellbeing.
Beyond the long-term health consequences associated with the use of electric blankets, there are also clear and present dangers associated in real-time with their use. It is possible to overheat while using electric blankets, and of course, they always present the risk of causing fire or electric shock. (source)
Use the new temperature-controlled weighted blanket, the chiliBLANKET, with your chiliPAD to sleep in a temperature-controlled sandwich! Tara mentions the new blanket at the end of this episode. I checked it out and it's amazing, the only complaint would be that it only comes in a graphite gray color as of this episode.
To read more about sleep buckets, Tara's story, and how to get better sleep, grab a copy of her book, Reprogram Your Sleep: The Sleep Recipe that Works.
The OOLER Sleep System
The OOLER sleep system has a hydro-powered thermal range that operates from 55-115 degrees Fahrenheit, just like the chilipad cube system. However, it is Bluetooth capable. The cooler system includes a reversible hydronic pad, control unit, and OOLER app for sleep schedules.
The quilted pad
Enjoy upgraded features to not only improve your sleep but to optimize it for one or two sleepers.
Both systems come with a warranty, which you can read about on the chilisleep site.
Bottom Line on Cooling Mattress Toppers
We love the chilisleep company and believe they make the best cooling mattress pads out there. My daughter lives in Florida and is prone to overheating at night which kept her from getting a good night's sleep. She even bought a memory foam mattress pad with cooling gel; however, after only one night on my chilipad and she was ready to get one for herself!
Other Notes your sleep situation:
Don't fall for the thread count myth, choose GOTS certified organic cotton sheets and avoid dyes unless they state they are toxin-free. If you are in the market for a new mattress, consider a GOTS certified cotton mattress, they have the least toxins. If you can't do that right now, consider purchasing an organic cotton cover for your mattress to reduce the amount of toxins from an older mattress.
Get a “me” or “we” system depending on your bed and sleep arrangement. King size mattresses will work with a we unit of either OOLER or Chilipad.