Any of you who battle chronic illness know one of the primary symptoms is the inability to regulate your body’s temperature. I am always hot, and now that we’re using high-thread-count sheets, that problem has gotten worse. The sheets are so soft and feel so nice, but man, they are not cool, especially in the heat of summer.

I had heard about “cooling sheets”, so I set out to find some. I did, but balked at paying the price the store was asking for them. I pulled out my phone and went to one of my favorite places, eBay, and did a search. Lo and behold, the very sheets you see above in the picture were listed for sale at a much better price. I ordered them while I was still in the bedding department at the store.


When they came, I immediately washed them and put them on my bed. Now, the set I got, as you can see, is Twin. This is because I have a Tempurpedic bed, which requires separate fitted sheets for each of the two mattresses. My top sheet remained the high-thread-count type I’d been using. I changed one of my pillows – I use three to sleep with at night – to one of the cooling pillowcases, too.

This has been a hot summer all over the country, and Western New York is no exception. Contrary to popular belief, you can get a tan in Buffalo. But I digress.

I went to bed that night with high hopes. Then my hopes were dashed. I’ve been using 20the sheets for about a month (washing them, of course) and can honestly say I’ve seen no improvement in how freaking hot I am in bed. Now, it’s possible that’s the fault of the particular sheets or the brand, but in my research I didn’t find anything particularly bad OR good about specific brands.


So, I continue to boil like a lobster – with less squealing – every night in bed. When I came in here tonight and saw the temperature in the room was 72.5 degrees, I believe I swooned. I might actually be able to use the top sheet and single blanket I have on the bed. To give you an idea of my body temperature versus my husband’s, he’s using the high-thread-count sheets for his fitted and flat sheet, plus the blanket, and topping it all off with a heavy afghan. Just thinking about it makes me sweat.

My daughter just walked in and saw me writing this blog post. She has the flat sheet and the other pillowcase. I asked her if the sheets were working for her and she said yes. Of course, she’s a very healthy kid without an autoimmune disorder, so that might have something to do with it. Apparently, your mileage may vary.


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