Do Vinyl Mattress Covers Make You Sweat?

A vinyl mattress cover helps protect the mattress from all sorts of things, such as sweat, stains and dust mites. But that same waterproof and dust-proof barrier protecting the mattress may make you feel hot or sweaty, especially if you are already prone to feeling overheated while you're sleeping.

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Spill on mattress cover.

Vinyl Cover Conundrum

A vinyl mattress cover is designed to be waterproof -- ideal for both incontinent concerns or night sweats and you're trying to keep the mattress stain-free. The downside is that the material does not breathe; as your body heat warms up the bed, airflow cannot travel through the bedding to the mattress beneath, making it more difficult to regulate body temperature. As a result, you may sweat or notice a sweaty sensation more than you would without the pad. If you want to use a vinyl mattress cover anyway, add a breathable cotton mattress pad between it and the sheets to make the sleep experience less sweaty. If allergies are a concern and a mattress pad is not an option, select a breathable organic alternative to a vinyl mattress cover to help cut down on the sweats.


Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.