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Being cool is cool: We check out Sleep Number's In Balance products

Are you familiar with the Middle-Aged Lady phenomenon known as “flinging off the covers at 3 a.m. and running to the air conditioner thermostat to turn the setting down to Arctic so you can get a decent night sleep”?

Sleep is really important to weight loss. A bad night’s sleep doesn’t just give you the crankies. It messes with your leptin hormone, which tells you to stop eating. When you are sleep deprived, you have less leptin and are more inclined to troll the kitchen at night.

Sleep Number caught wind of my quest for the perfect night sleep and sent me its In Balance Layer and Pillow Protector, which claim to keep your bed and pillow cool and comfy.

And they do.

After a couple weeks of using them, I’m definitely a cooler sleeper. (And isn’t being cool cool?)

And it’s not just a Middle-Aged Lady problem. If you’re working out like a beast, you tend to run hotter, what with your raging metabolism and all.

What sort of magical properties are in the In Balance products?  It’s called Outlast and was originally developed for NASA spacesuits (cuz I'm guessing those things can be hella hot). It absorbs heat, not moisture, so it’s not a wicking material. Instead, it pulls the heat away from your hot, slumbering body, keeping you cooler.


In balance layer
Sleep Number's In Balance Layer.

The cool (ha!) thing is, when I took it out of the packaging and put it on the bed (over the mattress pad and under the fitted sheet, I immediately felt it was cooler than everything else around.


The pillow protector just has the Outlast on one side but since that side is cooler, you don’t have to flip your pillow around to find the cool side.

Both the In Balance Layer and the Pillow Protector are machine washable and dryer-friendly.

The In Balance Layer retails for $169.99 (queen size) and the Pillow Protector retails for $39.99, but there's a sale going on through Saturday, July 21, which takes the price of the Layer down to $127.

Sleep Number sent me the In Balance Layer and Pillow Protector to review, and I was not compensated for this post.