I am pretty much perpetually too warm. Combine this with hot summer nights and a bedroom without AC and suddenly I need all the help I can get to cool down and get comfortable before bed. And while taking a cool shower or drinking some ice water before bedtime is great, cooling pajamas are really the all-stars of making summer sleep infinitely more enjoyable. These moisture-wicking, breathable PJs are designed specifically for hot sleepers (though they can be worn by anyone), just like our favorite cooling sheets, pillows and blankets. So if you too are on the hunt for lightweight summer PJs to help you cool down as you drift off to sleep, here are 11 of the best options out there.
The Best Cooling Pajamas for Sweaty Sleepers
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1. lunya Linen Silk Sleeveless Set
Best Linen-Silk Blend
Linen and silk are two of the best fabrics to choose if you’re a hot sleeper, and this chic little duo combines both for a super soft, lightweight blend that’s phenomenally breathable, making them well worth the splurge. The shorts fit a bit longer than most PJs, but slits on the sides mean they’ll still have a flowy feel even if you have larger or more muscular thighs.
Buy it ($168)
Available in sizes XS to XL
2. parachute Linen Top And Pants
Best Linen Set
Yes, there’s also linen shorts and a tank top, but if you prefer long sleeves and pants the European flax material is guaranteed to have you feeling cool and comfy all night long. Even better, these pajamas will only get softer and more lovely the more you wear and wash them. Oh, and did we mention they’re also Oexo-Tex certified?
3. pact All Ease Sleep Set
Best 100 Percent Cotton Set
This eco-friendly cotton set is ridiculously soft and features a no fuss design that eliminates tags and drawstrings (although the pants do have pockets). And despite being so lightweight, they’re not super sheer, even in this brilliant lime hue. If you still need more convincing, browse through the nearly 200 rave reviews which will surely get across just how lovely these PJs really are.
4. eberjey Gisele Tank Set
Best Minimalist Set
For those who want to sport as little fabric as possible without actually being naked or sporting just a bralette and panties, this breezy duo has you covered (no pun intended). The racerback tank top means you won’t have to deal with any slipping straps and the flouncy shorts are just long enough that you don’t need to feel shy about wearing them around the house. We also love that the neckline bears enough skin to keep you cool without giving away the whole farm.
5. soma Cool Nights Slub Dolman Pajama Top And Wide-leg Pajama Pants
Best Pants Set
Some folks prefer to sleep in pants (or long sleeves) no matter the temperature, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel overheated as well. Soma’s Cool Nights collection was designed specifically to address the needs of hot sleepers and includes a multitude of different silhouettes, including pants. This adorable light-weight set will wick away moisture and keep you comfortable cool even on the hottest summer nights.
6. athleta Nighttime Bliss Sleep Tee
This breezy Tencel modal tee is specifically designed to keep you cool and comfortable, and hits that middle ground between fitted and way oversized for an easy, slouchy silhouette. Almost every review raves about how comfortable this top is, with many appreciating the more modest neckline and sleeve length. Some folks appear to have had issues with washing, but if you stick to a delicate cycle and consider air drying this T-shirt should stay in tip-top shape for years to come.
7. cuyana Pima Sleep Shorts
Pima cotton is one of the best cooling materials out there, and this Cuyana pair is also made with Oeko-Tex and WRAP-certified fibers so you can feel extra good about buying these shorts in every color. There’s also a matching tank top, three-quarter-sleeve tee and button down sleep-shirt to match if you want to round out your set.
8. soma Cool Nights Rib Knit Short Sleeve Sleepshirt
Another all-star from Soma’s Cool Nights collection, this short-sleeve sleepshirt is made from the same lightweight, sweat-wicking materials as the pants and shirt above. And while it definitely doesn’t have a body-hugging fit, it isn’t so baggy that it will swallow you whole or get tangled up in your sheets as you sleep.
9. lunya Cool Romper
The cooling, antimicrobial fabric is what originally drew us to Luyna’s sleep romper, but it’s the easy silhouette that really made us fall in love. It’s like a Goldilocks cut that’s just the right amount of oversized and we adore the kangaroo pocket at the hips. The material is also designed to wick away moisture and facilitate air flow, even if you can’t sleep without a blanket over top.
Buy it ($178)
Available in sizes XS to XL
10. Boody Ribbed Seamless Bra
This ribbed bralette offers enough support that you won’t feel like you’re flopping all over but not so much that it feels like an actual bra. It also has a seamless construction so you don’t have to worry about any itching or irritation as you toss and turn to find your comfy sleep spot. As for the materials, bamboo is yet another all-star fabric for cooling and wicking away sweat with added bonus that it is more sustainable and eco-friendly than most cottons or silks.
11. Knix Super Leakproof Dream Shorts
Best Sleep Undies
Some gals like to sleep in their skivvies, and for them we recommend these mini shorts by Knix. Yes, you could just rock the same cotton undies you wore all afternoon, but this innovative pair is designed to wick away moisture to keep you comfortable. As you may have guessed, they’re also period panties with the ability to absorb 12 tsp of liquid so you don’t have to stress about leaking if it’s that time of the month. Don’t worry, the built-in period technology doesn’t feel bulky or like an old-school pad, so you’ll be comfortable even if you’re not currently menstruating.