As a person who has suffered from night sweats, I know how disruptive it can be to wake up drenched in sweat and unable to get back to sleep. Every morning I woke up clammy and exhausted. I tried many different types of sleepwear, but nothing seemed to work. That’s why I decided to start my own company, CoolYourSweats, to create sleepwear specifically designed to help people like me get a good night’s sleep.

The idea for CoolYourSweats came to me after I started researching the best fabrics for night sweats sufferers using my background in green and natural building materials.. That’s when I discovered the benefits of hemp as a sleepwear material. Hemp is a natural fiber that is under-appreciated because it was banned for almost 80 years due to its similarities to its cousin, marijuana.

But why hemp? Well, there are several reasons why hemp is such a great fiber for sleepwear. One of the most significant advantages of hemp is that it’s incredibly breathable. This means that it allows air to circulate around your body, which can help regulate your temperature and prevent overheating. This is crucial for people who suffer from night sweats, as overheating can often exacerbate the problem and make it even more challenging to get back to sleep.

Hemp is also an excellent moisture-wicking material. This means that it can pull moisture away from your skin and transport it to the fabric’s surface, where it can evaporate more quickly. This can help keep you feeling dry and comfortable throughout the night, which is essential for a good night’s rest.

While these two properties are the most important for managing night sweats, hemp has other amazing features as well. It’s incredibly durable and long-lasting, which means your sleepwear will hold up well over time. This is important because it means you won’t have to replace your sleepwear as often, which can save you money in the long run. There’s also no pilling, tearing, or running of the yarn unlike more delicate sleepwear fabrics.

Another benefit of hemp is that it’s naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. This means that it can help prevent the growth of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms that can lead to odors and skin irritations. This is especially important for people who suffer from night sweats, as excessive sweating can often lead to unpleasant smells and skin irritation.

Hemp is also a very eco-friendly material. It’s grown without the use of harmful pesticides and requires no irrigation – only rainwater. This means that it has a lower environmental impact on the local environment. Unlike bamboo and cotton, it can also be grown almost anywhere, including the northern US, Canada, and northern Europe.

Because of both its effectiveness for night sweats, and its environmental footprint, hemp was a logical choice when I started CoolYourSweats. I knew that I wanted to create sleepwear that not only helped people sleep better, but that was also better for the environment than what’s on the market. Even the mill where the yarn is made uses steam to separate the fibres from the hemp stalk instead of the cheaper chemical method.

But it’s not just about the materials we use. We also put a lot of thought and care into the design of our sleepwear. We know that comfort is key when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, so we make sure that all of our products are incredibly soft and comfortable to wear. When hemp is blended with organic cotton and made into a jersey knit, it has the moisture and heat-managing benefits of hemp with the softness of cotton.

Starting CoolYourSweats has been a true labor of love for me. I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to struggle with night sweats, and I’m so proud to be able to offer a solution that can help others get a good night’s sleep. Because our mission is to help night sweats sufferers get their sleep back, we also include an e-journal with every nightgown that helps you track and identify specific lifestyle triggers that maybe making your night sweats worse. We also offer a Facebook Community where you can ask questions about what might or might not be working for you.

At CoolYourSweats, I started with a personal mission to find sleepwear that could alleviate the discomfort of night sweats. With extensive research and a dedication to using only the most high-quality, sustainable, and effective fabrics, we have created sleepwear that not only promotes better sleep but also has less environmental impact than most other sleepwear brands.

Cathy Rust is the president and founder of CoolYourSweats, a sleepwear company on a mission to help hot and sweaty women get their sleep back. When she isn’t working, she’s enjoying the great outdoors. She lives in Montreal with her husband. They have 3 grown children.