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What is a cool pillow?
A cool pillow is a great way to lower the temperature on a sizzlingly hot sleep. 🔥
Studies show our core body temperature needs to drop 1 - 2 degrees to sleep comfortably throughout the night.
Pillows that stay cool aim to regulate body temperature and provide a calm and cooler sleep.
Excessively hot sleepers may also consider pairing a cooling mattress with their cool pillow for best results.
Do cooling pillows work?
A pillow with advanced cooling technology can offer a night of cooler sleep.
It may seem too good to be true, but these highly technical cooling pillows are made with the latest materials that help to prevent overheating.
But they don’t follow a one-size-fits-all approach. 🤔
These ice-cold pillows encompass different elements that make them reasonably cooler than your standard pillow.
So, what are the best cooling pillow materials?
Who are cooling pillows most suitable for?
A cooling pillow can make an excellent option for anybody sensitive to heat.
However, they’re a particularly good option for:
- Naturally hot sleepers
- Those suffering from menopausal symptoms
- People who suffer from night sweats
- Pregnant women
- Sleepers of all positions
If you fall into any of those categories, a cool pillow is a great way to tackle those hot flushes and provide an overall cooler sleep. ❄️
What is the best way to keep cool at night?
You shouldn’t just rely on a cooling pillow to keep your hot flushes at bay during the night. 🤔
There are lots of ways you can encourage a cooler sleep throughout the year.
So, what are they? 👇
Use a cooler duvet
Sleeping with a lower tog duvet can affect how hot you feel at night.
Take a look at the chart:
As you can see, tog ratings below 4 are much cooler and will prevent you from getting too toasty.
You could also consider duvets with cooling technology in the fibres.
The Simba duvet is designed with Stratos Active temperature regulation technology, Simba-Renew fibres that dissipate heat and a breathable cotton cover.
These space-inspired materials provide a much cooler sleep.❄️
Open the windows
Opening your windows at night will allow fresh air to flow and cool you down. 🌬️
This works even better if you open more windows adjacent to the bedroom to create a cross breeze and encourage optimal airflow.
If it’s hot during the day, try to keep your curtains and blinds shut.
This will prevent the heat from building up inside your home during the day and can help cool down your room.
Shower before bed
After a swelteringly hot day, a shower is a great way to cool down just before bed. 🚿
It will also help those with sensitive skin to prevent dirt and bacteria from building up in the bed, which can cause skin reactions.
You may think that having a cold shower is the best way to stay cool, but research indicates that a warm bath is a better solution for a good night's sleep. 😴
This will activate your brain into thinking it's time for bed, and encourage your body temperature to lower up to 2 degrees.
Why not also consider a bath pillow to wind down at night?
Use natural sheets and pillowcases
Sheets made from cotton, silk, or even bamboo are an excellent choice for those looking to lower the temperature while you sleep. 🌡️
You could try silk pillowcases for an extra luxurious feel.
The natural properties are great for sweaty sleepers as they wick away moisture during the night.
They're also highly breathable and much kinder to sensitive skin. 🦔
Check out our favourite natural sheets for a cooler sleep:
Other ways to keep your pillow cold
It's not easy finding a pillow that stays cold all night long.
Bedding accessories like cooling pillow cases are highly breathable and can help your head stay cool during sleep.
You can also get more advanced cooling accessories like a cooling pillow pad.
Cooling pads have been a popular way to chill out at bedtime, particularly for menopausal women.
You can put the cooling pad into the fridge for ten minutes and then insert it into your pillowcase, where you should feel noticeably cooler.
You can also pop the cooling pad behind your back when sitting down or even rest your feet on it for those who feel the heat day and night. 🌞🌜
There are many cool pillow mats for pillows and mattresses available on Amazon.
Take a look below:
Should I buy a cooling pillow?
It’s easy to make a rash purchase in the heat of the moment.
But are cooling pillows really worth it? 🤔
We think cool pillows can be a great way to provide a calm and cooler sleep.
Whether you suffer from menopause, night sweats, or you’re just hot-blooded, a cooling pillow can be a great addition to your sleep.
But there are also other ways to cool down during the night.
Try all our tips and tricks along with your new cooling pillow, and you should feel a noticeable difference in your sleep. 😍