Enter: cooling pillowscushioned bundles specifically made to keep sleepers chilled out all night. If you tend to overheat, a cooling pillow can help you sleep better, says board-certified sleep medicine researcher and neurologist W. Christopher Winter, MD, of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It. Cooling the bodyand cooling the head is a great way to accomplish thatcan significantly increase sleep quality.
Cooling pillows feature materials and design elements that release heat more effectively than regular pillows to help keep you cool (obviously), but theyre also often made to eliminate sleeping pains and prevent stiffness as well, Dr. Winter says. Sounds pretty awesome, right?
But before you go grab any cooling pillow you can find, keep these things in mind: Do not sacrifice comfort for cool, Dr. Winter says. Make sure that the pillow still fits you. Cooling pillows also tend to be a little heavier than regular pillows, so its important to make sure it still feels comfortable if you tend to sleep with your arm under your pillow, he notes.
Need help shopping? Check out these top-rated and sleep doctor-approved picks to help you sleep through the night and wake up feeling refreshed .
1. Weekender Ventilated Gel Memory Foam Pillow
The memory foam in this pillow is has tiny holes to allow for more ventilation and breathability. With temperature-regulating gel on top, this pillow offers a lot of cooling bang for its buck.
2. Snuggle-Pedic Bamboo Memory Foam Pillow
Bamboo fibers offer tons of breathability, meaning the covering on this top-rated foam pillow can help your body regulate its temperature.
3. Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
No more flipping to the cool side of the pillow in the middle of the nightthis one has cooling gel layers on both sides. It's also from the trusted Tempur-Pedic brand, so it's sure to support your head, neck and shoulders.
4. Coop Home Goods Cooling Pillow
This pillow is filled with shredded memory foam and encased in bamboo fabricnice features in a cooling pillow, Dr. Winter says. Not only that, you can add or remove the foam to adjust the pillow to the way you like it. Its basically a custom bedroom piece.
5. Z Gel Memory Foam L-Shape Pillow
Calling all side sleepers: The Z Gel Memory Foam L-Shape Pillow is perfect if you yearn for head, neck, and shoulder support all in one. Formulated with bamboo and smooth rayon, this option feels like a soft memory foam beneath your head and neck and helps eliminate sleeping pains. The gel, which is more cooling than standard memory foam, will offer a perfectly chilly snoozing surface.
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6. Comfort Revolution Hydraluxe Pillow
This pillow's unique Hydraluxe Gel Technology works hard to minimize heat buildup, while open-cell memory foam increases ventilation. As one reviewer succinctly put it, this pillow led to a happy life and no more sweat at bedtime.
7. Viscosoft Hypoallergenic Memory Foam Standard Arctic Gel Contour Pillow
Who wouldnt trust a cooling pillow with the word arctic in the name, right? Made with 2 pounds of cooling gel, this pillow has about 30 percent more gel than comparable products, according to the makers behind it. The contour, too, makes this one a great pick for those looking to ease aches and pains in the neck and shoulders, all the while offering endless moisture-wicking.
8. Therapedic Cool Gel Wedge Body Pillow
Let's be honest, not everyone fancies the standard rectangle pillow experience. If you tend to sleep on your side and crave some additional support between your shoulders and head, why not give this cooling wedge (formulated with cooling gel!) a shot?
9. Sleep Restoration Gel Pillow
If you and yours are both looking to freshen up your sleeping arrangements, this gel pillow two-pack may just be your saving grace. Just right, one reviewer wrote. It feels cooler than my various cooling pillows, but not in a way I noticed until I saw that my pillow wasnt drenched in the morning. This will definitely make for a strong and subtle choice.
10. Lux Living SoftCell Chill Hybrid Cooling Pillow
This pillow is actually cool to the touch. Its one-of-a-kind FRIO cooling fibers create an absorbent surface thatll catch any lingering drops of sweat. Said to cool five times faster than traditional polyester, this option will have you sleeping soundly (and dry!) in no time.
11. Tanda Complete Cool Pillow
Tandas cooling pillow actually pulls cool air from the room and transfers it back to you to help you sleep comfortably. It also has a breathable foam filling that promotes airflow to minimize the amount of heat the pillow retains. It works well, Dr. Winter says, adding that the pillows are very soft and light.
12. Bedgear Storm Series Pillow
These pillows have a soft-to-the-touch foam that contours (a.k.a. hugs) your body, all while deflecting heat. They are very cool and lightweight, Dr. Winter says. The Storm Series pillows also have a numbering system to help you figure out what size you need. They also make very good temperature-reducing bedding to put over the pillow, Dr. Winter says.