Try Cool Pillows for Summer Heat Relief
March 22, 2013 • By Ryan
The summer is rapidly approaching. Is your pillow going to keep you cool?
I’ve spent many roasting summer evenings tossing and turning, trying to stay cool. Everyone knows the feeling of a hot sweaty pillow-they’re definitely NOT conducive to restful sleep! You can turn it all night long, but it will always build up and retain heat. Down, feather, polyester and foam pillows all suffer from this problem. The fact is that these types of pillows aren’t very breathable; the fill restricts airflow within the pillow. The temperature of air that’s trapped inside rises turning your pillow into a little oven.
You can crank up your air conditioner. You can flip your pillow over and over. Alternatively just find some cool pillows.
There are a lot of interesting solutions to a hot pillow out there: some use mysterious fabrics, others liquid cooling gels or refrigerated pads. These all address the issue with varying degrees of success. Most however, do not address the issue of breathability. A breathable pillow is a cool pillow. Most of the “cool pillows” available do not allow air to move through the fill with any more ease than a traditional pillow.
Fortunately there are a few simple and effective solutions to this problem. You can try using a pillowcase that’s more breathable-Egyptian cotton with a plain weave (as opposed to sateen) works very well. As for breathable pillows, I of course recommend buckwheat pillows. The buckwheat hull fill allows air to move freely through your pillow, preventing heat build up. You can sleep on the cool side all night long without flipping! Turn the air conditioner back down!
It’s worth mentioning that some buckwheat pillow users swear that cooling their pillow in a refrigerator or freezer is the ultimate in keeping cool. I’ve tried it myself.