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A Quick Guide to Cooling Pillows


Cooling Pillow

The funny thing about sleeping is that everyone does it differently! Some people love a bed as soft and plush as possible, while others sleep best on a firm mattress, lying on their back. There are a few things everyone has in common, though. Experts say the best sleeping position is one that keeps the head, neck, and spine in a neutral position. This means beyond your mattress, the pillow you choose to sleep on has a big effect. A pillow with the right amount of support will keep your body aligned the way it should be, thereby preventing a stiff neck and painful shoulder in the morning.

Your pillow can (and should!) do a lot more than that, though. There are pillows made to meet specific needs, like for those who sleep on their side or need to be propped up with a wedge pillow. Did you know there’s also pillows made specifically to keep you cool at night? If you’re getting hot and sweaty when you sleep, it’s worth looking into this option.

How do Cooling Pillows Work?

No, there isn’t a mini refrigerator in there! A cooling pillow prevents heat retention and provides a cool sleep surface. This type of pillow is constructed to draw heat away from your sleeping body. They also increase airflow to prevent heat retention. This means they prevent warm air from building up. The materials in the pillow cover are often moisture-wicking and breathable. Each specific cooling pillow is made in a slightly different way, with unique and likely trademarked materials.

Our Favorite Cooling Pillows

If you think we carry one or two cooling pillows, think again! In fact, we offer dozens of options to those looking to buy a new pillow made specifically to keep them cool while they sleep. A few of our favorites include: 

Tempur-Pedic Adapt Pro Cooling Pillow

For those who already know and love the Tempur-Pedic brand, this pillow is a fantastic option. It is available in mid or high profile. This pillow utilizes exclusive layers of TEMPUR® technology that adapts to your shape and cradles the neck and shoulders when activated by the unique characteristics of your body. Specially engineered to disperse heat rapidly, the removable, machine washable cover ensures cool-to-the-touch comfort following each wash.

PureCare Sub-0° Cooling Fiber Pillow

You want a pillow that is perfectly plush and refreshingly cool, which is precisely what the PureCare Sub-0° Cooling Fiber Pillow is. It features the exclusive Frio technical textile, providing rapid chill and cool-to-the-touch comfort. The luxury responsive fabrication lends an ultra-plush feel with a blend of Tencel™ threading. The result is a fusion of wellness with heat relief!

Blu Sleep Chamomile Cool Gel Memory Foam Pillow

This pillow is a ventilated gel-infused memory foam pillow. Its construction offers the perfect balance of soft cushioning and stable support for your head and neck, while the ventilation holes enhance airflow and cooling. With all-natural chamomile oil directly incorporated, this pillow harnesses nature's soothing powers to relieve stress and cool you down as you drift off to sleep.

TMI Remarkable Ice Silk Memory Foam Ventilated Pillow

This pillow features a ventilated, pressure-relieving core, complete with a state-of-the-art cover. Woven with Mica crystal technology, the fabric exterior absorbs and dissipates heat, stabilizes temperature, and stays cool and dry so that you can experience deeper sleep and restful relaxation. It’s foam core includes TMI’s Cool Flow™ Technology for additional breathability while providing ergonomic pressure-relieving support. Another piece of good news is that it’s made right here in the USA!

Malouf Dough + Z Gel Pillow

We can’t say enough great things about the Malouf brand! This fantastic pillow is a great example why. The exclusive Dough® formula creates a softer, more supportive memory foam that conforms perfectly to your natural curves. A cooling liquid Z™ Gel layer extends across the top of the Dough® memory foam, capturing and dissipating body heat for a cooler night's rest. Underneath the Z™ Gel is soft Dough® memory foam that correctly aligns the spine. The breathable Tencel™ cover aids in obtaining the perfect sleeping temperature. The result is a stable, uniform, and comfortable sleep experience.

Borden Textile CPAP Cooling Support Pillow

Those who suffer from Sleep Apnea often find relief with a CPAP machine. If you have one, you’ll want a pillow designed for this. You can have a cooling pillow at the same time! This pillow enhances mask performance while offering exceptionally cool comfort. The pillow features unique curvatures and side cutouts that properly allow your exhalation ports to stay open. With cooling fabric at one side, the therapeutic pillow keeps you refreshed. A center dimple maintains neck and spinal alignment to ease any discomfort for more rejuvenating rest.

As we said above, this list is far from all of your options you have when shopping through City Mattress. You want to keep your spine, neck, and head in a neutral position. You want more than that though; you want to be cool! When you visit your nearest City Mattress location, begin by discussing your current sleep situation with our team members and let them know you’re looking for a cooling pillow. If it’s more convenient for you, you can always shop online and order your new pillow directly from our website!