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How a Cooling Gel Pillow Works


Side-sleeping man sleeps in bed in front of a classic alarm clock in white t-shirt and lavender bedding and cooling gel pillow

Do you get warm when you sleep? If so, this is a big problem. You don’t just need sleep, you need eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you’re waking up regularly to toss and turn because you’re hot and sweaty, your body isn’t truly getting the rest it needs even if the clock says it’s been eight hours.

We’ve spoken before about the benefits of sleeping on a cooling mattress made specifically with this problem in mind. There are PranaSleep mattresses with Outlast Smart Fabric as well as the Tempur-Pedic Breeze series to look into. Did you know you can also get a cooling pillow?

The Benefits of a Cooling Pillow

When you call it quits for the day, your body and mind do some serious work! That is why it is so important to give your body everything it needs in order to sleep well. For everyone, this means a supportive and high-quality mattress, as well as breathable sheets and pillows that cradle your head and neck properly. Others may have more individual needs, like an adjustable bed or a special pillow.

A cooling pillow can nearly instantly lower the temperature around your head, neck, and shoulders. This means you'll fall asleep faster and experience deeper, more restful sleep. If a pillow is labeled cooling, this means it wicks away moisture, dissipates heat, and promotes increased airflow.

How do They Work?

Many cooling pillows come with an external gel layer scientifically engineered to keep you cool. It’s not always gel though; some use other types of foam. These work by absorbing body heat from your neck and head, dispersing it across the cooling layer, and leaving you with a fresh, not-too-hot feeling all night long. 

City Mattress’s Cooling Pillow Options

By optimizing your sleeping hours, you can better maximize your waking hours! This means choosing a pillow that allows you to feel cool right away and fall asleep quickly. Also be sure to consider your sleeping position, as well as the firmness level. As with any pillow, be sure it offers pressure relief. You’ll want the pillow to be comfortable and supportive long after you’ve felt the cooling relief. We recommend looking into finding a cooling pillow made from a brand know you already know and trust:


Not all cooling pillows are gel pillows. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are well known for their cooling abilities, and this famed brand makes pillows that do the same! The Tempur-Pedic Adapt Pro Cooling Pillow was specially engineered to quickly move heat away from the body. It is also able to conform to your head, neck and shoulders, so you’ll get the support you need without getting too hot.

Blu Sleep

Blu Sleep is known for cooling gel pillows in an array of wonderful scents, like Lavender and Green Tea. Some Blu Sleep options are memory foam pillows and others are gel pillows. They’re both great choices, so it’s all about your personal comfort preference. As soon as your head hits the pillow, you’ll be ready to drift off into dreamland!


If you’re looking for instant comfort and all night support, you want a PureCare pillow. Purecare’s cooling fiber pillow from the sub-0° line 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. This breathable, plush, fiber-filled pillow is durably wrapped with an allergen barrier flawlessly blocking bacteria, odors, and stains.


We carry many Malouf pillows, so there is sure to be one that matches your exact needs. For instance, the Malouf  CarbonCool® + Omniphase® LT Pillow has the most advanced pillow cooling technology. Omniphase® phase-changing material provides continual temperature regulation with ventilation for superior airflow. Phase change molecules capture and release heat as needed to maintain the optimum sleep temperature throughout the night. Further improving on cooling properties, activated carbon infused in the foam creates a pathway to filter heat away from the head, face, and neck. A Tencel™ cover creates a soft, smooth surface that helps control humidity while allowing maximum exposure to the Omniphase® coating. Delivering a comfortable sleep climate for all seasons, Malouf’s Weekender® Gel Memory Foam Pillow was designed with a reversible cooling cover that offers you versatile relaxation.

These are far from the only options. In fact, if you check our website page dedicated to cooling pillows, you will see that we carry dozens of options from these top brands as well as others. We encourage you to take your time and shop for the cooling pillow that will perfectly meet your sleep needs. If you have any questions, we’re here to help! You can find a way to connect instantly with a live Sleep Expert in the bottom right corner. Click on the button that says “Chat with us” and ask us anything further you’d like to know!