According to Consumer Reports, nearly 30 percent of adult Americans struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep throughout the night on a daily basis. Additionally, 68 percent experience sleeplessness at least one night weekly. With the majority of Americans struggling to sleep each week, many advanced technologies are being utilized in bedding products to help individuals sleep better and longer. One of the key culprits in causing sleeplessness is feeling too warm. Our body temperature directly affects our sleep quality and quantity for a variety of reasons. For example, when we enter REM sleep, a sleep stage that boosts brain activity and is associated with dreaming, the body's natural temperature regulation system shuts off. For those who are not in a conducive sleep environment, environmental temperature changes due to hot bedding or a warmer room temperature may disrupt REM sleep and cause one to wake up. Many people also experience night sweats, and when individuals start to sweat, sleep is broken.
Because sleep temperature regulation is such an issue for many, it makes sense that bedding companies are working tirelessly to innovate technology that allows sleepers to sleep more coolly. The head is the warmest part of the body, and throughout the night, energy escapes the body through the head. For this reason, many people seek a cool pillow that reduces the need to flip the pillow over to the "cool side." Significant innovations in pillow cooling technologies include using cooling materials in covers and fill materials inside the pillow.
What Makes Cooling Pillows Feel Cool?
Cooling pillows often include covers that feel cool to the touch. These are produced using knit fabrics, which allow for more breathability than traditional woven fabrics. One key cooling fabric is polyethelene. These cool covers help deflect heat and keep the head, and consequently the body, cool. Additionally, cooling pillows may be filled with different materials that keep the pillow from getting warm including gel cooling beads, more breathable fibers, and the addition of phase change materials, which are sprayed onto memory foam. This type of phase change cooling fill technology is found in SensorPEDIC Cool Coat Technology.
What are the Benefits of Pillows Made with Cooling Technology?
There are numerous benefits of sleeping on a pillow made utilizing advanced cooling technologies. Some benefits include:
Maybe you've seen the infomercials lately on TV heavily advertising MyPillow and wondered what it's all about. MyPillow manufactures made in the USA poly-foam pillows that are advertised to be "the most comfortable pillows you'll ever own," but how true is that statement? And how does the MyPillow compare to the tried and true SensorPEDIC line of pillows? There are quite a few ways MyPillow differs from the SensorPEDIC memory foam and fiber-filled pillows including in pillow composition choices, sleep technology, pricing, guarantees, and legal altercations.
Pillow Composition Choices
As mentioned above, MyPillow utilizes open-cell poly-foam for its pillow composition. MyPillow is available in a standard and premium pillow choice, and both types of pillows utilize the poly-foam material inside the pillow. SensorPEDIC differs because it does not ascribe to a one size fits all mindset when it comes to pillow composition. SensorPEDIC instead features a wide array of both fiber-filled and memory foam pillows. Added variety means that a spectrum of sleeper comfort preferences are addressed by the SensorPEDIC line. SensorPEDIC pillows can be found at Macy's, JC Penney, Dillard's, Lowe's, Boscov's, and more.
Though MyPillow is patented due to its unique pillow design utilizing open-core poly-foam, that is the only technology that MyPillow uses. SensorPEDIC is committed to continual sleep innovation and has a host of proprietary technologies including iCOOL Technology System, SensorFOAM, CleanCOOL, VentAIR, GelMax, ComfortCOOL, Ideal Comfort, and more. Many of these technologies allow for cooler, more comfortable sleep throughout the night due to cooling covers and fill. As a line, the SensorPEDIC pillows represent more diverse and innovative technologies aimed at improving sleep.
According to the MyPillow website, consumers can purchase two standard MyPillow pillows for $79.98 through a perennial buy one get one free offer or one Premium MyPillow for $79.98. MyPillow is not the most economically-friendly choice. Sleepers can purchase SensorPEDIC pillows at a variety of price points and rest easy knowing that SensorPEDIC delivers on higher quality technologies and superior materials. Sleepers can purchase a four pack of SensorPEDIC standard shredded memory foam pillows that feel similarly to the MyPillow for $51.00.
MyPillow comes with a 60 night money back guarantee, though customers have to pay shipping and handling for the original purchase in addition to the return if choosing to completely return the pillow. Exchanges, however, are free. SensorPEDIC offers a longer 90 day sleep satisfaction guarantee. For those wishing for an extended period of time to try out a new pillow, the SensorPEDIC guarantee allows for more time to do so.
MyPillow was sued for deceptive and false advertisements in the state of California in 2016. MyPillow made multiple medically-related statements pertaining to their products that could not be backed up with scientific studies or information. In the same year, MyPillow also came under fire during a class action lawsuit. The suit was settled out of court, but that did not necessarily get rid of MyPillow's tainted reputation in the eyes of the public. SensorPEDIC takes pride in its products as well as its advertisement and does not make false claims that seek to mislead consumers just to sell more products. Unlike MyPillow, SensorPEDIC has never been involved in a million dollar plus lawsuit.
SensorPEDIC pillows beat MyPillow hands-down in a variety of categories including diversity of pillow choice, available technologies, pricing, satisfaction guarantees, and the absence of legal altercations involving their products. The choice is clear. Instead of purchasing MyPillow, look to SensorPEDIC with your pillow and bedding needs instead.
College students are a quintessentially sleep deprived bunch due to an excess of activities and studying. The average college student gets about 6-6.9 hours of sleep per night. Though that may not sound too far off from the recommended 8 hours per night, the accumulation of inadequate sleep for weeks or even just days can really take its toll. College students who do not get enough sleep are more likely to catch an illness like the flu or a cold due to a lowered immune system, more likely to receive at hit to their GPA, more prone to mental health needs, and more likely to suffer in athletic performance.
Adequate sleep is crucial for high success in college, but university dorm rooms and apartments are not the most sleep conducive environments. The dorm beds, loud neighbors, and grueling schedule can easily cause one's sleep to suffer. Let's face it - college dorm beds aren't exactly known for being the most comfortable beds on the planet. Many are hard, lumpy, or full of springs you can feel. Luckily, there are simple upgrades that one can make to college bedding to increase the quality of sleep, leading to a student feeling better and achieving more success in the college world.
A mattress topper and a high quality pillow can help students fall and stay asleep. Toppers are an easy way to enhance the feel of a mattress. The SensorPEDIC MemoryLOFT mattress topper and pillow is a top-of-the-line combination featuring SensorFOAM breathable, ventilated memory foam. The 3" topper is comprised of memory foam gel support beads and SoftLOFT fiber fill, making this topper pressure-relieving, supportive, and luxuriously comfortable. The pillow helps the sleeper stay cool through the night due to its iCOOL technology system feature and 220-thread count soft Nanotex cover, which offers moisture wicking and enhanced breathability. Like the topper, the pillow is made of a combination of memory foam and fiber filling; in this case, a 1" memory foam core is surrounded by SoftLOFT fiber, allowing for support and comfort in any sleeping position. The topper and pillow also come with a duffel bag, which makes moving in and out of the dorm or apartment a cinch. The SensorPEDIC MemoryLOFT topper is available in either twin or twin XL sizes.
Whether you are a college student or have a loved one away at school, a high quality mattress topper and pillow like the SensorPEDIC MemoryLOFT combo is the ideal way to add comfort and support to a dorm bed. Though college may not be the easiest environment in which to get adequate sleep, falling and staying asleep doesn't have to be as difficult with an easy upgrade to your bedding.