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: