One of the most important factors that can affect your sleep, and consequently your sleep efficiency, is ambient temperature — or the temperature in the surrounding environment. Ideally, our bodies regulate our internal temperature in a variety of ways. Sweating or shivering are just two of the more obvious symptoms of the body as it attempts to make adjustments to its own temperature. Despite this, the body can only do so much, and the quality of sleep will still be influenced by the temperature of our surrounding environment.
Though cold temperatures have their own challenges, it is hot temperatures, in particular, that make it hard for the body to shed heat and make itself cool. Those sticky, humid, and steamy nights will cause people to wake more often, reduce restfulness and will affect sleep efficiency.
An overly humid or hot environment can also diminish the ability for the body to remain asleep enough to go through a full sleep cycle. This sleep cycle is the progression through the four stages of sleep, including REM (also known as Rapid Eye Movement) sleep.
It should be no surprise that sleep, and the ability to move through the four stage sleep cycle, is very important to the human body. Though we tend to take sleep for granted, the benefits of a consistent and restful sleep include energy restoration, cell regeneration, the support of both short-term and long-term memory and learning, and even the strengthening of the immune system. In fact, increasing evidence has tied lack of sleep to a host of mental and physical disorders, including depression, irritability, impulsivity, cardiovascular disease, and more. Simply put, your sleep is very important to your overall health and wellbeing.
How to Choose the Right Cooling Pillow
As mentioned above, one of the major factors that contributes to your ability to sleep soundly through the night is the temperature of your environment. Being too hot has a tendency to cause more tossing and turning, more periods of wakefulness, and you will have an overall detrimental effect on your ability to have a restful sleep.
Fortunately, there are products available today that can help you address this heat-related sleeping problem.
When reviewing these products, keep in mind that often a pillow can be the answer to all of your heat related problems. No, that does not include flipping the pillow over to the other side in the middle of the night. It is, however, about finding the right pillow for the right person.
When browsing for the perfect pillow, you are on the lookout for something that is equal parts high quality, comfortable, and the solution to your sleeping problem. This can prove to be more difficult than it first appears. One thing is for certain, you are certainly not going to find a high quality, science-infused cooling pillow by walking down the aisles of your neighbourhood box store. No, you won’t find something that meets all of your needs in the assortment of common, mass manufactured products found in a department store or grocery chain. These are often cheap alternatives that never live up to our expectations.
On the other hand, expense does not necessarily mean that an item will be of a high quality, either. Too often are people fooled into believing that the more expensive the cooling pillow, the higher the quality. But that just is not the case. Even if you find a pillow that will help cool you off, will it stand up to the test of time, or will it fall flat in just a few months? All of these factors should be taken into consideration while selecting the right pillow that effectively keeps you cool.
Gel Fiber Pillow with Cooling Cover Helps Manage Ambient Temperature
Gel Fiber pillows have offered some relief in the battle between restful sleep and those humid and hot nights. The gel fiber within the pillow improves ventilation and breathability that helps keep you cool and comfortable even on the most steamy nights. The Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Thickness Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover helps to do this and so much more.
By creating this pillow, Xtreme Comforts has developed the next level of pillows and sleep-time aids. This gel infused pillow can truly do it all. Here are just a few of the amazing things this pillow can do:
- It is a pillow made of gel fibers, which will help to ensure breathability.
- It has a PCM cooling cover created from technology developed by NASA.
- It has the ability to increase thickness and ensure the perfect, customizable comfort level for everyone.
- It is made of hypoallergenic material so that allergy sufferers no longer need to compromise their comfort.
The Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Thickness Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover is the next level of gel infused pillow. When you are considering buying a gel fiber cooling pillow, there are five main features that should make your “‘must-have” list:
1. Technology that Optimizes the Cooling Capacity of the Pillow
Many pillows on the market claim to have cooling capabilities, but few actually implement proven technology in the design to make these statements stand true. For example, Xtreme Comforts utilizes PCM (also known as phase change material) technology, originally developed by NASA, to create a cooling pillow like nothing else on the market.
PCM is made of a blend of polyester and polyethylene fibers treated with a special coating to have a high specific heat capacity. The Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover stays cool to the touch while you sleep. It is a coolness that you can feel just by placing your hand on the cover.
In other pillows, the heat that builds up between you and your pillow causes you to become hot, sweaty and restless. This is a sure-fire way to lose sleep. Between the tossing, turning, and the flipping of your pillow to the other side, you are sacrificing a lot of valuable and important sleep time.
In contrast to this, a PCM cover absorbs body heat that is built up through the night between you and your pillow. This allows the cooling pillow to pull the excess heat away from your body.
As if that wasn’t enough, a pillow designed carefully with gel fibers will store the energy that has been built up through the process of absorbing the heat, and, in a miracle of modern science, the PCM fabric will release the stored heat. In doing so, the PCM will aid in creating the temperature stability to maintain your ideal comfort zone temperatures. That is right, this technology will actually release heat as your body and its ambient temperature cools through the night.
This absorption of heat and its eventual release continues throughout the night as needed. It becomes a cycle, adjusting to your needs by ensuring your ambient temperature and your body temperature are at peak levels for comfort to help maintain a restful sleep. This outward cycle of heat and release will help ensure your four stage sleep cycle is consistently met for your health and well-being, and will ensure your best quality sleep.
2. Gel Fibers to Enhance Cooling
There is a variety of different gel fibers used in the production of cooling pillows, some better than others. Instead of settling for a generic blend of gel fibers, look for a proprietary blend of soft cooling gel fiber to ensure maximum air circulation and heat transfer to keep you cool throughout the night.
A high quality, special blend of super slick micro denier polyester in particular emulates the feel of down. It is pleasantly plush and fluffy while still providing support and firmness.
Pillows that consist of shredded gel fibers, as opposed to a solid gel insert, are recommended. This is due to the fact that the shredded fibers allows you to adjust the pillow to your own preference and comfort. This means that it is perfect for any sleeping position! Whether you are a side sleeper, a back sleeper, or a belly sleeper, you will find a cooling pillow that contains shredded gel fibers a delight to sleep on.
But that is not all. Because these gel fibers are so malleable, you can use them even when you require extra support for sleeping. Moreover, this type of pillow is also useful for knee support and pregnancy support. So, by placing a shredded gel infused pillow under your knees, you can stay cool while eliminating pressure and muscle tension on your lower back. This pillow will also help maintain comfort during pregnancy. Just place the cooling pillow under the stomach to provide extra support and comfort while lying on your side and help relieve back ache and get a better night’s sleep.
3. Adjustable Thickness for Your Comfort
Pillows are not meant to be for only your head and neck. Your pillow should support the natural curvature of your neck and continue to help you remain comfortable throughout the night. Your pillow should also keep your neck aligned with your chest and lower back. This means that whichever pillow you choose, you need to ensure that it is the right height for you. If you use a pillow that is too high, it can cause unnecessary muscle strain on your back, neck, and shoulders. Uncomfortable positions tend to make us feel hotter, too, while sleeping, as we toss and turn in discomfort.
Adjustable cooling pillows are great for those seeking relief from pain (and heat!). The convenience of being able to adjust your pillow to your liking benefits your health, as all of our bodies are unique and have different sleeping position requirements.
The truly customizable Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover from Xtreme Comforts conforms to your personal head and neck contour for a great night’s sleep. By adjusting the cooling pillow to your own needs, it will promote proper back, neck and spine alignment which, in turn, will help stop your back and neck pain. Those nights of tossing and turning, insomnia, migraines, and orthopaedic problems are as good as gone.
Perhaps the best thing about this adjustable feature is that it is so easy to do. Simply unzip the Cool-X Cooling Cover and the inner casing and either remove or add gel fiber filling based on what you have identified as your personal needs. It really is as easy as one, two, three. With three sizes available (standard – 18×26, queen – 18X30, and king – 18X36), you are able to customize your sleeping experience in every way imaginable.
4. Hypoallergenic So Everyone Can Enjoy a Cooling Pillow
To get the most ultimate, best night’s sleep, a cooling pillow that is hypoallergenic is recommended.
Dust mites are tiny microscopic insects that are known to congregate in warm, moist, and dark environments. Mattresses, pillows, and bedding are some of the common places where they tend to live and thrive. It is not the mites themselves that can cause issues for people with allergies, but the residue they leave behind. This residue can often trigger allergy sufferers to become ill.
Aside from dust mites, pillows are often home to various kinds of microbes and allergens. These microbes can cause temporary or even chronic illnesses, while allergens can be harmful for those who suffer from allergies. All of these things live on your poor, unsuspecting pillow.
Fortunately, the Xtreme Comforts gel infused pillow allows allergy sufferers to no longer compromise their comfort. The gel fiber filling of this cooling pillow is the perfect down alternative pillow for sleeping. And just because this gel infused pillow is labelled hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant, you do not have to be an allergy sufferer to enjoy the comfort of sleeping on an allergen and dust mite free surface. In fact, just knowing that this hypoallergenic pillow will protect you from the disgusting idea of dust mites and what they leave behind, will provide some peace of mind that will, in turn, reduce stress and allow more sleep.
5. Easy to Clean, Accessible to Everyone
Due to the aforementioned microbial, allergen, and dust mite concerns, many experts recommend that you throw out or change your plain-old, inexpensive polyester pillow every six months. Sure they’re cheap, but buying a new pillow that often will begin to add up over the years.
A good quality cooling pillow should last you for years without a worry. For example, the Xtreme Comforts Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover are luxury hotel collection quality that will last you for years to come.
Part of the reason this hypoallergenic pillow can last as long as it does, is that it is so easy to wash. No need to worry about removing the cover or doing the pillow in a separate wash, the whole pillow is machine washable for a deep cleaning. If a deep clean is not what you need, then you can simply remove and wash the zippered cover for frequent, convenient cleaning. Being able to wash the pillow at your leisure is an extra convenience for a pillow already stacked with benefits.
As well, consistent and convenient washing will further ensure that your exposure to allergens while you sleep continues to be reduced. No more will you wake up sneezing at night from allergic triggers on your pillow.
The Xtreme Comforts Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover is the most advanced soft, silky, quilted cooling cover and gel fiber filled combination pillow on the market today. Utilizing cutting edge technology designed by NASA this cooling pillow can not only draw heat from your body, but return it to you throughout the night. Even this alone leaves Xtreme Comforts’ cooling pillow a mark above the rest. Hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and adjustable thickness, makes this pillow perfect for your every comfort need and will ensure a good night’s rest.
Experience the next level of comfort for yourself by ordering your Adjustable Gel Fiber Filled Pillow with Cool-X Cooling Cover today and you’ll be having a cool and comfortable night’s sleep every night!