Whether you're going through menopause, dealing with a medical condition, or simply sleeping in a too-hot room, dealing with night sweats can take a toll on your well-being. These cooling pillows will help you get the comfortable sleep you need.
There's nothing worse than trying to fall asleep when you're overheated. Whether you naturally run hot, are going through menopause, or are simply trying to stay cool in a bedroom without air conditioning, night sweats can prevent you from getting enough shut-eye—which in turn can take a serious toll on your health. And although investing in cooling bed sheets can make a big difference, the type of pillow you're using is also important. There are countless cooling pillows on the market, but Christopher Winter, MD, medical director of Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center and author of the upcoming book The Sleep Solution, says not all are created equal. He recommends choosing a bamboo pillow that has a shredded latex filling or a gel pillow if you don't mind the heavier texture.
One type to avoid? "I don't like the gel pads that you place across a pillow," he says. "It feels like you are sleeping on a magazine."
Here are editor-approved pillows that will keep you cool even on your hottest nights.
- Best Gel: White Noise Caroline Gel Cooling Pillow Set
- Best Foam: Classic Brands Cool Sleep Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
- Best Down: Wayfair Basics Medium Gel Fiber Cooling Pillow
- Best Budget: Malouf Z Shredded Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow by Malouf
- Best for Allergies: Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow
- Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
- Best Customizable: Therapedic Polar Nights Cooling Pillow
- Best for Neck Pain: The Purple Pillow
Best Gel: White Noise Caroline Gel Cooling Pillow Set
By infusing the memory foam filling with cooling gel and opting for a bamboo-based pillow cover, White Noise created the perfect pick to keep you sweat-free until morning. Too much cooling tech? Simply flip over the double-sided pillow cover for a cozy rayon cover that’s soft to the touch.
Best Foam: Classic Brands Cool Sleep Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
Best Soft Pillow: Wayfair Basics Medium Gel Fiber Cooling Pillow
Best Budget: Malouf Z Shredded Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
Best for Allergies: Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow
Best Luxury: Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
Best Customizable: Therapedic Polar Nights Cooling Pillow
Motion activates the cooling tech in the memory foam and fiber fill of this high-end pick, so you get all-night temperature control. In fact, the reactive technology in this option promises to keep you 25 times cooler than a traditional pillow—whether you’re a side, back, or front sleeper.