The sciency bit
It turns out that there is some science behind the cool side of the pillow and why it feels so good. Your head is a part of the body where heat escapes from, helping you to regulate your body temperature.
If you’re too hot in bed, it’s likely that blood will pump to your extremities - that’s your hands, feet and head. And when your body reacts like this it’s likely that body heat will escape from your head, warming your pillow.
That’s why flipping your pillow to the cool side makes you feel cooler and more comfortable. So the key to regulating your temperature throughout the night is finding the best cooling pillow out there that doesn’t warm up as heat dissipates from your head.
So what’s the best pillow to keep your head cool?
The best cooling pillow out there is one that will do just a few simple things:
1. Regulates your temperature
2. Dissipates any moisture or sweat you produce
3. Breathes throughout the night
Seems straightforward, doesn’t it? But actually, not a lot of pillows on the market succesfully do all three. Most synthetic pillows such as memory foam or hollow fibre polyester pillows don’t have the same temperatur regulating properties that an all-natural pillow can have. So if you’re a particularly hot sleeper, a synthetic pillow just won’t hit the mark.
Which natural pillow is the best cooling pillow?
So what is the best pillow to keep your head cool throughout the night? Here at the Woolroom, we’re firm believers in keeping your sleep environment as natural as possible, which is why we choose to fill our pillows with wool.
"I have had my Chatsworth wool pillows for a few weeks now and can’t praise them enough, cool, comfortable and not waking up having to turn my pillow round during the night is another plus. I don’t know if it’s because I’m falling asleep quicker or if it’s because my husband has stopped snoring also, another plus. Highly recommended."
Why is wool the best choice of pillow to keep you cool? It’s efficient at all three of our top cooling pillow points. Here’s why:
Wool regulates your temperature
Wool is not just an insulator like a lot of other pillow fillings, it’s also a natural thermo-regulator. That means that it works with your body temperature to keep you cool when you’re too hot and warm when you’re too cold. When you’re too cold the wool will trap air creating an insulating layer but more importantly when you’re too hot, it will naturally act as a dehumidifier, purifying the air and keeping you cool.
Wool dissipates moisture
One factor that can really effect how cool your pillow stays throughout the night is whether it takes on moisture. For those who regularly have night sweats, or wake up feeling damp and clammy, this can affect their ability to maintain a comfortable temperature. Fortunately, wool-filled pillows are much more efficient than synthetics at transporting moisture away from the body.
We conducted some research along with the University of Leeds and found that wool transported 70% more moisture over the course of an eight-hour period than feather and down, and 48% more than polyester. That’s an impressive amount of moisture that is moved away from the body, keeping you cooler and more comfortable as you sleep.
Wool breathes as you sleep
Because of wool’s natural ability to transport moisture away from the body and keep you at a more balanced temperature, it also means you’re sleeping in a fresher, cleaner environment that breathes. It’s also because of it’s temperature regualting properties that wool doesn’t need cleaning all that often. With a wool pillow you really do reap all the benefits of a naturally cooling pillow.
Do you have to sacrifice comfort for the best cooling pillow on the market?
Our best selling pillow, the Chatsworth Washable Wool Pillow, is completely adjsutable. You can unzip the outer case and pull apart the wool clusters inside, add or remove some too, until you get the support that you need from your pillow.
"Very Comfortable Pillows"
"These pillows are fantastic - the first pillows I have used that are instantly comfortable and do not give me neck pain! The ability to adjust firmness is a real bonus."
Whether you suffer with night sweats, are experiencing menopausal hot flashes or you’re generally a hot sleeper, check out our wool pillows, and decide for yourself as to whether they’re the best cooling pillows on the market that are all-natural too.
by Vivienne Percival
09 Jan 2020
They are both excellent for a restful night as they are warm, and regulate body temperature without experiencing night sweats.