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The best cooling pillowcases to beat the heat

Section: Maternity
The best cooling pillowcases

Getting a good night’s sleep is super important, even more so if you’re pregnant. Mix pregnancy with a British heatwave and your chances of a well-rested night is pretty low.

To set yourself up with the best chance of a dreamy sleep, we’d recommend getting a cooling pillowcase.

Ditching the duvet is probably best at night, but you’ll most likely want to keep your pillow, so investing in a temperature balancing and cooling pillowcase is the best shout.  Most cooling pillowcases feature cutting edge technology that can adapt to the individual’s temperature, keeping you cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

Pure cotton and silk are the best fabrics that are both naturally breathable and moisture-wicking, making them perfect for keeping you cool even on the hottest of days. 

Top tips for staying cool while pregnant:

  • Upgrade your sheets – invest in 100% natural fibres, preferably cotton or linen.
  • A dark house is a cool house – keep your house cool and relax in the dark ambience.
  • Freeze your fruit for a refreshing snack.
  • Invest in a spray bottle for instant relief on the go.
  • Snack on ice chips! 

There are many cooling pillowcases available to buy, from high street retailer M&S to online stores like Amazon. You most likely already know what fabrics you do and don’t like, so we’ve rounded up our top picks that include everything from cotton to silk, and even bamboo.

Whatever your budget and needs are there’s a cooling pillowcase for you, ready to help you enjoy a good night's sleep. 

The best cooling pillowcases

These cooling pillowcases are made from naturally breathable and moisture-wicking fabric to help keep you cool at night. With a 200-thread count and smooth fibres, these are luxuriously soft and will keep you comfortably cool all night long.

Features:

  • Comfortably Cool technology draws moisture away from the body, keeping you cool.
  • StayNew™ technology
  • Sustainably sourced Tencel™ lyocell
  • 200-thread count

Review: “I have now converted my whole family to choose these sheets. They are so cool to sleep on. We love them!”

Marchpower cooling pillowcases are made Q-Max 0.43 Japanese cooling fibre, which works to reduce skin temperature by two to five degrees almost instantly, for quick cooling comfort. Cold on both sides, this pillowcase is great if you suffer from night sweats and perfect for tackling the unexpected British heatwaves.

Features:

  • Cool-to-touch technology
  • 100% breathable cotton
  • Hand and machine washable

Review: “These seem to be popular right now and nothing worse than over heating in bed, I have thick hair too so get very hot, the pillowcases are a good size, well made and a zipper which is great to hold the pillow in.

“There are two sides to this so make sure you use the right one the shiny side is the cooling side and even when you are really hot and put your head on this it instantly feels cool, not sure how it works but it does, glad I tried them now makes summer and sleep a lot easier.”

Continually praised for all its magic in the beauty world, silk pillowcases are also great for keeping you cool. Silk is a versatile and extremely breathable fabric, it can keep you cool during the summer months but also warm when it gets colder – it’s the best all-season fabric! Although the most expensive pillowcase in our round-up, we can say its definitely worth it for a great cool night's sleep.

Features:

  • Made from 100% pure mulberry silk
  • Gentle on skin and hair – wave goodbye to bedhead!
  • Over 12 colours to choose from

Review: “I mostly love this because my scalp doesn't get as sweaty as it used to, and although the number of pillow marks definitely decreased, there are mornings that I do have some on my face.”

These soft standard pillowcases are made from pure cotton with a 250 thread count and a special Bodysensor™ technology, which keeps you warm when it's cool, and cool when it's warm.

Features:

  • Body Sensor™ technology: keeps you cool when it's warm and warm when it's cool
  • StayNew™ technology: longer-lasting colour and finish
  • 250 thread count

Review: “I washed these before use to remove the smell of the dressing that is used. The pillowcases are even softer once washed and are very comfortable against the skin.”

Another great silk pillowcase option from John Lewis, blissfully smooth and naturally breathable. Non-absorbent, silk actively maintains skin and hair's moisture levels overnight, to help minimise wrinkles and hair static.

Features:

  • 19 momme silk
  • Hypoallergenic and breathable
  • Ultra-smooth feel

Review: “I love these silk pillowcases they are cool in summer and warm in winter your skin is so well nourished by the silk overnight and so o easy to hand wash and drip dry. Excellent value.”

This cool pack of pillowcases provides the best comfort for cosy nights. Bamboo fabric is naturally breathable and absorbent, which helps regulate the body temperature to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.

Features:

  • Luxuriously soft and hypoallergenic
  • Natural temperature control fabric
  • Eco-friendly – bamboo is a naturally renewable resource

Review: “I spent the hottest night of the year so far on these pillowcases and it is the first time I had no sweat around my hairline or neck, so thankful I found these! Looking forward to buying a complete set.

“I have tried to take a photo which will show the softness of these pillowcases, but it is impossible. I usually tend to buy Supima cotton, I am absolutely blown away by the comfort and cooling properties of this item. I would put it on par with Supima cotton and go as far as to say it is softer and cooler!”

Not a pillowcase, but a great layer of extra protection and temperature balance, especially if paired with a cooling pillowcase, for the ultimate cool night's sleep.

Designed with advanced technology developed by NASA, the 100%-cotton fabric works to store excess heat until your body temperature decreases, and then slowly releases the heat to provide a consistent temperature while remaining soft and comfortable. Perfect for those who get too hot when they sleep, it adapts to the individual’s body temperature and humidity, creating a constant microclimate throughout the night.

Features:

  • 100% Cotton with Outlast® coating – developed by NASA
  • Adapts to each individual’s body temperature
  • Machine washable 

Another great pillow protector option from M&S that promises to keep your bedding feeling fresh and cool. They're made with Hydrocool™ technology that quickly wicks moisture away from your body to aid temperature regulation.

Features:

  • Anti-allergy and antibacterial
  • Temperature regulating
  • Contains Hydrocool™ technology
 

Angelica Daujotas is a Commercial Content writer at Bauer Media, where she writes and reviews products for titles like Mother&Baby, What's the Best and Yours. With a background in Fashion Communictaions and the Arts, she's your go-to for anything fashion, lifestyle and crafts. 

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