If you’ve been finding your regular pillow uncomfortably hot these last couple of nights you may be interested to know there’s a product called a Chillow, a pillow you fill with water to keep you cool at night.
One reader – and inveterate pillow experimenter – Tessa Stuart had recently bought one and offered to pass on her experience. This is her report.
I really wasn’t AT ALL chilled about sleeping at night and am a side sleeper which makes having the right height pillow crucial to support a long neck. I have tried many pillows, the different heights of memory foam Tempur, to most of John Lewis’s stock, right up to a £120 luxury German pillow from Heals. None of them stay cool all night.
I had high hopes of the Chillow. After working out how to fill it correctly and smoothing out the air bubbles, I was all set to have my nights transformed.
And at the beginning of the night it works. Especially if you cool the Chillow in the fridge for half an hour. But, it does not last more than three hours*, at which point, or later if you are lucky, you need to wake up and shunt your pillow round 90 degrees and select another cooler area of the Chillow to sleep on.
It also squashes the pillow you place it on, which was unfortunately my top of the range German one, which is now useless. ANNOYING.
1. Put it in the fridge, flat, for half an hour before you go to bed.
2. Use a substantial foam pillow underneath, because the weight of your Chilllow squashes feather pillows.
3. Always straighten it out flat in the morning.
4. Take it on holiday. I have found it even more helpful with strange pillows. And it fits into the bottom of a wheelie case.
5. Sleep directly onto it for maximum coolness. It’s a bit plastic-y but it’s so much better than having a hot face.
* Checking out the Chillow FAQ’s it seems Tessa’s problem could be solved by switching to a second Chillow if she wakes up half way through the night. You can buy a twin pack for £49.50 from the website.
Tessa Stuart is a branding expert and the author of Packed – The Food Entrepreneur’s Guide: How to Get Noticed and How to be Loved. You can find out more about the household names she has helped on her website Packed.