There's nothing worse than trying to fall asleep when you're overheated. Whether you naturally run hot 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 will keep you cool even on your hottest nights.
Essence of Bamboo Cervical Contour Bamboo Pillow
- To buy: $90; amazon.com
Bamboo's natural fibers help keep you cool and sweat-free until morning. We also love that this pillow is hypoallergenic, has a plush memory foam filling, and is contoured to be ideal for back and side sleepers.
PharMeDoc Contour Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow
- To buy: $35; amazon.com
If you like your pillows more dense than fluffy, you might try a gel. With more than 1,000 four-star Amazon reviews, you can rest assured that this one has plenty of fans. It boasts a heat-resistant cooling gel pad and a cotton blend cover. And like the one above, it's great for side or back sleepers.
Hypoallergenic Bamboo Pillow
- To buy: $75; amazon.com
A shredded memory foam filling prevents this bamboo pillow from falling flat. And there's no contour, making it a good choice for stomach, back, or side sleepers.
Z Shredded Cooling Gel Memory Foam Pillow by Malouf
- To buy: $22; amazon.com
On the go? Get a good night's sleep anywhere in the world (even an airplane) with the miniature Malouf travel gel pillow that has a shredded gel filling and bamboo velour color.
Classic Brands Cool Sleep Ventilated Gel Memory Foam
- To buy: $59; amazon.com
This gel memory foam pillow is ventilated for optimal air flow and has gusseted sides, making it another good choice for side and back sleepers.
Memory Foam Cool Comfort Body Pillow
- To buy: $40; amazon.com
Stay cool from head to toe with this full-body memory foam pillow, which boasts a cover made from bamboo and aloe vera.
Tempur-Pedic Tempur-Cloud Breeze Dual Cooling Pillow
- To buy: $240; bedbathandbeyond.com
This top-of-the-line cooling pillow from Tempur-Pedic is pricey but luxurious, thanks to its 300 thread count cover; a shape that works for back, side, or stomach sleepers; and popular Tempur filling for maximum head and neck support.
Deepsport Cooling Pillowcase
- To buy: $25; deepsport.com
Regardless of what kind of pillow you use, the right pillowcase can also make a big difference in regulating your body temperature while you sleep. Dr. Winter likes DeepSport pillowcases, which are antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and have FDA 510(k) clearance for people with atopic dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.