One of my least favorite parts of summer is that the warm, stuffy air in my room makes falling asleep even harder. Especially when it gets to the point where it doesn’t cool off even enough overnight to make it worth it to open the windows! Luckily, this easy DIY project gives me an effective option for keeping my cool at night, and it can do the same for you too!
This DIY pillow project is a homemade take on a product called a Chillow. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a special kind of pillow you can fill with water and chill so that it feels nice and cool when you rest your head on it. (It also feels really nice to lay on one when you have a nasty headache!)
But you don’t need to buy a Chillow to experience the cooling, soothing relief of a chilled pillow—just follow the simple instructions below!
DIY Chillow: How To Make Your Own Cooling Pillow
With your pillow placed over a sink or towel, carefully pour water into the valve of the inflatable pillow with the aid of a small funnel or squeeze bottle. (Make sure to pull the top and bottom layers of the pillow apart so the water has somewhere to go instead of spilling over the sides!)
When the pillow has a decent layer of water in it (it doesn’t need to be completely full—just full enough to support your head), squeeze any excess air out and then seal the valve. Place the pillow in your fridge to chill for several hours so that it can get nice and cool.
After that, you can enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, a cool midday nap, or soothe away a headache. Whatever you use it for, it’s sure to work like a charm!
How do you keep cool during hot summer nights?