XOcomfort Pillow Review
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XOcomfort Carbon Series Cooling Pillow by XOcomfort

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The XOcomfort Pillow is real materials science brought to bedding. It’s a customizable shredded memory foam pillow designed for all types of sleepers. Unlike other cooling pillows, the XOcomfort pillow is not cool to the touch, meaning that you can “stay cool” without feeling cold. The secret is within the actual foam itself.

Overview of the XOcomfort Pillow

XOcomfort provides engineered foam products designed to increase comfort. It’s currently used in beds and pillows but is expected to be introduced to other comfort surfaces. It’s built with heat channels which move heat away from the body allowing for easier sleep and relaxation.

The company is currently offering $20 off their pillow (in Queen size)  if you follow the link to their Amazon Product Page directly from their website. The pillow normally retails for $69.99. Also, because it’s a Prime item, Amazon Prime members are able to get this pillow with free 2-day shipping. The company guarantees deep and restorative sleep or your money back within 30 days of purchase.

Construction of the XOcomfort Pillow

This may seem minuscule to some people but one nice thing about this pillow is the option in terms of size. Many pillows come in just a single standard size but in the case of the XOcomfort pillow, it’s available in Standard, Queen and King sizes. The depth of their pillows is about 6 inches but because this is a customizable pillow, that can change based on whether or not you choose to remove any foam from it.

Dimensions for the pillow are as follows:

Standard: 20 inches x 26 inches

Queen: 20 inches x 30 inches

King: 20 inches x 36 inches

The actual foam itself is CertiPUR-US certified. This is a not-for-profit organization that certifies foam based on their standards for content, emissions and durability. There are 6 requirements that need to be met to receive CertiPUR-US certification. They are:

  1. Made without ozone depleters
  2. Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris) flame retardants
  3. Made without mercury, lead and heavy metals
  4. Made without formaldehyde
  5. Made without prohibited phthalates
  6. Low emission (low VOCs)

My XOcomfort Pillow Findings

I did experience some off-gassing with this pillow so be sure to let it BREATHE. As for the foam itself, it’s certainly interesting. The pillow contained shredded, cross-chopped, cooling memory foam. It’s incredibly soft to the touch and feels so light but when you’re laying on a pillow full of it, it’s actually quite supportive and a bit on the firmer side. The pillowcase also feels soft and I was happy to see that the actual foam itself was contained in a seperate layer, made of a light, opaque and breathable material. Everything looks like it’s of quality. The fabrics, zipper and foam itself all look top-notch. Also for a clean freak, it’s so nice that I don’t need to remove each piece of foam just to wash the pillowcase. God bless! Laying on the pillow, I would have to say that I found it incredibly supportive. As a side-sleeper, I felt it supported that gap between the head and neck really quite nicely.

 

You can access the inside of the pillow with its zippered cover.

zippered cover

The XOcomfort pillow is created by the same people behind XOcomfort™ Cooling Technology and XOnano Smartfoam™. The XOcomfort pillow is what utilizes their cooling technology, while their smartfoam is a component of another entirely different project and endeavor. You can learn more about that here: https://xonanosmartfoam.com

XOnano Smartfoam is defined as: “an impact sensing technology that can be used to measure the magnitude of impacts in real time. The foam is engineered to create electricity when impacted which correlates to the impact magnitude.” This type of sophisticated smart foam allows data to be collected by way of technologically advanced nano-particles that are much smaller and less complex than sensors currently on the market. They create foam that is impact sensing, pressure sensing, and thermal regulating.

The inventor behind Smartfoam™ is Jake Merrell, who actually sold one of his companies to go back to school to become an engineer. XOnano Smartfoam™ is the commercialization of his Doctoral research at Brigham Young University. Initially, the smartfoam he developed was designed to better address concussions and head injuries that were common among young football athletes. For example, by measuring the impact, a coach could more easily decide whether or not a player should seek medical attention. XOnano is seeing a lot of application in the sports industry and its use will continue to expand into other markets.

You can watch the video below to learn more:

XOnano Smartfoam™ partnered with Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) in Feb of 2018. Rogers Corporation is an electronics industry company and a global leader in engineered materials that power, project and connect the world. The announcement of this partnership was published on the Rogers Corp website itself, further amplifying its significance.

Many companies in the sleep industry say their products are “designed by real engineers” and so on and so forth but I sometimes wonder the validity behind those types of statements. More often than not, it can be difficult to find all the information you’re looking for but I’m happy to say that the company and the people within it are the real deal. If a public company like the Rogers Corporation is confident in them than how can I not be?

My XOcomfort Pillow Recommendation

Because this is a pillow that would require some time before I can report on it’s cooling properties, keep their 30 day guarantee in mind. While I do tend to sleep hot, that’s not the case every night so it varies. Many online reviews show that people are absolutely ecstatic about this thing but as with everything there are some exceptions. On another side note, if you find you’ve tried many cooling pillows but still aren’t seeing a difference, consider whether or not your mattress and/or your bed sheets, blankets, and comforters are conducive to cooler sleep. They might not be.

The XOcomfort pillow was developed by a startup with REAL promise for this venture and beyond. This isn’t just a company that purchases white label pillows from a manufacturer in China. They engineer their own products and the potential of their inventions is staggering.

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We all know that the general advice is that technology and sleep don’t mix. Don’t watch TV right before bed, limit your use of smartphone too close to your bedtime. Blue light from screens has been proven to suppress melatonin, a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that helps regulate our biological rhythm, including sleep and wake cycles. Too much time on your phone can also lead to highly undesirable parasomnias like sleep texting.

 

But what if the right kind of technology can actually help you sleep?

 

In the recent years, the sleep technology sector has boomed, with companies offering high tech devices that promise to help us become aware of our sleep habits and even improve them. In fact, in the last two years, sleep technology has been one of the biggest trends at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), the world’s biggest electronics show. This year, the sleep tech section at CES has grown by 22% compared to 2018. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one third of American adults do not get enough sleep. Perhaps technology will provide the long awaited solution to this nation-wide sleep problem.

 

One noticeable trend this year is the rise in devices that not only track your sleep patterns but also do something about it. Another trend is the rise in devices that use specifically EEG sensing to monitor your brain activity and help you improve your sleep based on that data.

 

Here is an overview of the most prominent and advanced types of sleep tech devices to help you begin to navigate the world of sleep technology and hopefully decide which ones may be right for you.

Smart sleep masks

Dreamlight

Smart masks do much more than simply block the light. As the name suggests, they go over your eyes, but being smart they also help you track your sleep habits and improve them using various technologies.

 

Dreamlight smart mask uses light and sound to help you sleep better. The mask is made of foam, it wraps around your head and is secured with a velcro. It comes with embedded speakers that play relaxing sounds or guided vocal hypnosis to help you relax, and activates internal warm orange pulsing light “to promote mindfulness via deep breathing practice”.The masks can also act as an alarm clock, waking you up with soft green light which is better for you than waking up with an alarm. The masks also tracks and analyzes your sleep patterns and stores these data on an app that can be accessed from your smartphone.

 

Some smart masks also promise to help you reduce snoring. The Snore Circle mask identifies snoring using advanced bone conduction and sound recognition technologies. It then triggers a reaction in your brain that makes you tighten your muscles and open your airway.

 

Smart headbands

sleep bands

Smart headbands act in many ways like smart sleep masks, in that they track your sleep and help you improve it using specific technologies. But they can sometimes have additional functions.

 

Muse has just revealed a sleep meditation headband. It is a soft headband (actually called Softband) that sits on your head and plays guided meditation to help you fall asleep. It can also detect when you’re asleep and can turn itself off. It uses brain sensors throughout the night to monitor your sleep patterns and provides a report in an accompanying app.

 

Philips’ SmartSleep Deep Sleep headband introduced at this year’s CES has a built-in sensor that monitors your sleep patterns, detects when you  have entered the slow-wave sleep (deep sleep) stage and emits special sounds during this stage to boost slow waves. According to Philips, SmartSleep Deep Sleep headband has been clinically proven to help increase sleep quality and increase energy during the day.

 

Temperature Controlling devices

ooler

 

Some devices aim to improve your sleep by maintaining the optimal temperature for quality sleep, which is typically in the range of 60-67 degrees. One such device is Ooler, a temperature control system made by Kryo Inc. It consists of three parts: a water-based cooling control unit, a hydro layer and the mattress cover. The system can be controlled via a smartphone app and allows you to set your own temperature schedule for the night, including waking up by gently warming up the temperature.

 

Moona is another temperature regulating device, specifically a temperature regulating pillow pad that is designed to fit into any pillow. It consists of a small water tank that sits on the bedside table and a pillow insert, and works by actively cooling down the water flowing through the pad throughout the night. As with Ooler, you can set it to wake you up by gently increasing the temperature.

Smart Sleep Systems

 

If you want it all in one, but without having to wear anything, there is that option too. Magniflex’s advanced MagniSmartech sleep system includes the mattress, the bed and the base, but it is much more than simply an adjustable bed. It comes with a sensor technology and is able to track your sleeping patterns and body stats such as heart rate, body temperature and respiratory rhythm. It also has an anti-snoring feature, and uses color therapy LED lights to help you relax. You can set it to wake you up either by vibrating, sitting you up gently, or turning on the color therapy lights. The mattress used by this system is MagniStretch mattress which is certified by the American Chiropractic Association. The mattress is said to be made in such a way as to help your spine stretch increasing the spaces between each vertebra. It also regulates your temperature with the help of the  Outlast® cover originally developed by NASA. The smart bed activates when it feels someone in bed so you don’t have to use an app to turn it on.

Smart lights

philips hue

Smart lights might not technically fall under sleep tech, but since it is well known that light can make or break your sleep, it is worth including them here. The kind of light that we’re exposed to during the day and right before bed either helps or hinders our circadian rhythms. Smart lights can help your artificial light work for you and create the right kind of lightning for relaxation without much effort.

 

Philips Hue smart lights are controlled by an accompanied Hue app from your phone or a smart home device like Google Home or Amazon Echo. You can choose the colour and brightness to help you relax in the evening and set a schedule to turn it off at a particular time. You can also set the light to gently fade in when it’s time for wake up, again possibly replacing your alarm clock.

 

Other devices

 

There are also devices that aim to improve your sleep that do not fall neatly into any category.

 

Smart Nora is a device that promises to help you with snoring. It consists or a microphone that is placed on the wall or headboard above your head, and a pillow insert. Whenever the microphone detects early snoring sounds, the air-inflated pillow insert is automatically moved to adjust the position of the head and interrupt the snoring.

 

Aromarest is a lamp, diffuser and white-noise machine all in one. It can be configured to emit the scent of lavender at bedtime which has been proven to help you relax, play soothing sounds, and simulate sunset and sunrise.

 

Dodow is a saucer shaped device developed by insomniacs to help people who suffer from insomnia. It sits on your bedside table and projects light onto the ceiling, encouraging you to synchronize your breathing rhythm to the light, inhaling when the beam expands and exhaling when it retracts. The rhythmic breathing is said to stimulate your baroreflex and help you relax and fall asleep within 8 minutes.