My Night Guard Turned Me into a Bedtime Drooler and This Is the Only Pillowcase That Stays Dry

published Mar 20, 2023
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As much as I liked sleeping on the silk pillowcase I picked up a year ago, if I didn’t stop using it, it was going to get ruined. That’s because the mouthguard I wear to prevent me from grinding my teeth while I sleep also causes me to drool, and my saliva was beginning to permanently stain my pillowcase. (Even washing it regularly didn’t help.) What’s worse, my drool was starting to stain my pillow, too — yikes!

I tried to find a pillow cover that’s meant for people in my predicament, but it was surprisingly hard to track down. The only thing that came close to what I was looking for was meant for people who shower at night and go to sleep with wet hair. I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but it was my only option, so I gave it a try. Now, months later, I am so glad I found this pillow protector. It saved me from potentially ruining my pillow, and unlike my silk pillowcase, it’s much easier to keep clean.

The secret to this bedding accessory is its material: one side is essentially a large microfiber cloth that absorbs moisture (whether in the form of saliva or something less unsightly such as damp hair) and prevents any liquid from soaking through to the pillow by blocking it with a waterproof lining. While the microfiber’s texture doesn’t have the suede-like quality of similar cloths, it’s comfortable to sleep on and feels great against my skin. It’s basically a soft and fluffy bath towel, which is lovely to sink into as you drift off to sleep.

I clean my pillow cover once a week by tossing it in with my regular laundry, and it’s kept its softness and absorbency through several months’ worth of washing. It fits easily over standard-sized pillows, and although it doesn’t have a zipper closure, it won’t slide off or get twisted around (even if you toss and turn at night). Sometimes, my previous pillowcases would be slightly damp from my drool when I woke up — not very pleasant, I know. But this one dries super quickly so I’m confident it would also work great both for anyone who sweats in their sleep or who goes to bed with wet hair.

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I’ve come to rely on this sleep accessory so much that I take it with me when I travel. And if you don’t need to use the drying function every night, you can flip the pillowcase over and sleep on the non-towel side — which feels quite silky. This is one of the most durable pillow coverings I’ve ever owned, and considering how difficult it is to find any similar products, I think it’s well worth the $50 investment.

Just like how mattress protectors extend the life of your mattress, this absorbent pillowcase will certainly extend the life of your pillow — and help you sleep more comfortably.