Sleep is vital to our health and well-being, but many people have trouble sleeping, whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep, or even feeling well rested in the morning. There are many tools to help – supplements, meditation, essential oils, and more. Some people even try a new mattress – but what if something else on your bed is the solution?
Fabrice Klein, like many of us, had a demanding career and a family – and was regularly sleep deprived. It was after he broke his shoulder in a skiing accident ten years ago that it became extremely difficult for him to find a comfortable sleep position. Klein searched for a better pillow but was unable to find an option that was both comfortable and healthy. So, he decided it was time to design a better pillow – the KateKlein Clean Pillow.
“I went about designing the pillow very methodically, starting with the end goal: a pillow that would be comfortable and healthy,” says Fabrice Klein, founder of KateKlein. “Then I defined the six characteristics of the pillow required to deliver that goal: soft, supportive, dry, cool, pure and washable.”
The foundation of KateKlein’s Clean Pillow is its shell and core design. The washable outside shell is packed with healthy features and its inside core delivers optimal comfort.
“Many people don’t realize how much a pillow affects one’s sleep,” adds Klein. “A pillow should softly cradle your head while supporting your neck in a neutral spine position. Because people move around a lot while they sleep, maintaining that support and alignment is not easy, which is why people often wake up to adjust their pillow.”
Another important element of comfort is heat and moisture. Klein explains, “While we sleep, we release heat and moisture. When this gets into your pillow it creates a negative cycle making you uncomfortable which affects your sleep quality. If the pillow you sleep on is not clean inside and out, it can affect your health. While people wash their pillow cases regularly, most never wash their pillow. Over time, then, pillows fill up with household allergens such as pet dander, dust, dead skin cells, dust mites and mold.”
To help combat this, the KateKlein pillow uses Clean Pillow Technology – the brand’s proprietary designation for the concepts and materials that make up the Clean Pillow. After conceptualizing the design to have the six characteristics required to deliver both comfort and health, Klein identified fabrics and materials that would go into the pillow. As a result, the Clean Pillow is made of seven fabrics, each with a specific role.
“Some are smooth, soft, stretch, and wick away moisture, while others prevent air and liquids from getting into the pillow,” explains Klein. “Others filter the air coming in and out of the pillow to keep it pure. Traditional pillows, however, are only made with one fabric. Inside each KateKlein pillow, there are also 3 layers of materials designed to be both soft and supportive in order to provide comfort in any sleep position throughout the night.”
While people tend to attribute sleep issues to their bed, stress, or other reasons, they generally do not think of their pillow as a reason they aren’t sleeping well. Traditional pillows aren’t designed to be comfortable in many sleeping positions – they generally come in soft, medium and firm options, making the consumer responsible to find what works for them based on their sleeping style (i.e. stomach, back or side).
“No one stays in the same position all night though, so a pillow that is only comfortable in one position will be uncomfortable in all the other positions you will be in throughout the night,” Klein explains. “This is why I designed the KateKlein pillow – to provide comfort in any sleep position throughout the night.”
Handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY, the KateKlein Clean Pillow is made from the highest quality materials sourced exclusively from Europe and the US.