So you spent a long time tracking down the perfect pillow for yourself and you’ve finally found “the one”. Everything is perfect and you’re getting a well deserved good night’s sleep. But how long have you been holding onto that favourite pillow of yours? Too long that it could be making you sick?
Your pillows should be replaced around every six to twelve months, according to the sleep experts. People often talk about how nasty and uncomfortable a mattress gets, but pillows are more frequently forgotten. Unlike mattresses, the concern is less about the pillow breaking down and no longer providing ample support. But experts agree that an old pillow is just not something you want to be around, and here’s why.
Perspiration, fluids, natural oils and skin flakes all find a home in your pillow after time, causing it to be the perfect habitat for dust mites, moulds and mildews to thrive. These may cause aggravation to allergy and asthma sufferers and general discomfort to the user in the long term.
Washing and drying your bedding regularly will help to keep them clean and free of allergens in the short term, but make sure you replace your pillows at least every 12 months. You can also purchase special pillow protectors that zip up, meaning your pillow is encased or sealed completely, also stopping dust mites and allergens from creeping in. These pillow protectors will also help keep the pillow in longer lasting condition.
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