Pillow Talk

Did you ever wonder if your pillow is making you sick?  Most of us will attest that there is nothing better than a good night’s sleep and the RIGHT pillow makes all the difference in achieving that goal.  Therefore, when we do finally find that perfect pillow some of us will keep it FOREVER!   That is why it is imperative that you do yourself, and your significant other, a favor and THROW OUT YOUR PILLOW!  YES!  You heard me right, hater of waste, queen of recycling I said, “THROW IT OUT!”, especially if it is over 2 years old or can’t handle this test.  Take your favorite pillow, fold in half and watch what happens.  Does it spring back?  If so, you are in luck and get to keep it.  If not TOSS IMMEDIATELY, here is why.

Pillows are a breeding ground for tiny little colonies of bacteria.  What prey tell (pun intended) do these critters feed off of…YOU!  Actually, the former you, i.e. dead skin cells and the organisms that feed off of them.  Dr Heike Neumeister-­‐Kemp, CEO -­‐ Mycologia and former Chairperson of the Indoor Air Quality Special Interest Group for the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, explains that our pillows are a breeding ground for dust mites, mold and fungi.  “Most of us spend up to a third of our lives in bed and nasties build up inside our pillows creating a hygiene issue.

Fungi love to grow in the warmth and moisture we sweat from our bodies. They use the nutrients from our dead skin cells to grow right under our noses,” she said.“These organisms can emit toxins which we breathe in when we go to bed at night,” Dr Kemp said. And if that wasn’t enough to make you holder-ons throw it out, consider this… About one in four Americans has some type of allergy, and within that group about two-thirds are allergic to dust mites, said Dr. James Sublett, an allergist in Louisville, Ky., who is chairman of the Indoor Allergen Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  “Very few people are allergic to just one thing,” he said.

Not sure whether you have a sensitivity to dust mites? Ask yourself these questions: Do you have persistent sniffles and sinus headaches? Do you often wake up with scratchy eyes? Do you sneeze repeatedly first thing in the morning? Do you have chronic nasal congestion? How often should you be changing your pillow?  About every 2 years.  You can you prolong the life, freshness and health of your pillow by: – Every month put your pillow in the dryer for 20 minutes – When you purchase your new pillow get a dust mite protector case as well – Keep pets away from your pillow – And lastly…if in doubt THROW IT OUT!

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