Should you replace your pillow often? The answer is most definitely YES!
Nearly 70 percent of people say that having a comfortable pillow is important for a good night’s sleep, but many of us are making the mistake of keeping our beloved pillows for far too long!
Pillows should be replaced around every six months, according to Robert Oexman, DC, director of the Sleep to Live Institute.
Pillows Are More Gross Than a Mattress!
Most people talk about how they replace their mattresses after a certain number of years, due to the fact that a mattress becomes “gross.” What some people don’t realize is that a pillow is something that you don’t want to use for more than a period of six months.
Dirt, oil, and dead skin cells are trapped in your pillow and can lead to acne and other skin irritations. Dust mites, which belong to the spider family, also like to hang out in all those little crevices of your pillow! You might not be able to see them, but rest assured, they’re there.
Aside from the upsetting imagery of spider-like relatives hosting family parties in your pillow, the accumulation of dust mites can cause very real health problems: most of the time, an unpleasant reaction to those who are allergic to bugs. “Roughly 20 percent of people have allergies, and of those who do, around two-thirds may be allergic to the types of dust mites that congregate indoors,” according to Mark R. Neustrom, DO, of Kansas City Allergy and Asthma Associates.
A bit of good news from this is that dust mites don’t spread any kind of disease, and the protein that triggers a reaction to dust mites isn’t typically airborne. They generally don’t carry much risk other than being irritating to those who are asthmatic or anyone who may have a dust mite allergy.
They May Not Be Harmful, but That Doesn’t Mean You Want to Sleep among Them!
There are plenty of remedies that will keep your dust mites at bay. Airtight mattress and pillow covers work well and certainly help, as does washing your bedding—including your pillows—regularly. You can also throw your pillows into the dryer—on low—for at least thirty minutes.
So if you’ve been holding on to your pillow for way longer than you should, it’s time to shop for a new one! Keep in mind that the goal is to find a pillow that fills the gap between your head and your shoulders while you’re lying down!
Find a bed that makes you feel good,