Is Your Pillow Making You Unwell?

Is Your Pillow Making You Unwell?

Do you ever stop to think that the comfortable, loving pillow you lie on every night may be contributing to your poor health? Finding out what lurks in your pillow may be a bit of a shock.

What's Hiding In Your Pillow?

At face value your pillow seems very innocuous, it's your comfy place that supports your neck, right?

Wrong. During its lifetime of service, your pillow will become a breeding ground for all types of bugs, fungi and mould. One study found an average pillow can actually contain over one million fungal spores.

We spend all night with our face pressed up against these potential germs. Mites, fungi and bacteria can have a real implication for your health.

The most common fungus found in pillows, Aspergillus Fumigalus, has been linked to sinusitis and

asthma, and can compromise your immune system. Dust mites are the other most common pathogen and it is estimated that 500 million people across the globe are sensitive to this dust mites poop! Yuck!

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Pillow

All of these dust mites, fungi and moulds love a warm, damp environment. Pillows are a wonderful breeding place. Here are a few tips to reduce the possibility of these pathogens breeding in your pillow;

Tip #1 - Dry your hair before bed

Tip #2 - Make your bedroom a pet free zone

Tip #3 - Minimise excess pillows and bedding. Choose a washable bedspread and keep other trappings to a minimum

Tip #4 - De-clutter, dust often and vacuum regularly. HEPA vacuums or filters are designed to extract tiny bugs and pathogens from the air, this might be worth considering if you or members of your family suffer allergies and respiratory issues.

T #5 - Avoid wool underlay's

Tip #6 - Replace your pillows regularly. Most manufacturers recommend every two years. I bet most of you have had your favourite pillow for years

Tip #7 - Wash your pillows regularly

Tip #8 - Get a dust mite cover for your pillow - they are available

Tip #9 - Try to keep cool when you sleep. Keep the bedroom at a nice cool temperature and don't over dress for bed, you will also sleep better for it

A Few Tips For Choosing A New Pillow

There are so many options to choose from these days, it's hard to pick a perfect pillow. I recently purchased three pillows before I found the one that was right - this can be very expensive!

  • Go as low toxic as possible - Foam pillows often contain formaldehyde and toluene diisocyanate, which can cause allergies and even cancer.

  • Avoid feather pillows, especially if you have asthma or sinus.

  • Spend as much as you can afford.

  • Choose a breathable fabric - organic cotton is a great option, it tends to be less allergenic.

I hope this information is useful and gives you some points for improving your health and your sleep!

Reference - Food Matters.