Do you feel like you are having an allergic reaction more often than normal these days? There are many things, such as dust mites (shown above) and places that can cause an allergic reaction. One place that you may not think of is your pillow. Could you be allergic to your pillow? You just might be. Here are some crazy statistics that might make you want to run home and change out your old dingy one for something clean and new.
- According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma affects approximately 25.9 million Americans, and more than 50 million Americans suffer from different types of allergies.
- 1 in 4 people know that pillows should be replaced every 2 years, but wait longer to replace them.
- 1 in 5 people have never washed their pillow.
- 70% of people are not comfortable showing their naked pillow to others.
If you are lucky you spend about one-third of your day sleeping in your room and while you may feel like you are in a safe and comfortable place your sleep environment can have a powerful impact on your overall health.
The Older the Pillow
Even though our pillows can be a great source of comfort for us they can also contain a lot of foreign particles. The older your pillow is, the more likely it is to cause allergies. Old pillows tend to be more comfortable because we are used to them and they always seem fluffier don’t they? Unfortunately old pillows like to hang out with dust mites which can cause a lot of allergies. Bacteria, viruses and mold could also begin to grow in the pillows. These can trigger allergies such as contact dermatitis, eczema, asthma and rhinitis. These microbes that reside in the fibers of your pillow may mix into the air and when you inhale them, these can cause additional allergies and health complications. Who knew right?
Reducing the Chances of Allergies
Though old pillows can cause a lot of allergies, there are ways in which it can be reduced.
- Remember to change your pillow every two years. Less if you are prone to contact dermatitis
- Wash your pillow in hot water and liquid detergent every 3-6 months,except with microfiber pillows.
- Ensure your room has proper ventilation and open your windows from time to time so that your bedding can be aired.
- Read the label of your pillow and make sure you are getting a hypoallergenic pillow
Having a good pillow is important to your health. If you are looking for new pillows we have a wide variety of pillows that will help combat those pesky allergies and help you to have the best sleep. Visit your nearest Best Mattress today!