There is nothing like a good pillow! Sometimes it’s hard to find a pillow that fits you just right. Which is why when you do find one you like you want to hang on to it for as long as you can. Sometimes you snooze with just one pillow, or other times maybe you prefer two or more. The bond we share with our pillow is especially close. This relationship, unfortunately, is not always a good one. As your pillow ages it collects some pretty disgusting allergens that can negatively affect your health. A mixture of sweat, dead skin, dust mites and other irritants can build up inside your pillow, which has been proven to be a major contributor to asthma and allergies.
A national sleep foundation poll shows that nearly 70 percent of people say a comfortable pillow is important to getting a good night’s rest. However, many people are keeping their pillows much longer than the recommended two-year lifespan.
As your pillow ages it breaks down and the support that it once had is no longer the same. It might also look “naked” or off color when you replace your pillowcase. What was once a clean and fresh pillow, now looks lumpy, dingy and stained.
We at Best Mattress have some tips that may help reduce bedtime allergen contact, while at the same time improving your sleep health and overall well-being.
Use Dust Mite Covers:
Use plastic or vinyl covers with zippers made specifically for allergy sufferers. This can protect against harmful irritants that lurk within your pillow. These covers will help seal in allergens and help keep the allergens away so you won’t inhale them while sleeping. Our PureCare One Pillow is made with a bamboo rayon fiber cover that features MiteTight® sealed seams and a locking zipper, providing a physical barrier that resists allergens, bed bugs and dust mites.
Wash Traditional Pillows Regularly:
Washing your pillows can be a helpful solution that will help reduce many allergens. Pillows should be washed every three to six months in hot water with liquid detergent. If you have a memory foam pillow, this tip doesn’t apply as these materials should not be put in the washing machine. Our PureCare Plush Pillow can be made from memory foam. It also comes in down, natural latex, specialty gel, and synthetic down. Be sure and check to see what your pillow is made of and if there are any special care instructions.
Replace Old Pillows:
Hotels will pay special attention to the entire sleep surface of a room. Ever wonder why you sleep so well in a nice hotel? They make sure that the mattress is firm and the sheets are clean and yep, you guessed it! They replace their pillows regularly. As a general rule, pillows should be replaced every two years. To know if it’s time to replace your pillow follow this simple test. Fold your pillow in half and let go. When you let go, your pillow should regain its shape. Pillows that don’t return to their original shape should be replaced. There are plenty of pillows to choose from. Options that will fit every price range.
Our PureCare pillows are a unique line of pillows which offer the optimum combination of support, cleanliness and durability. All of the pillow covers are treated with antimicrobial silver chloride which inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria and ensures that your pillows remain fresh for years to come. Best Mattress carries two lines of PureCare pillows: PureCare Plush and PureCare One.
Come in to a Best Mattress near you today and try out our pillows for yourself. Replace that old, smelly pillow with a brand new fresh one and get rid of those allergens and dust mites that you didn’t even know were there and are compromising your health. Visit your nearest Best Mattress store to try out one of our amazing pillows to see which will best suit your sleep style