You’re not the only one who loves your pillow
Every night, we rest our heads on our favourite pillows for a restful night’s sleep. But how often do we consider how hygienically fresh our pillow is, and what impact it is having on our health and wellbeing?
Your pillow grows over time, made up of your dead skin cells and the things that feed on them. The older it is the worse it gets.
Dr Heike Neumeister - Kemp, CEO - Mycologia Australia and Chairperson of the Indoor Air Quality Special Interest Group for the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand says, “Most of us spend up to a third of our lives in bed and nasties build up inside our pillows which creates 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.
Dr Neumeister - Kemp says that Australians need to use better pillow hygiene practices by regularly replacing their pillows or by removing the allergens from them.
Tips from Dr Neumeister - Kemp include:
1. Regular washing of your pillow
2. Making sure you dry it well
3. Use a HEPA Vacuum on your pillow
4. Keeping pets away from your pillow; and
5. Replacing it regularly.
Tontine’s Freshness Stamped Pillows are the ideal way to keep track of how old your pillow is. Like changing the batteries in you smoke alarm, the freshness stamp is a visible reminder of the recommended date to replace your pillow.