Do you often pay attention to yours and your family members’ quality of sleep and health? Have you ever been aware of the relationship between your bedding items and decreases related to bacteria that you and other members often experience?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who do not have the basic understanding of the importance of timely replacement for their bedding accessories and day by day they have to cope with threats from these old items. Hence, in the scope of this post, I would like to share with you tips for stay healthy by changing one of the most familiar bedding accessories that you use every day, it is your pillow!
Why Should We Change Our Pillows?
As all of us know that, a pillow plays the major role in providing necessary support for our body parts such as head, neck, back, and legs to reduce pressure on these parts as well as helping us to get rid of pain when sleeping, especially those who are side sleepers or pregnant women can not sleep without this important accessory.
To work best for us, our pillows must be soft, smooth and elastic enough so that it can support effectively and maximally. However, as the time passes, the pillows cannot keep their shape as the first days we use, they may go flat and loose and cannot undertake their functions as good as the initial time anymore.
Lying on an old pillow which is loose and flat will not help us to reduce tiredness, exhaustion after a long working day or remove neck pain, back pain because of long sleeping position. Conversely, it will cause uncomfortable feelings and interrupt our nice sleep. As the result, our sleep can not happen fitfully, and we have to wake up with the tired and unpleasant state of mind and these negative situations are the causes of the reduction of our efficiency and quality of life.
Not just that, using an old pillow on the daily basis can be very dangerous for us because of its hidden threats that we can not see by our eyes only. According to a reliable study, about 80 percent of people have the tendency to ignore pillow replacement, and they are also prone to be at risk of getting a large number of diseases that originate from this familiar item.
As we know, the pillow is the ideal place for dust mites and other types of bacteria to set up home. Even we clean our pillow on the regular basis; these threats can remain on it for a long time as well as develop. Every day, dust from our body and sweat build up on the pillow and then enter its filling which is the most difficult part for us to wash cleanly.
As the result, after contacting with the dirty and old pillow for a long time, we may have the difficult time coping with illness related to the skin such as allergy, dermatitis and respiratory diseases such as asthma. If we do not have timely treatment for these illnesses as well as purchasing the new one for daily use, they will happen more terribly than we imagine.
How Often Should We Change Our Pillows
Because of the terrible consequences of using an old pillow, it is extremely important for us to change of daily habit so that we can ensure our sleep and protect our health. There is not any certain figure for us to follow but it is recommended that we should replace our pillow from 6 months per time or 1 to 2 years per times, and this depends on types of pillow we use as well as the situation that the pillow has.
Besides concentrating on the amount of the using time, we can also rely on the follow signals to know whether it is the right time for us to replace our pillow or not:
- The pillow changes its original color and looks very ugly and dirty.
- The pillow becomes flat and loose
- The pillow cannot keep its shape after we stop using it or after we crush or press it.
- The pillow makes us uncomfortable or painful when we are sleeping on it.
These signals tell us that our daily pillow can not work best as the initial time we use it, and it is essential for us to buy the new one as the replacement as soon as possible.
It is obvious that because of the busy lifestyle, we can not pay attention to the smallest detail in our house and changing old pillow is one of the necessary tasks that we easily forget to carry out. However, this simple detail plays a significant role in our life as well as is the decisive factor of our health. Hence, let spend time on checking our pillow and replace it on the regular basis to avoid unhopeful situations!