Nearly 70 percent of us believe that the key to a good night’s sleep is pillows, so that we want to find the most comfortable ones; these then quickly become indispensable for us.
Some people are concerned about dust mites in mattresses than in pillows, so they never change the latter; some change their pillows every ten years or even every two to three years. But do we really know how often we should change our pillows? Here’s what the researchers say.
Pillows, where our faces rest night after night, are home to a lot of dust mites. Dirt, natural skin fats and dead cells are food these creatures. They are so tiny you can’t see them, but they are there nevertheless. Despite the myths, though, mites don’t double or triple the weight of pillows or mattresses; you can’t tell in any way how many of them live in your pillow.
Mites can lead to allergic reactions and asthma, but they don’t contribute to the spreading of serious diseases. Nevertheless, you should not share your pillow with hundreds of thousands of this species. Although some pillows can be washed, it would the best would be to replace them every six months, but at the least every two years. Mattresses should be replaced every 5-10 years, says Robert Oexman, director of the Institute “Sleep to Live” in the United States.