Did you know that your pillow can be the main cause of your allergies and neck pain?
As a pillow ages, it flattens out, contains moisture, and turns into a home to dust, mites, mold, and acne causing bacteria. So it’s crucial to change your pillow after a certain period of time. It is also important to understand that each pillow has a different lifetime.
Let’s go over the signs to look out for to replace your old pillow.
Sign #1 - Pillow is not supportive and too flat
A pillow flattens out as it ages. Repeated use compresses the pillow fill, which loses mass and loft. Resulting in a flat pillow which fails to maintain good alignment of your spine, leading to more stress on the joints of your neck and shoulder.
Side sleepers deal with an additional pressure on their shoulders. The pillow fails to provide sufficient support to the neck, causing the weight of the head and neck to fall on the shoulder adjacent to the mattress. This issue can lead to development of pain - even chronic pain, which can take months to years for it to heal.
Sign #2 - Your pillow smells and stuffed with dust
Your pillow can become infested with:
- Acne causing bacteria
- Dust mites and molds which may cause of allergies
Did you know dust mites breed in your pillow and poop everywhere.The dust mite’s poop is what causes allergic reactions in most people.
Also, moisture over a period of time develops mold in your pillow. They are green, white, and black spots inside the pillow, molds emit a bad smell and cause symptoms of allergies including: Itchy eyes, Congestion, Coughing, Headaches, Skin rashes
If your pillow smells pungent or funky consistently and/or you’re experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above, then you should definitely consider replacing your pillow in order to relieve your symptoms.
Sign #3 - Get the right pillow for your body.
As your body changes, your pillow size and shape needs to accommodate that change. When you gain or lose weight or change your sleep position, you need a different pillow size.
Which pillow is the best for you
As mentioned above, there are various factors on which pillow is the best for you and understanding when it is time to get rid of your old pillow. There are now plenty of options for organic pillows and you can choose different fabric options as well. Latex pillows are great for those who have back or neck pain during their sleep and most are natural which does not emit any chemicals.
Natural Latex Pillows – Natural latex, is an ideal choice for pillows because it is flexible, provides good support, and lasts a very long time. Natural latex also absorbs moisture and regulates heat, circulates air, and inhibits the growth of mildew or mold.
Latex foam is made from milk harvested by tapping the common rubber tree. This amazing Hevea milk contains an antibacterial substance which is a natural dust-mite repellent.
Choose latex pillows that have either a solid latex core for firm support, a contour shape to mold to your neck and shoulders, or shredded latex to simulate the puffiness of down. Most companies now offer GOLS-certified organic latex that provides the purest substance for pillows.