• Throwing Away Your Pillows

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    No pillow lasts forever. Tired pillows may leave you feeling tired yourself, so it's good to know when yours are ready to be thrown out and replaced with new pillows.

    Neck Problems and Dust Mites: Risks of Keeping Your Pillow Too Long

    To avoid neck pain, your pillow should, ideally, fill the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down. If you keep your pillow too long, it will flatten out, leaving your head and neck without adequate support night after night, and this could lead to pain and restless nights.

    The other significant issue with keeping a pillow too long is a dust-mite infestation. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that feed on dead skin cells and thrive in warm, humid environments… like your pillow. Dust mites don’t bite and they don’t spread diseases, but they are the most common allergen found in household dust.

    It’s estimated that about 10 percent of Americans are allergic to dust mites (or, more specifically, to their fecal pellets and body fragments). In those allergic, dust mites can trigger allergic symptoms and high levels of exposure …

    Pillows of all stripes can be sent out to the cleaners, if all of this feels like too much and you want to throw money at the problem. Or just don't wash the pillows at all!

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