PSA: It's Definitely Time to Toss or Wash Your Pillows
Early fall sniffles and sneezes got you down? It could be the change in weather, but it could also be something else you might not expect—your pillows. Turns out the cozy bedding we snuggle our faces up to every night are filled with all sorts of allergens like dust, pollen, body oils and skin cells, and fungi which may be stuffing you up and making it harder to sleep.
It’s a whole, happy little eco-system in there. A 2005 study by the University of Manchester found an average of more than a million fungal spores in the household pillows they tested; synthetic pillows were found to have a higher concentration of aspergillus fumigatus, the most common strain, which feed dust mites, can exacerbate asthma, and can lead to disease in those with compromised immune systems.
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