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Pillow Hygiene 101: Essential Tips for a Clean and Healthy Sleep

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For a majority of us, sleeping at night is all about the mattress, the quilt, and the sleeping position. But what about pillows? Dry clean pillows are equally responsible for fostering sound sleep as our mattresses. Wondering how to maintain these pillows in order to dream nice every night? We will tell you. In this blog, Safari Mattresses will walk you through some essential tips for a clean and healthy sleep. So, stick with us till the very end. 

The Importance of Pillows

Mattress and a peaceful night pillow are essential for good sleep. A poor sleep environment can result in discomfort, tossing and turning, waking unrefreshed, neck pain, numbness in your arms, waking up worried and scared, etc. Your pillow also impacts the alignment of your back, neck, and spine. Malalignment, on top of existing conditions, can make symptoms worse. A good pillow fluffing can increase your chances of waking up pain-free and eliminate one barrier to a good night’s sleep. Selecting the appropriate pillow is an individualized process. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but there are several factors to consider. There are so many pillow washing materials and degrees of firmness on the market. You want to consider the longevity and quality of the pillow, as well as the length. If you toss and turn, a larger pillow might be a better option, for example. It will take a little time for your body to adjust to a new pillow, so make sure the pillow comes with a trial period and pillow protectors, so you can sleep with the pillow for 30 days or so, and see if your body is responding to it positively.

How Your Pillows Perceive Your Sleep Position?

If you are a side sleeper, you’ll likely be most comfortable with a firm pillow. Stomach sleepers often report using a thin pillow, or no pillow at all. This can, unfortunately, contribute to strain on the back. Back sleepers traditionally prefer thinner pillows, though this isn’t the recommendation. Thus, your sleep position and the type of pillow you are using go hand-in-hand.

“My Pillow” Maintenance and Pillow Hygiene Tips

Life gets busy, and typically the simplest of self-care tasks fall off of our to-do lists, but it’s important to pay attention to your pillow quality. So, how to keep them tidy? And most importantly, when to replace pillows? You can do it by following the handful of tips:

  • As a general rule, the recommendation is to replace your pillow every 18 months-2 years. As time passes, you’ll notice a decline in the comfort and relief you feel when you wake up in the morning. This may or may not be in sync with the pillow lifespan.

  • Natural materials will last longer than synthetic ones. So, the next time you are picking a pillow, try opting for the one made out of natural materials. You can check out the best of the lot in the pillow section of our website.

  • One way you can test your pillow is to fold it in half. If it stays folded, that’s a dead pillow; A healthy pillow will bounce back and return to its shape. 

  • You’ll also want to examine your pillow regularly for stains and unpleasant scents, indicating it needs cleaning or replacing. And formulate a list comprising of the “instructions for washing my pillow” accordingly. As humans, we shed dead skin cells. This, along with mold and dust mites can increase the weight of the pillow and trigger allergies.

And there you go!