Did you know that most people’s pillows gain 1 lb. a year in weight from bed mites?
Most people are unaware of the fact that their pillows are threatened by an influx of bed mites, dead skin, and other impurities, which accumulate over time, causing your pillows to gain 1 lb. of weight each year. Using the same unprotected pillow night after night will only expose your body to an alarming range of unsanitary and health-damaging bacteria, contaminants, and even small insects.
These impurities can lead to a wide range of allergy reactions and infections across the body, alongside damaging your hair and skin.
So, what are the impurities and contaminants that cause your pillow to gain weight? Let’s take a look:
1. Bed Mites
Ohio State University concluded in its research that 10% of the weight of a pillow that is two-years-old consists of dead bed mites and their droppings. A new pillow weighs between 3 to 5 pounds on average; however, the accumulation of bed mites can increase the weight by 1 lb. over one year.
Dust mites and their waste droppings are not just disgusting, but in fact, they are an alarming allergen that can lead to a wide range of allergy triggers in your body, including asthma, breathing difficulties, and acne breakouts.
2. Dead Skin Cells
Bed mites feast on dead skin cells, which come from humans, dogs, cats, and other pets. Research reveals that human beings shed around 1/5 ounces of dead skin cells every day. Many of these cells get absorbed by the pillows, creating a much more comfortable environment for bed mites to thrive and multiply.
Sweating while sleeping is a natural process that allows the body to regulate its temperature, and we all sweat, regardless of the gender differences or our lifestyle. An unprotected pillow will soak all the sweat and sodium like a sponge, creating an even more comfortable environment for bed mites to live inside the pillow.
The weight gained by your pillow also includes the residue of oil stains, dirt, makeup and skincare products, hair oils, and even coffee or food stains that you may have accidentally spilled. This creates discoloration, alongside promoting conditions that allow bacteria and infections to thrive. Such a pillow can cause alarming skin reactions, acne, irritation, and more.
It is imperative to protect your pillow against bed mites and bug bites and the accumulation of impurities by changing its protective covers and washing it regularly. Using a hypoallergenic pillow and pillow covers is the easiest and fastest way to protect you from allergies.