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Your Pillow is Gaining Weight

Whether for health, fitness, or simply achieving that “beach body” we see on magazine covers, most of us at one point or another have worried about our weight.

But you know what really has a weight problem? Your pillow!

An unprotected pillow can gain up to half a pound over a 2-year period. Why? Because over the hundreds of nights you sleep on it, it steadily collects a wide range of unsanitary and unhealthy contaminants, bacteria, and even tiny insects. Once there, they can damage your hair, and cause a host of allergy problems.

Here are some examples of what’s piling the weight on your unprotected pillow:

  1. Dust Mites. A study conducted by the Ohio State University stated that “Ten percent of the weight of a two-year-old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings.” Considering that the average weight of a new pillow is between 3 and 5 pounds, that’s s lot. More to the point, not only is dust mite waste disgusting, it’s a powerful allergen that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America calls one of “The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers…”.
  2. Dander. What’s a dust mite’s favorite meal? Dead skin cells from people, dogs, and cats. The Ohio State University study also mentioned that humans shed about 1/5 ounce of dander every A lot of that winds up on your pillow, helping make it a more hospitable home for dust mites.
  3. Sweat. No matter if you are a man or a woman, athletic or not, keep your bedroom hot or cool, most people sweat while they're sleeping. Your unprotected pillow works like a sponge to soak up all that moisture and sodium.
  4. Mold and Mildew. According to the EPA, indoor conditions that are warm and humid can cause mold and mildew growth in your home. Allergy-inducing mold spores can easily end up on and in your unprotected pillow, opening the door to serious health problems.
  5. Stains. Oils, dirt, makeup, and hair products can also get soaked into an unprotected pillow, causing discoloration and unsanitary conditions ripe for bacteria. This can lead to skin irritation, acne, and more.
  6. Pollen. Primarily between August and October, pollen from plants like pigweed, sagebrush, sheep sorrel, goldenrod, curly dock, lamb’s quarters, and of course ragweed can trigger allergic rhinitis, an issue which affects millions of Americans. Pollen that collects on and in your pillow concentrates it right next to your nose and mouth, exacerbating the issue.

If you want to put your pillows on a diet, the AllerZip Allergy, Dust Mite & Bed Bug Proof Pillow Covers, 2-Pack protect your pillows from all the allergen-inducers and sleep inhibitors listed above. For the ultimate in comfort, support, and allergy protection, we’d also suggest any model from our wide range of memory foam pillows, which augment the effectiveness of the covers with built-in protection.

While admittedly, we can’t advise on those extra pounds you packed on over Thanksgiving, we hope this helps you keep your pillow lean and fit!

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