Why Replacing Pillows More Often is Important in Order to Maintain Good Family Health

October 13, 2015

SUBTITLE: Ollie Owl reveals why replacing pillows regularly is crucial to healthy sleeping patterns.

Almost 70 per cent of people agree that a comfortable pillow contributes to the success of getting a good night’s sleep. But pillows can affect far more than sleep quality and length, and replacing pillows infrequently or choosing the wrong one can contribute to things like muscle soreness, asthma symptoms and even bad posture.

According to Ollie Owl co-founder, Dr. Leigh Sheldrick, the most common reason that people aren’t replacing pillows regularly is that their pillow has become a favourite item, that they’re reluctant to part with. “People become attached to their pillow because it’s a large part of their sleeping routine,” says Dr. Sheldrick. “I’m often asked ‘how often should I change my pillow’ and the fact is that if your pillow is more than six months old, it may be triggering things like acne, allergies, neck and back stiffness and even headaches.” www.ollieowl.com.au

Dr. Sheldrick says parents of toddlers in particular need to be vigilant with pillow changes, as toddlers rest and sleep far more than older children and adults. “Old pillows can become a breeding ground for dust mites, which of course means that toddlers are potentially resting on dust mite excrement and carcuses,” says  Dr. Sheldrick. “Sleeping on an old pillow doesn’t only mean it will become a little deflated, which is what a lot of sleepers presume. It can be really bad for your health, and quite disgusting when you break down what the lining and contents may contain.”

Ollie Owl specialises is providing contoured, hypoallergenic pillows for children, adolescents and adults. With a dust mite resistant cover and anti-bacterial foam in the cushion, Ollie Owl pillows are perfect for asthma and allergy sufferers. Dr. Sheldrick says the specially designed shape means Ollie Owl can provide the best pillow for side sleepers and back sleepers, regardless of age and size. www.ollieowl.com.au

“It’s amazing how often I see people concerned with the quality of their mattress, and how it’s affecting their health, without even giving so much as one thought to their pillow. Pillow replacement needs to be addressed far more frequently than a mattress,” Dr. Sheldrick says. “They can quickly collect debris, critters, dead skin cells, oil and dirt, and because people lay their face down on them every night, all these things can easily exacerbate allergies and acne.”