The Healthy Pillow September 29 2015

I am often asked "How do I know if I have a healthy pillow or if I need a new one?"

So I ask "How did you sleep last night? How did you wake up this morning?"

Top 4 reasons you need a new pillow, ASAP:

  1. You wake up with symptoms of airborne allergies (see below).
  2. Your pillow is filled with down, poly, memory foam or other non-organic materials.  *It contains chemicals, flame retardants and synthetics.
  3. You wake up with neck, shoulder or back aches and pains.
  4. Your pillow celebrated a birthday (is 1 year old or older).

If these reasons caused you to have questions, that's great!  They should!  We address many of the health issues associated with traditional pillow fills in a post I wrote a while back, called 'A Million Fungus Among Us'.  To paraphrase: "...inside a pillow that is 12 months old or older are so many gross and unhealthy things.  There is mold, bacteria, dust-mites and their feces, skin cells, and if that isn't bad enough- FUNGUS."  

The #1 cause for allergies in the US are airborne allergens.

What are airborne allergens?  (Hint: 3 of these are more than likely INSIDE your pillow right now.)

  • Pollens
  • Molds
  • Dust Mites
  • Animals
  • Chemicals

The signs and symptoms are familiar to many:

  • Sneezing often accompanied by a runny or clogged nose 
  • Coughing and postnasal drip 
  • Itching eyes, nose, and throat 
  • Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes, caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses) 
  • The "allergic salute" (in a child, persistent upward rubbing of the nose that causes a crease mark on the nose)
  • Watering eyes 
  • Conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids, causing red-rimmed, swollen eyes, and crusting of the eyelids)

Washing your pillow and covering it with a protective cover will help, but why just continue to fight a battle that you can avoid all together?  Wool and latex are hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant (NO DUST MITES), anti-fungal, anti-microbial and when organic and untreated- they are chemical, synthetic and poison free.  Safe and healthy.  They are safe and healthy.  You don't need to wash them every month.  You don't need a protective cover on pillows containing these fills because there is nothing to protect against!

Still have questions?  Email me at and I am happy to help!