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Home Living : May 25th 2010
HLF - HOME LIVING: NORTH WEST, Tuesday, May 25, 2010 7 The secret life of your pillows » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING When you consider that the average person will spend approximately one third of their life sleeping, having a comfortable and good quality pillow is important. Pillow choice is a very personal thing and with so much choice available, buying a pillow isn't that simple. There are pillows for people who sleep on their back, rounded pillows for stomach sleepers, pillows that claim to stop snoring and even special pillows to support pregnant bellies. The wide range can make it hard to choose, but take the time to educate yourself and shop for something that suits you. After all, you'll be reminded of your choice every night. When to buy a new pillow Generally you should look to replace your pillow every six months to two years although this depends on the filling. Check with the manufacturer at the time of your purchase as the expected life span of your pillow will depend on the type and quality of the material. Some pillow manufacturers even provide a tag on the pillow so you can jot down the date you bought it, to see how it's ageing. Before you buy It pays to consider a few issues before you go out to buy yourself a new pillow: How do you sleep and what position do you prefer? Do you like to curl up on your side, sleep on your stomach or crash out on your back? Are you a tosser and turner or do you sleep like the dead? Consider your size. Are you large? Are you small or somewhere in the middle? If you're sharing your bed with a partner don't forget to take their sleep position preferences and body shape into consideration. Different pillow styles suit different people, so it's smart to make sure you both shop for your own pillows to get one for your individual needs. Pillow care To get the most out of your pillows follow these simple steps: Give your pillow a good shake and fluff it up every day. Try to air it in the sun and fresh air regularly. This will help to kill any dust mites, and keep it fresh and clean. Consider buying a pillow protector. They're cheap and are available in most homeware shops. A protector keeps your pillow dry and away from moisture or oils, and will also keep it from staining. You can easily wash a pillow protector, which helps keep your pillow clean and fresh. Polyester and some latex pillows can be put in the wash to keep them really clean, but not all pillows are machine- washable, so check the labels first. Pillows and allergies The National Asthma Council of Australia does not recommend a specific type of pillow for sufferers of asthma or allergies. But it does suggest you cover your pillow, your mattress and quilt with dust-resistant covers. These washable covers fully encase the pillow to reduce any contact with dust mites. Details: fortywinks.com.au
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