I’m terrible when it comes to pillows! I find a pillow I love and don’t ever want to part with it. My pillow at the moment is one of those super-expensive ergonomic ones that I could afford to buy before having kids (we’re talking nine years – yikes!).
But I’ve been trying to ignore those awful yellowing patches that have pretty much taken over the surface and that I just hide away with a pillow case. But after hearing from the experts, I think it’s time to toss that oh so comfy relic in the bin.
Dr Karan Raj has taken TikTok by storm, sharing with his 3-million+ followers, his explanations for slightly medical phenomena. He’s featured videos on how strong a silicone implant is, what is sleep paralysis and why don’t humans lay eggs (apparently it’s because of some virus that affected our DNA in prehistoric times).
Now Dr Raj, social media star, has shared what actually causes those revolting yellow stains on our pillows…and let me tell you, it’s not pretty.
His TikTok video called “Change your pillows” has been viewed over 1.2 million times and received almost 150,000 likes and has probably caused a rush for new pillows.
It’s Time To Change Your Pillow!
“You need to change your pillow at least every two years,” Dr Raj revealed in the video.
“The average person sheds four kilograms of skin each year, most of that ends up on your bed and pillow … a feast for microscopic dust mites,” he said.
“A single dust mite drops 20 droppings each day. If you multiply those by the hundreds of mites living in your pillow, the build up of those droppings can cause breathing problems and allergy-type symptoms.”
But wait…it gets worse!
“And those nasty yellow spots on your pillow? That’s sweat and oil from your body. That moisture can easily breed mould and other gross bacteria,” he added.
Go Ahead And Test Your Pillow Now
He then topped it off with one quick and easy way to tell if your pillow needs to be dumped.
“If you can fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back, that pillow is dead,” the doctor stated.
“It’s no longer helping to keep your neck and spine in alignment, causing neck and shoulder pain.”‘
The video received thousands of humorous comments, with many viewers admitting that they rushed off to try and fold their pillow.
Some shared that they had been using their pillows for many many years. One even said that their pillow was older than they were.
Hmmm…maybe it’s time to finally change my pillow.
When last did you change your pillow for a new one? Tell us in the comments below.
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