Are you a “neat-freak?” Do you make up your bed every morning and change sheets regularly to keep things clean? Do dust and germs bother you deeply? Then we have some bad news for you. According to Dr Karan Raj, a dermatologist and a Tik-Tok star, if you are not changing your pillows every two years, then you’re in for some trouble. Just like toothbrushes that need to be replaced every six months, pillows also need to be renewed to help you sleep in a cleaner environment.
Dr Raj is a doctor with the NHS and is quite popular for making COVID-related infotainment content. This time, he is here to tell us that COVID or not, our beds can be quite a gross place.
In the very beginning of the video, which is a selfie with backgrounds of enlarged germs and human skin, he drops some major facts.
“The average person sheds about 4 kilos of skin every year.” That’s a lot! In previous studies, it has been established that a majority of “dust” in our houses is just discarded human skin.
Raj claims that most of this shedding settles on our bedsheets and pillows, given how much time we spend there.
He calls this a “feast” for microscopic organisms called dust-mites. Each dust mite in turn can have up to twenty droppings each day. Since there will be at least hundreds, if not thousands, of such mites on your pillow, imagine the total amount of faeces your face rests on each night!
These droppings can also cause some serious breathing/respiratory issues. Next, he informs his viewers about the “nasty” yellow spots on the pillow which are basically puddles of oil and sweat we secrete each night. It is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.So, when do you know it’s time to throw the old pillow out?
Dr Raj says if you fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back to resume its shape — it’s basically dead. A pillow’s job is to keep the neck and spine aligned while sleeping, a job this dead pillow can no longer perform.
Whatever Dr Raj said can be corroborated with a study that found that household pillows (12-18 months old) were littered with numerous bacteria, fungi, and other harmful organisms.