Pillows buying guide

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  • Updated:1 Jul 2008
 

03.Allergies and back problems

Pillows and allergies

  • The National Asthma Council of Australia (NAC) doesn’t recommend any specific type of pillow for sufferers of asthma or allergies.
  • However, it does suggest that you cover your pillow (and your mattress and quilt) with a specially designed dust-resistant cover. These covers completely encase the pillow to reduce any contact with dust mites, and can also be washed.
  • NAC recommends washing the dust-resistant covers at least every two months to keep any problems at bay.
  • A pillow, such as one with a polyester fill, that can be machine-washed in hot water (more than 55ºC) to kill dust mites and wash away any allergens might also be of benefit.

A pain in the neck?

  • The Australian Physiotherapy Association says while there are many kinds of pillows on the market claiming to be best for tender necks and backs, there’s very little scientific evidence available to back up these claims.
  • It says that as most people’s body shapes and preferences differ, the best thing you can do is seek advice from a physiotherapist about what you should rest your head on.
  • However, the general rule of thumb if you’re looking for a new pillow is to find something not too high and not too hard. Ideally your spine should be in a straight line when you’re lying down with your head on the pillow.

Spine alignment

 

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