What's in your pillow?
CBS Correspondent Vicki Barker has more on this unusual pillow talk.
WASHINGTON - This may keep you up at night. New research suggests your pillow is packed with bugs, dust mites and their feces. In fact, up to a third of the weight of your pillow could be made up of those items, as well as dead skin.
The findings come from a study of pillows used by patients in British hospitals. The Daily Mail reports the study compared hospital pillows with a medical pillow developed by a private company.
Some tips for keeping your pillows - and not just the pillow covers - clean:
- Wash your pillows regularly. Good Housekeeping suggests once every three months on a delicate cycle.
- Wash the pillows in hot water, or put them in a freezer for 24 hours.
- If you suffer from allergies, consider synthetic pillows.
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