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Could your pillow be making you sick?

Saturday - 6/25/2011, 12:24pm  ET

What's in your pillow?

CBS Correspondent Vicki Barker has more on this unusual pillow talk.

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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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