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Pillow Hygiene and Better Sleep

The one thing everyone always misses when they stay away from home is their pillow. I always here people saying “I can’t wait to get home to my own bed and my own pillow”. But did you know pillows are a breeding ground for tiny little colonies of bacteria?


Over the life of a pillow it can grow complex ecosystems made up of your dead skin cells and the things that feed off them.



Sounds gross right?

Not only is it bad for your health, but not changing your pillow on a regular basis can be affecting your sleep.

Dr Heike Neumeister-­‐Kemp, CEO -­‐ Mycologia and former Chairperson of the Indoor Air Quality Special Interest Group for the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand explains that our pillows are a breeding ground for dust mites, mould and fungi.

“Most of us spend up to a third of our lives in bed and nasties build up inside our pillows which creates a hygiene issue. Fungi love to grow in the warmth and moisture we sweat from our bodies. They use the nutrients from our dead skin cells to grow right under our noses,” she said.

“These organisms can emit toxins which we breathe in when we go to bed at night,” Dr Kemp said. The National Asthma Council of Australia also recognises the benefits in pillow hygiene.

“Research has shown that 43% of people with hay fever allergies report that their symptoms are triggered by dust, or dust mites, which is the second most common trigger behind change in climate or humidity,”5 said Adam Trumble, Partnerships Manager of the National Asthma Council Australia.

Mr Trumble also said “More than 50% of people with allergies report their allergy symptoms affect their sleep, causing them to miss out on a good night’s sleep.”

General Manager Tontine Australia, Adam Heathcote, said that “On average Australians are hanging onto their pillows for 2.7 years, which is an improvement over the 3.3 years reported

Research suggests that simply replacing your pillow can make a difference, with two in three (67%) MGBs reporting they derive benefit from sleeping on a new pillow. One in four feel more rested (29%) or sleep more soundly (23%) while 42% say that it smells fresh and clean.

Tontine have done extensive research and recommend your pillow should be replaced every 2 years to ensure it’s freshness and your health. They have been stamping their pillows with a freshness date since 2010, reminding you when it’s time to change your pillow.


80% of people are still NOT replacing their pillow on a regular time basis. One in three (35%) are still waiting until it looks disgusting and one in five (19%) when it starts to smell!

How can you prolong the life, freshness and health of your pillow?

- Regularly washing the pillow

- Making sure you dry your pillow in the sun

- Using a pillow protector

- Keeping pets away from your pillow

Just like you need to change the batteries in your smoke alarm, Tontine’s date stamped Fresh Pillows serve as an obvious reminder to check your pillow after the recommended 2 year period.

Tontine date stamped pillows are available for sale at major department stores, discount department stores, specialty stores and supermarkets across Australia.


You can visit Tontine for more information on their website or their Facebook page


*** Giveaway ***


We have a great giveaway for one lucky reader! 10 pillows thanks to Tontine to replace all the pillows in your house.

To enter all you need to do is email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tell us why you want a fresher nights sleep!



Only available to Australian entrants

Winner will be chosen based on skill and judged on their answer and creativity. This is not a game of chance.

Entries open Wednesday 14th November and close 5pm on Wednesday 21st November.





This is a sponsored post and giveaway by Tontine.

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