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Are Your Pillows Affecting Your Sleep?

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Off the top of your head, do you know how many pillows you sleep with each night? Do you keep it simple with one or two flat pillows, or is your bed dressed in a handful of fluffy, frilly and fancy ones?

Much like your comforter or room temperature, your pillows can impact the way you fall and stay asleep at night. Ever wondered if there was an optimal number of pillows or if it was all based on preference? Find out how they may be helping or hurting your sleep cycle. 

Does Material Matter?
You already know how the material of your PJs can impact your sleep, but did you know the same rings true for your pillow cases? Cotton fabrics are ideal for hotter temperatures, as they provide optimal breathability that can prevent sweat from waking you during your rest. During colder seasons, you may prefer a warmer material - like fleece or flannel - but these fabrics can cause dirt and sweat to accumulate and clog your pores. 

"The average person sleeps with two pillows each night."

It's also important that you regularly clean your pillowcases to prevent unwanted grime from accumulating and affecting your physical health. 

How Many is Too Many?
The average person sleeps with 2.2 pillows on his or her bed, according to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation. Researchers found that people who slept with two pillows were more likely to get a good night's sleep than those who only used one or used more than two. If you enjoy being shrouded in comfort, but want to find an alternative to too many pillows, consider investing in a large comforter that can provide similar results. Alternatively, opt for a quilted mattress pad that provides the fluffiness of multiple pillows without the clutter they may make on your bed.