Can I get sick from my hotel pillow?

Yes. The degree of bacterial growth that’s present in a pillow is directly related to the age of the pillow, that is, the number of months or years that the pillow has been in use.

A well-known expert in the hotel industry, Brian Guernier, recently wrote an article called, Hotel Pillows – How Long is Too Long? He shared, “Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to inspect and dissect pillows used in over 50 hotel properties, primarily in the upscale and luxury segments.  Overall, the average age of these pillows has been seven years!

Since the average hotel stay in the United States is 1.4 days, approximately 1,825 people have slept on that pillow before it is removed from circulation. It should also be noted that hotel pillows are rarely, if ever, laundered.


Scientists have found that up to one third of the weight of a hotel pillow is made up of bacteria, dead skin, fungi, dust mites and their feces. (National Sleep Foundation, May 2015; American Academy of Sleep Medicine, January 2017).

A recent study published in looked at college dormitory pillows and noted that, “…an average pillow contained more than 350,000 potentially live bacterial colonies, some of which are known to be highly toxic and even fatal.” In addition, the average pillow was found to have more than 100,000 potentially live yeast and mold colonies on its surface.

Another study found that up to 16 species of fungi can live in an average pillow. In short, pillows are an ideal breeding ground for all kinds of undesirable and potentially unhealthy bugs and diseases.

Keep Germs Away When You Travel
For travel, instead of taking your own pillow which is very difficult (especially when traveling by air or sea), bring along your PillowShield in the handy pouch provided, and you will have a cleaner and safer night’s sleep.

You may sleep directly on the PillowShield. However, most people prefer to put a pillowcase over it for extra comfort. Feel free to use either the hotel pillowcase which is laundered prior to each hotel guest’s visit, or you can bring your own pillowcase from home.
When traveling, you will be in close proximity to a pillow that has been slept on by many prior guests, and you would be inhaling deeply for 6-8 hours a night. Wouldn’t you sleep better knowing that PillowShield is providing a safe and effective barrier between your face and the many contaminants that are ubiquitously present inside pillows?

Sleep Safer With PillowShield

PillowShield is easy to use - and easy to take anywhere you go. Are you ready to enjoy a cleaner, safer night's sleep? Order today.