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You know the struggle, never knowing which extreme your office will be from one day to the next - it's either burning hot or freezing cold, with seemingly no in-between. Frankly, it raises a lot of questions. How do you dress for this? Are there rules about space heaters? Is it Friday yet? And then there's this one: can these constantly changing temperatures make you sick?

"Temperature has very little effect on if you get sick at work," Keith Roach, MD, internist at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, told POPSUGAR. "What really determines if you're going to get sick is if the people around you are sick."

When you think about it, the office is crawling with germs, especially during cold and flu season. "You're touching things [your coworkers have] touched, whether it be the bathroom door or the refrigerator, and then knowingly (or unknowingly) touching your face. And some germs travel through air," Dr. Roach said, which can make a virus that much harder to avoid. So how can you keep yourself healthy at the office? Start with these simple tips:

  1. Practice good hygiene. "Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer is an easy, effective, and quick way to protect yourself from getting sick," Dr. Roach said.
  2. Be mindful of touching your face. Your hands are harbors for germs and bacteria, he explained. Keeping them off your face and away from your eyes and nose is key to protecting yourself from sickness.
  3. Buffer your immune system. "The best way you can ward off sickness is to get adequate sleep, manage stress, eat a healthy diet, and get regular exercise," he said.

If you do get sick, try your best to call off work. "If you're in close contact, you will infect your colleagues," Dr. Roach said. And no one wants to be responsible for starting that ripple effect.

Choosing the Right Pillow for Better Sleep

Your pillow has a huge effect on the quality of your sleep. We all lie differently and it’s important to make the right choice, as an ill-fitting pillow can trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain and arm numbness.

The main things to consider are the position in which you sleep, the temperature you like, whether you have allergies and whether you’ve had neck or headaches in the past. Our range includes memory foam pillows, neck pillows and even cooling pillows to name a few, so we recognise that it can get a bit confusing.

Luckily, choosing the right pillow for you need not break the bank. It just takes a little know how. Here we have selected some of the best cheap pillows on offer, to help you get a great night’s rest.

These five great products all retail for under £20 each, so you can breath easy.

Silentnight Cooler Summer Pillow

This lovely pillow is super lightweight and created with a breathable hollowfibre filling, which allows heat and humidity to escape. It’s ideal for front or side sleepers who are looking to keep cool throughout the night. £11.99 will buy you not one but two of these beauties.

Sealy Select Balance Pillow

This clever product is created with luxury Dupont™ Serica® fibres, created to replica the feeling of real silk. Smooth and luxurious, this hypoallergenic pillow is great for front and back sleepers, keeping you balanced with you sleep. £21.99 for a pack of two.

Silentnight Finesse Pillow

A wonderful quilted cover gives this pillow a real feeling of luxury and an air cushioned feel. Filled with soft hollowfibre, it has a soft to medium level of support, providing amply comfort for front and back sleepers. £16.99 for one.

Silentnight Perfect Pillow

With three inner pads with different depth, the Silentnight Perfect Pillow is tailored to your needs – chop and change the way they are inserted into the quilted microfibre cover to create seven different combinations. A truly bespoke sleep! £17.99 for one.

Sealy Select Response

The Sealy Select Response Pillow will respond to your body’s temperature throughout the night to ensure that you are comfortable. It has a medium comfort rating, with a filling created from luxury Dupont™ Serica® fibres, and is machine washable at 40 degrees. Ideal for front or back sleepers, the pillow costs £16.99.


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