A recent poll showed that Canadians like to sleep in a fur pillow cover, but some say it’s not always a good idea to do so.
Many people who are worried about sleeping on fur pillies say it can be an isolating and uncomfortable experience.
A study commissioned by the federal government found that people who regularly sleep in fur pillowing are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than people who don’t.
Fur pillows have also been linked to skin rashes, skin irritations, allergies and other conditions, said the study.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and the Canadian Veterinary Association of Canada say they are not recommending fur pillowed sleep in Canada.
The association said it has a number of safety and health recommendations about how to wear fur pill-covered sleeping gear, including the use of a sleep mask.
It said that it would not encourage people to remove their pillows when they’re sleeping because it could pose health risks to the person.
The government of Alberta has already made changes to its pillow cover regulations.
The province is working on an official policy that would set out guidelines for pillow cover use in sleeping bags, and also make it illegal to remove pillows from bags.
The federal government is considering similar changes.
The government of Quebec said last week that it is also looking at regulating pillow cover wear.
(The Associated Press)