Do you need a new pillow?
Be honest... how long has it been since you replaced your pillows?
Considering they are the thing you lay your head on and breathe next to for hours every night, you want your pillows to be the cleanest and healthiest they can be.
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, and that means wear and tear for your pillow, along with all the yucky stuff - an accumulation of dead skin, dirt, oil and dust mites. Holding on to an old but loved pillow can even lead to skin irritations and aggravate asthma and allergies.
When to replace your pillow?
For the above reasons experts recommend purchasing a new pillow every 12 to 18 months.
The filling inside your pillow will naturally break down over time, so it's best to replace them regularly. Here are some quick ways to tell if you're due for an upgrade:
1. Fold it in half. If you have a non-foam pillow try folding it in half. If the pillow doesn't spring back to its usual flat form, it's time to buy a new one.
2. Feel for lumps and bumps. This is a sign the material your pillow is made up of is starting to decay. This makes your pillow less comfortable and also reduces proper head support.
3. Take the pillowcase off - get a good look at its colour. If it is marred by yellow sweat stains, then it's time to purchase a new pillow.
4. Consider the type. Depending on what your pillow is made of, it will have a recommended lifespan. A polyester pillow will require replacing every six months to two years, but if you invest in a good quality Memory Foam pillow it will last anywhere from 5 to 7 years.
5. Replace regularly. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your pillow - it's has been too long. Over time, pillows contain a build-up of body oils, dead skin and dust mites so get rid of the old and bring in the new. An old or incorrect pillow can be a real pain in the neck and prevent you getting a good night’s sleep.
What pillow should you buy?
Find the right fit. You’ve heard about how important finding a comfortable mattress is for getting quality sleep, but it’s also key to invest in the right pillow. An ill-fitting pillow will not only affect your sleep, but it will stop you from waking up feeling truly refreshed. It can also trigger or worsen headaches, neck pain, and arm numbness.
The ideal pillow fit all depends on which type of sleeper you are - no matter your type, the pillow should keep it’s shape even when you move. The goal is to keep your head in a natural position with your head, neck and spine in alignment.
If you're not sleeping well, it may be time for a new pillow...…Sleep, Better.