If there is one thing most people are guilty of, it’s not replacing their pillows often enough. But how often should pillows be replaced? The problem is that once a pillow has started to sag and has lost its original fluffiness and volume, most people just give them a ‘fluff’ and carry on using them.
Hitting or repositioning pillows will not return the support and shape they had from new. You are just setting yourself up for interrupted sleep or a stiff neck. Two things no one wants to experience.
Not only do you risk losing sleep or injuring your neck. Old and worn pillows can cause allergies and skin conditions. If you can’t remember how old your pillows are, or need to fluff them up before using them the likelihood is they need replacing.
How Often Should Pillows Be Replaced – How Long Do Pillows Last?
There are some factors to take into consideration, but as a rule six months is when you should start thinking about replacing your pillow. An interesting fact that may come as an unwelcome surprise – one third of the weight of a two year old pillow is estimated to be made up of dust mites, their droppings, dead skin, dirt and other unsavoury things.
If your pillow is two years or older you should look at it in a different way tonight. If your pillow is made from polyester its life should not be more than two years. A down pillow can last up to five years, and a real feather pillow can last up to eight years.
How Can I Tell If My Pillow Needs Replacing?
There are a few ways you can tell, and they are all fairly obvious signs to spot. If your pillow has any of the following signs, it’s time to replace it:
- There is a firm groove in it the shape of your head
- You can see obvious signs of wear and tear
- There is a complete loss of shape and it’s flatter than it started out
- There are various stains of discolouring
How Can I Test My Pillow to See How Healthy It Is?
There are some ways you can test your pillow. One simple test is to fold the pillow in half and press it down. Now place something not too heavy like a shoe on top, the pillow should have enough natural energy to unfold even with the weight on top.
If your pillow just stays there and has no bounce or volume it’s well in need of replacing.
Choosing a New Pillow
Now you’ve established you need a new pillow you should take this opportunity to buy a pillow that is going to give you the best night’s sleep and be good for your health.
You need to be looking for a pillow that will let your neck and spine align with no space in between your mattress and your neck.
Having an ideal height is probably the most important factor. A lot of people like having 2 pillows. This can also be a sign that you pillows are not as they should be. Pick a filling that is comfortable and supportive for you.
There are many types of pillows on the market nowadays such as:
Hollow Fibre Pillows
Such as this one Silentnight Hollowfibre Pillow, Pack of 2. They are good for people who sleep on their back or sides. The hypoallergenic hollow fibre filling is machine washable, and has a guarantee of 2 years.
These Silentnight Airflow Support Pillows, are similar to the one above. They also have a hypoallergenic hollow fibre filling. But also has a foam core which helps with ventilation. Your head should be slightly cooler than the rest of your body when sleeping. It has been proven that having a cooler head helps with sleep. This pack comes as a pair and are orthopedic, which means that it helps support your neck correctly which reduces neck and back pain. These pillows are also hypoallergenic which helps with allergies.
Like orthopedic pillows these are great for supporting your neck. If you suffer from bad neck and back pain, then this is the choice for you. A good example of a orthopedic pillow is this Sealy Posturepedic Zonal Support Pillow. They offer a choice of different support levels to suit. Sealy pillows are more expensive than other brands, but for a reason. They really are excellent quality, a lot of people recommend them once they have tried one. A lot of research have gone into these pillows ensuring they are the right height, firmness and very comfortable.
Another firm favourite for people who like extra support. Aeris Memory Foam Pillow
There are numerous other types of fillings and size out there but the ones above are fast becoming the most popular.
Should your pillows be replaced? Do the checks above and have a nose at a few of the examples. You will be amazed what the right pillow can do for your sleep.