Why and when do pillows need to be replaced?

Posted on: 11/26/2012

Pillows play a key role in the quality of sleep of an individual. Cushioning the head and neck is just as crucial as a mattress is to the body. The lifetime of your pillow will increase greatly if you maintain it properly.

If you suffer from allergies, chances are you probably want to avoid them as much as possible or at least, lessen your symptoms. Oil, skin and sweat are constantly being absorbed by our pillows. These accumulations attract dust mites, a very common allergen. Simply washing the pillowcase isn’t adequate enough for proper maintenance. Washing the actual pillow habitually stops bacteria from spreading by eliminating most of it. However, even with the utmost care, bacteria will eventually win the war and will require the pillow to be replaced around the two to three year mark.

Over time, the weight of your head and neck will cause a pillow to lose most of its cushioning. This might seem to be a small issue; however, insufficient support for your neck and head can lead to excruciating back pain. A misaligned spine is usually the root of the discomfort, and if left untreated, the pain can spread to the neck and legs and even cause migraines. Want to know if it is time to replace your pillow? Try folding one side over the other and quickly letting go. If the pillow doesn’t bounce back immediately, it is time to replace your pillow.

Most doctors recommend replacing your pillows every two years. This will prevent the pillows from losing support and also keep them looking and feeling fresh.

These simple tricks will help improve your sleep, and leave you feeling great the next day!

Sweet dreams!