• Blog, October 2018

When You Should Replace Your Pillow

If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your pillow, it could be a sign that you’re in serious need of a new one! Having a supportive pillow is essential for a good night’s sleep but there’s a lot more you need to consider. Here are some unmissable signs that it’s time to replace your pillow:

  • There are stains on the pillow
  • The pillow has developed a bad odour
  • There are noticeable lumps on the pillow
  • You often need to fluff your pillows to get them back into shape

Generally speaking, you need to replace your pillow every 1 to 2 years. This depends on the type of pillow and your individual needs. Some pillows last longer than others due to the quality, manufacturing and materials. Latex and memory foam pillows have a longer life span than synthetic down or polyester pillows. However, there are other factors which might require you to replace your pillow more regularly:

Increase in Allergies

Every night your pillow collects hair, dead skin cells and body oil. This build-up of debris can cause your pillow to smell and become discoloured – unless you’ve spilled your morning coffee on it! Over time, the bacteria found within your pillow creates the ideal breeding ground for dust mites which feed on skin flakes, pollen and fungal spores. Dust mites do not bite but they are often associated with dermatological and respiratory allergies.

Every night your pillow collects hair, dead skin cells and body oils!

Every night your pillow collects hair, dead skin cells and body oils!

These miniscule critters can trigger asthma. Symptoms associated with asthma include, coughing, sneezing, feeling tight around the chest and sometimes snoring. Dust mites are unavoidable in households as dust continuously gathers. However, it’s possible to reduce their numbers by regularly washing your bed linen and replacing your pillow when it’s necessary.

Aches and Pains

A good pillow is equally as important as having the correct mattress to support your spine alignment. A pillow needs to support your head and neck properly throughout the night to make sure you can get a good night’s sleep. Our heads are very heavy and over time the weight can cause the pillow to lose shape and comfort. If you’re waking up every morning with a stiff neck or tension headache, your pillow could be the culprit.

The age of the pillow does not always determine whether you need a new one. For instance, if you’ve recently changed sleeping positions from sleeping on your back to sleeping on your side to help prevent snoring, you might need a new pillow with a different profile or height that is suitable for your body. Different sleeping positions require pillows of different height to keep your spine, neck and head aligned.

At Beds for Backs, our Ergolife Pillows are flexible to suit all sleeping positions, including side, back and front sleepers. Manufactured with an anti-snore pillow design to help you achieve better sleep, choices include allergy free natural latex and memory foam with cooling layers to aid temperature control. For the best results, you can try our range of ergonomic anti-snore pillows in store.

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