Struggling to get to sleep at night? Your pillow could be the culprit.
Replacing your pillows regularly is important for both your sleep quality and your health. Over time pillows will build up dust mites and other allergens which can impact on your hygiene, the stuffing inside your pillows will also begin to flatten and sag which means you will no longer get the right support from your pillow and you may suffer from sleep disruptions.
As a general rule you should replace your pillow about every one to two years. The exact frequency in which you replace them will depend on the materials used in your pillows and the steps you take to care for them – more frequent washing can help to prolong the life of your pillows. Pillows aren’t meant to last forever, holding onto your pillows for too long can negatively impact your health and could cause you discomfort at night.
Here are a few of the top reasons why it’s important to replace your pillow regularly:
Every night your pillow absorbs dead skin cells, dust mites, sweat, hair, saliva and body oil which can build up over time to irritate allergies and cause odour. Whilst a pillow case can provide some protection and regular washing can help you to manage allergens, you’ll still find that fluids and dead skin will accumulate over time in your pillow and could lead to mould and mildew. Studies have found that pillows can be major sites of fungi growth and other microorganisms, replacing your pillow will prevent watery eyes, a sniffly nose and other symptoms of allergies and will help to protect your long term health and hygiene.
Your pillow is meant to work with your mattress to properly support your head and neck. A neutral spine and proper alignment will help to minimise sleep disruption and give you a more comfortable sleep. Proper support will protect you from pain and stiffness. The problem is that your pillow will wear out eventually, you’ll find that soft, sagging spots start to develop eventually and your head will no longer be properly supported.
So what are the signs that it's time to switch out your pillow for a new one?
If you notice any of the following then it’s probably time to go shopping for a new pillow.
You wake up in the mornings with neck pain
Your shoulder muscles hurt in the morning
You have headaches in the morning or when trying to sleep
You experience an itchy throat, runny nose, watery eyes, skin rashes or breathing difficulties when going to sleep
You notice small yellow spots on your pillows
Your pillow feels lumpy
Your pillow feels flat
You can fold your pillow in half
Just like your mattress, your pillows need regular care and maintenance. Not all pillows are the same so it’s important to read the care label on your pillow before you wash or dry it. Get more tips on washing your mattress and linens here.
If your pillows are machine washable, it’s best to do it every few months in hot water as this will kill any allergens. If your pillows are fine to put in the dryer then opt for a low setting, or air-dry them on a clothesline.
Pillows are often overlooked when it comes to improving sleep quality, but they play an important role in getting a good night’s sleep. Regularly replacing your pillows and bedding will help you to get the best night’s sleep, every night. Need help finding the right one for you? Visit us in-store and speak to our experts, or shop online today.
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