26 August 2021
Written by Lorraine Lea – Simply Home
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed
Be honest... how long has it been since you replaced your pillow?
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, which means an accumulation of dead skin, dirt, oil and dust mites are more than likely starting to build up inside your pillow! Apart from just sounding gross, this build up can even lead to skin irritations and aggravate asthma and allergies.
If you're not sure exactly how long you've had your current pillow for, here are some quick ways to tell if you're due for an update:
1. Fold it in half
If you have a non-foam pillow (such as Posture Sleep Tri, Posture Sleep Body or Microfibre) 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 sure sign the material your pillow is made up of is starting to decay. Not only does this make the pillow less comfortable, but it also means you're no longer getting the proper head support you need for a good night’s sleep (and to avoid a stiff neck!). Our suggestion? Make a clean break (excuse the pun) and invest in a new one.
3. Take the pillowcase off
Strip the pillow of its pillowcase and protector to get a good look at its colour. If it is marred by yellow sweat stains and you feel a little repulsed by its appearance, then it's time to purchase a new pillow.
4. Check the tag
Did you know some pillows have an expiry date? Some pillows will have the manufacturer's suggested used by date marked on the tag which will give you an indication of when to replace it. Just make sure you take other factors into consideration like frequency of use, if the user is prone to tossing and turning and if a pillow protector is used to extend the life of the pillow.
5. 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, or something with a bit more structural integrity, it can last anywhere from 5 to 7 years (sometimes even longer if you take the proper steps to protect it). Latex pillows in particular have a great lifespan and, because they are fully hand washable, can last up to 10 years in some cases without needing to be replaced!
6. Keep it regular
If you can't remember the last time you replaced your pillow, chances are it has been too long. To keep things fresh and healthy, it's best to get rid of the old and bring in the new!
Think it's time to replace your pillow? There's no time like the present!
With several different types of pillows to choose from, there is something for every kind of sleeper. Shop our pillow range here.
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