Tuesday, December 16, 2014

How Often Should You Replace Your Pillow?

When stopping to consider how much time you spend sleeping each night, the lifespan of your pillow might surprise you. Or just really gross you out. A pillow that’s only a few years old has been exposed too all types of germs and sleeping surfaces – especially for those who travel with their own items in tow. (Even couches or lounge chairs can expose your pillow to new substances.) It’s a process that, if repeated for too many years, can expose your sleeping (and deep breathing) self to outside germs and other airborne substances.  

Pillows that are “too old” can also break down, not offering enough support for the neck, back, and head. (Even those who prefer a short or flat pillow still need support.) Simply from age and use, their inner sections of foam or cotton (or whatever pillow filling you prefer) can lose its integrity. Without its shape, however, the head loses its ability to support, which can create headaches, or a number of other bone and muscle issues. 

So … how often should you change your pillow? Depends on the make and model. Pillows that are made of higher quality foams are made to hold up for years on end. While bargain options will need to be replaced every year, if not sooner. Pillows can also be kept clean with specialty liners, lengthening their lifespan even further.

Those with these higher quality pillows are less likely to replace them. (At least as often.) Though a good rule of thumb lies with purchase date – if you can’t remember the last time you bought a pillow, it’s likely time for a new one. You can also check comfort levels – if your pillow isn’t as comfortable as you’d like, replace it. They’re affordable, and offer hours of support and comfortable sleep. 

A small price to pay for a consistent night’s rest. 

To learn more about specialty pillows – especially those that come with years of cushioned support – head to Contour Living’s pillow page today.