A pillow is a highly personal item, and some individuals become pretty attached to theirs.

Likely, you or someone you know can’t sleep on anything but their pillow, which is why getting rid of your pillow might be a difficult decision.

However, we regret to inform you that pillows do not last indefinitely.

Even though you’re emotionally attached to your goose down pillow, there comes a moment when you have to give up and buy a new one. Pillows, like mattresses, play a crucial part in keeping your spine in good alignment as you sleep. But unfortunately, they wear down with time and use, leading to degraded support and less-than-ideal quality.

The majority of us do not replace our pillows as frequently as we should. And, let’s face it, it’s easy to forget that pillows need to be replaced.

When a pillow becomes worn out, it no longer provides the support you require for a restful night’s sleep. Depending on the quality and type of material used to fill the pillow, it may need to be replaced after 1 to 10 years or even longer. Therefore, it’s just as crucial to change your pillows as it is to replace your mattress when it’s time. Here are some pointers to assist you to figure out when it’s time.

The longevity of a product is determined by the materials used and the quality of the finished product.

Down & Feather: These pillows may easily last 5-10 years or more because they can be washed regularly (we recommend every six months), and the stuffing is so robust.

Synthetic: Depending on the quality of the materials and how they are used, a fair rule of thumb for synthetic is 1-2 years.

Foam: It’s difficult to say how long a foam cushion will last because it depends on the quality of the foam and how it’s used. As a result of both of these factors, the foam will become harder over time. When it’s too complicated, it’s a personal preference.

It’s time to invest in a new cushion.

Pillows should be replaced regularly, so if you haven’t done so in a while, now is the time. Looking for the following indicators can typically indicate that it’s time for a new pillow:

Neck Pain When You Wake Up

Your pillow continues to break down as it gets older, providing less support for your neck and head. You’ll wake up with neck pain, back pain, or a headache if you don’t have sufficient permission. If your pillow provides adequate support, you will not wake up in pain or stiffness. If you’re always in discomfort when you wake up, it’s time to switch pillows.

Your pillow has an unpleasant odour.

Your pillow will be covered in skin oils, bacteria, and drool after a lengthy period of use. All of these things can cause your pillow to exude foul scents. A thick cushion has outlived its usefulness.

Your cushion is stained.

Sweat, bacteria, and body oils that collect on your pillow can also stain it. If your pillow has become visibly stained, it may be time to replace it. You can use pillow covers and pillow protectors to lengthen the life of your pillow in the future to avoid this.

 

Your pillow has a lumpy texture.

Your pillow may grow lumpy with time, affecting the quality of your sleep. Because lumps make only some portions of the pillow comfy, you may find yourself tossing and turning more frequently during the night. If your pillow is lumpy, you should consider replacing it.

Your pillow does not return to its previous form.

The so-called “bend test” is the quickest way to see if a pillow is still in good shape. Fold the cushion in half and set it aside. It’s still in fine condition if it snaps back into its original place easily. If it doesn’t, it may be time to replace it. The lack of resilience indicates that your pillow is no longer capable of effectively supporting your head and neck.

You’re unable to stop sneezing.

According to studies, dead skin cells, dust mites, and faeces can make up to 30% of a pillow’s weight after a few years of everyday use. An allergic reaction can occur if you sleep close to so much accumulation and allergens (think: sneezing, watery eyes, and a stuffy nose). So an outdated pillow could be to fault if you’ve experienced an increase in allergy-like symptoms.

 

How to Care for Your Pillow Properly

Once you’ve purchased a new pillow, there are a few things you can do to help it last as long as possible. Specifically, you’ll want to clean your pillow frequently. Keep in mind that the care recommendations will differ based on the type of pillow you select.