Your pillows are an important part of your bedroom. They are just as important as your mattress because they provide support for your head, neck and spine while you sleep. Your pillows will go a long way towards determining whether or not you get a good sleep. Pillows can hold onto a lot of different kinds of particles, including things like dust mites, so it is important for you to make sure they are as clean as possible. However, depending on the kind of pillow you have, you may not want to wash it very often in your washing machine, as this could cause it to deteriorate or break down. So if you can’t wash your pillows often, how often should you replace them completely? And exactly how old are your current pillows?
Particles That Can Be Trapped in Your Pillows
Your face will come into contact with your pillows every night. It is important to know what types of particles your pillow could contain, especially if you are susceptible to things like allergies. Frequent washings of all of your pillowcases, bed sheets and blankets in hot water will help reduce the amount of allergens you come into contact with on a daily basis. But things like dirt, dust, mold, pollen, dust mites and other allergens could still be found on your pillows, even if you wash them frequently. The same could be true of your mattress. It may be a good idea to replace both your pillows and your mattress if you are experiencing serious allergy symptoms.
Pillows can also collect things like skin flakes and body oils over time, which can attract dust mites, mildew, mold and bacteria. Other things like human drool and perspiration can make your pillows dirty, even if they are covered with pillowcases. Over time your pillows can become rather unhealthy. If you are an allergy sufferer then it is recommended that you change or replace your pillows once every 1 to 3 years. You can also help to prevent the effects of pillow allergens by using an allergy-specific pillowcase.
Your Pillow Also Needs to Be Supportive
Unless you have the above allergies, you may not notice too many problems with your pillows on a day to day basis. However, what you may notice will be whether or not your pillow and your mattress are providing you with the proper amount of support. Over time even support-specific pillows can become lumpy, flat or misshapen. Support for your head, neck and spine during sleep is important for preventing many types of neck and back problems, including pain and discomfort. If your pillow isn’t providing you with the right support then you need to get rid of it and purchase a pillow that is supportive right away. Old pillows can sometimes cause improper neck alignment, which can throw off your entire posture. Now is the ideal time to look into new pillows if you are experiencing any problems with your posture or back.
Is It Time to Replace Your Pillow?
Here are some things you can do to determine if now is the best time to replace your older pillows. If your pillow is made from polyester, fold it in half and place something like a shoe on top of it. If it is strong enough to unfold itself and knock the shoe off then it is still good enough to sleep on. If your pillow is made from feathers give it a good squeeze and see if it unfolds on its own. If it stays squeezed together it is time for a new one. Also, think about how much sleep you get and if this sleep is high quality. If you are not getting enough quality sleep think about replacing your pillows and possibly your mattress.