In addition to aggravating and even causing neck and back pain, incorrect pillows can also trigger allergic reactions. Within two years of use, one-third of a pillow’s weight comprises of dirt, oil, dead skin, dust mites and their droppings.
How long should I keep my pillows?
Despite what you might think, if your pillow is six months old or more it could need replacing. Assuming normal use and wear and tear, a polyester pillow lasts for six months to two years, a down pillow five years and a feather pillow eight years.
How do I know if I need new pillows?
If your pillow is clearly showing signs of wear, such as loss of shape and flatness, it is time to replace your pillow.
Is it time to give your pillow a MOT?
You can test your pillow by laying it down on a flat, hard surface. Fold the pillow in half and press it down to squeeze out the air. Place a weight of around 300g (such as a trainer) on the pillow. If the pillow needs replacing, the trainer will stay in place and the pillow will not unfold itself. If the pillow does not need replacing, the trainer or weight will unfold itself, throwing off the trainer/weight.
Physiotherapist, Sammy Margo shows you how to easily and effectively test you pillows to see whether or not they need replacing in this video:
If you’re struggling to sleep, look at your pillow before making a trip to see your GP. A good pillow is just as important as a comfortable bed for getting a restful night’s sleep. Even though we rarely give a lot of thought to the pillows we use, buying the right pillow and positioning it correctly could be essential to a peaceful sleep.