Knowing how often you should replace your pillows can help you get a better night’s sleep and prevent waking up with aches and pains. At Innovative Sleep Solutions, we know how important a role your pillow plays in maintaining a proper spinal alignment while you sleep. That is why we offer a range of different pillows that are perfect for all kinds of sleepers.
Importance of Replacing Your Pillows
Over time, the buildup of materials like skin, hair, and body oil can cause your pillow to attract dust mites to grow in your pillow. While these tiny creatures are not dangerous, they add extra weight to your pillow and lower its ability to remain supportive long term. Dust mites can also worsen the symptoms of people with allergies to the extent of interfering with their sleep.
While regularly washing your pillow can help get rid of dust mites, your pillow will still not last forever. The weight of your head on the pillow night after night will eventually wear the pillow down, causing it to flatten out in spots.
How to Know When to Replace Your Pillows
Some of the common signs that it is time to replace your pillow include:
- Noticeable lumps in the foam or filler material
- Noticeable, permanent stains from body oil and sweat
- Waking up with aches and pains, especially in the neck or shoulders
- Waking up tired due to aches and pains interrupting your sleep
- Waking up with headaches
- Waking up sneezing
- Constantly having to fluff the pillow to get comfortable
- The pillow stays folded in half instead of expanding back out
In some cases, pillows may need to be changed for reasons other than old age. Some of the other factors that could affect the longevity of a pillow include health conditions like allergies or changing sleep positions.
How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?
While most pillows should be replaced every one to two years, certain types of pillows can last longer due to the quality and construction of their materials. Some of the average lifespans for different pillow types include:
- Latex pillows—3-4 years
- Buckwheat pillows—3 years
- Feather pillows—18-36 months
- Memory foam—18-36 months
- Down pillows—2 years
- Synthetic down/down alternative pillows—18-24 months
- Polyester pillows—6-24 months
If you would like to learn more about how often you should replace your pillows, or if you are interested in one of our sleep products, please contact Innovative Sleep Solutions at 604-536-9380 or by filling out a contact form on our website.