How often should I replace my pillow?
Ok so most people would agree that a comfortable pillow is very important to a good nights sleep, but many of us make a crucial mistake when it comes to our comfy favorite pillows…we are holding on to them for way too long and they could even be making us sick.
In fact, pillows should probably be replaced around every six to twelve months, according to the sleep experts. People often talk about how nasty and uncomfortable a mattress gets, but pillows are more frequently forgotten. Unlike mattresses, the concern is less about the pillow breaking down and no longer providing ample support. But experts agree that an old pillow is just not something you want to be around, and here’s why.
Perspiration, fluids, natural oils and skin flakes all find a home in your pillow after time, causing it to be the perfect habitat for dust mites, molds and mildews to thrive. These may cause aggravation to allergy and asthma sufferers and general discomfort to the user in the long term.
Washing and drying your bedding regularly will help to keep them clean and free of allergens in the short term, but make sure you replace your pillows at least every 12 months.
You can also purchase special pillow protectors covers that zip up, this will mean your pillow is encased or sealed completely, also stopping dust mites and allergens from creeping in. These pillow protectors zip up completely and can help keep the pillow in longer lasting condition.