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4 Spooky Ways That Tell You How Often You Should Replace Your Pillows

Because most people don’t know how often to replace pillows, some pretty scary sleep problems can arise. Not only are old pillows unhealthy, they can also end up causing a huge pain in the neck – – literally! So find out how to tell when to swap out your pillow so you can avoid these problems and start sleeping soundly.

Why You Need to Know How Often to Replace Pillows

You spend a third of your life in bed, yet chances are you haven’t considered how your pillow affects your sleep. A clean pillow is key to keeping you healthy, while a comfy pillow is the only way you can keep from waking up tired, crabby, and in pain. Check out these facts to help you understand the importance of ditching an old, uncomfortable pillow.

  • The average person sheds 8 pounds of skin each year. Considering how much time you spend in bed, guess where a lot of that ends up? On your bed and pillow. And what do microscopic dust mites love to eat? Dead skin. Yuck.
  • A single dust mite drops 20 droppings each day, and you can multiply those by the hundreds of mites living in your pillow. If you suffer from allergies, those droppings can cause major breathing problems.
  • Those nasty yellow spots you see on your pillow are caused by sweat and oil that travels through your pillow case. That moisture can easily breed mold and other gross bacteria.
  • The purpose of a pillow is to keep your neck and spine in alignment. If you’re tossing and turning all night because your neck is strained, your pillow is not doing its job.

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4 Ways to Tell You Need a New Pillow

Does your pillow affect your sleep? Absolutely! So if you can answer yes to any of these issues, it’s time to replace yours.

It’s old. According to pillow marketers, feather pillows can last 8 years, down pillows can last 5 years, and polyester pillows can last up to 2 year before breaking down. But with all the dust mites and bacteria that can quickly settle into a pillow, you’re better off replacing any of these once a year. Now, a latex or memory foam pillow usually lasts 18 to 36 months since they are built to be more durable and deter mold, fungus, and dust mites.

You can’t breathe. If you suffer from dust mite and mold allergies, the buildup is going to bother you more than others. Waking up all night with a stuffy nose, nasal drainage, and itchy skin is no way to get sound sleep.

When you fold it over and let go, it stays there. A good pillow should be strong enough to support your head, so if it’s gotten so floppy that it doesn’t pop back open on its own, get rid of it.

You’re waking up with neck pain. If you sleep on your side (which 75% of us do), your pillow should fill the space between your head and shoulder perfectly, while keeping your head neutral with your spine. If you sleep on your back, your pillow should cradle your head but should not be so thick that it pushes your head up or so thin that your head drops back. If you’re a stomach sleeper, you only need a very thin pillow. Get a new pillow to eliminate neck pain — and make sure it’s right for your sleeping position.

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How the Right New Pillow Can Improve Your Sleep

You’d be amazed at how much better you’ll sleep when you get rid of your old, uncomfortable pillow. Mark’s Mattress offers a great selection of Sleep Natural latex and memory foam pillows made to reduce allergies and improve neck pain. We have pillows that offer pressure relief and support in every sleeping position, and with Perfect Temp Technology, our pillows will keep you cool all night so you won’t sweat while you snooze.

Now That You Know How Often to Replace Pillows, Get Rid of That Old, Scary Pillow and Start Shopping!

Dust mites, mold, fungus, bacteria, and pain are all things that can keep you from sleeping well. So toss your old pillow out and shop our Sleep Natural pillows now!

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