How to Know When to Replace a Pillow
A pillow that is worn out can leave you feeling tired too, so it's helpful to know when it should be replaced. If you're wondering how well your pillow is holding up, try these simple tricks to see if it's time for a replacement.
The Sleep Test
Think about how you feel when you wake up in the morning. When your pillow gets old, it loses its ability to properly support your neck. If you're experiencing recurring neck pain or stiffness, a new pillow could make a big difference.
The Fluff Test
Lay your pillow on a flat surface and examine its appearance. It shouldn't be lumpy or bumpy. Is there a permanent impression where your head rests every night? If you have to fluff or punch your pillow to make it comfortable, it's time to throw it away.
The Fold Test
Fold your pillow in half lengthwise and place your hand on the top. Hold in this position for 30 seconds and then release. The pillow should spring back to its original form. If it stays folded or doesn't spring back quickly, replace the pillow with a new one.
The Age Test
In time, your pillow can get weighed down with dust mites, dead skin, and other allergens. This increases your chance for allergic reactions and causes your pillow to go flat. If you're using an inexpensive polyester pillow, it should be replaced every six months. Otherwise, replace your pillow every 18 to 24 months to keep it fresh and allergen-free.
Proper Pillow Care
Taking good care of your pillow will extend its life. Consistently using a pillowcase or pillow protector helps keep your pillow clean and reduces allergens as well. When you do launder your pillow, follow the care instructions on the tag for best results.