Depending on the filling, pillows need to be changed every 18 months to 3 years. If your pillow is older than that then you won’t be getting the support you need and that means that you won’t be sleeping as comfortably as you could. You’re sleeping on your pillow for more than 2500 hours a year and like your mattress, a pillow should be regarded as an essential element to ensure high quality sleep.
If you are not sure how much life is left in your pillow, here’s a few steps you can take that will reveal how worn it is:
- Take off the pillowcase – is it stained or torn? Does it have an odour? These are indicators that they may need replacing.
- Try the folding test. Fold it in half – does it spring back into shape or remain folded? Another sign that the pillow is past it’s best.
Remember that pillows collect dead skin cells, mildew, fungus, mould and dust mites and, over time, a pillow can also double in weight because of these unwanted visitors! It’s these organisms that can trigger allergies and interfere with breathing during sleep.