Is It Time to Replace My Pillow? (Most Likely, Yes)
Updated: May 27
Asking yourself if it’s time to get a new pillow? Simply by asking this question, you’ve most likely just answered it for yourself. Since you rest your head on your pillow every night, you really can't miss when its cleanliness and comfort begin to deteriorate. And although pillow cases and fresh linens can prolong a pillow’s life, the day will come (or has already arrived) when it’s time to throw out the old to make way for the new.
If you are still on the fence about whether or not you need a new pillow, let’s take a look at the telltale signs.
Can You Remember When You Bought It?
Can’t recall the last time you bought a bed pillow? Your lapse in memory may be a sign that it is time for a change. The general recommendation is to replace lower quality pillows every six months and higher quality pillows every year or two.
But you are using a pillow protector, you say? While a pillow protector can help extend the life of your pillow by eliminating oil and dander buildup (kudos to you), it can’t protect the inner stuffing from normal wear and tear, which brings us to telltale sign number two...
Does It Have More Lumps Than Granny’s Pancake Batter?
Do you relate to the following predicament? No matter how many times you try to fluff up your pillow, it still feels like a lumpy mess. Don’t make yourself constantly struggle to bring it back to life. If you are wrestling with a flat and uneven pillow every night, it is time to replace it. No question about it.
Hot tip: Test the condition of your pillow by folding it in half. If your pillow springs back into shape, then there may still be some life left in it yet. If it doesn’t pop back, then it is time to arrange for an upgrade.
Are You Waking Up With Neck Pain?
Waking up with neck and back pain can be a rough way to start the day, and your old pillow may be the culprit. Why? Because flat, lumpy, and uneven pillows are high risk factors for early AM suffering. A lifeless, old pillow can throw off your spinal alignment, resulting in pain and stiffness the next morning. For restful sleep, find a pillow that aligns your spine.
The Bed Boss Crown pillow is a great option for sufferers of persistent neck pain. It is a soft, molded memory foam pillow with a shoulder cutout that eases neck strain for side sleepers.
Are You Experiencing Inexplicable Allergic Reactions?
Ever wake up with itchy eyes and a watery nose, but feel totally fine once you’ve started the day? If this describes how you feel most mornings, then your pillow may be the root cause of your mysterious suffering. Because our bodies shed oil and dander onto our pillows and bedding, our beds become hosts to microscopic creatures called dust mites that feast on our dead skin cells. Dust mites and their waste trigger the allergies of many folks who are unknowingly sensitive to them. So, if you are having allergy symptoms in the morning that clear up during the day, then it’s a telltale sign that you need to replace your pillow.
Wondering how you can cut down on oil and dander buildup? Try the Bed Boss Select pillow. The Select features a removable, machine-washable cover, so that you can eliminate dust mites and the dander they like to munch on.
Few folks replace their pillows as often as they should, but old pillows can cause an entire host of issues by those who continue to use them. If your old pillow is giving you grief, ditch it and get something new! We have a wide selection of Bed Boss pillows available for every type of sleeper. Read more about how to pick out the perfect pillow for your sleep position here.