How Do You Know When to Replace Your Pillow?

We get it: you love your pillow. You two have been practically inseparable for years. It has traveled with you, it has shared your sleepless nights, it has supported you like no other. But have you noticed that lately you have to wrestle it into the right position to get the support you need? While it’s sad to say that some great duos need to go their separate ways, it may be time to come to terms with the fact that your old pillow just can’t give you what you need: the perfect night’s sleep.

Your pillow should be springy and supportive in all the right ways, just like the day you brought it home. But the truth of the matter is that over time, as your pillow starts to break down from months of use, that contouring support turns to flat fluff. Not sure where your pillow is on the support spectrum? A good way to tell if your pillow needs replacing is the fold test. Simply fold your pillow in half and hold it in that position for 30 seconds. Now remove your hand. Did it bounce right back or did it stay folded? If it stayed folded, it’s time to find a replacement. 

Even if your old pillow passed the fold test, would it pass a health inspection? Think back to how you felt when you woke up this morning. Did you have an unexplainable itchy throat and stuffy nose? And what is up with those dark eye circles? These are all warning signs of a pillow that is infested with dust mites and allergens that accumulate in your sleep environment. 

Here is the icky truth: every night you shed skin cells, perspire and drool (you know who you are). These natural processes lead to bacteria buildup and attract dust mites, which are just some of the things an unprotected pillow collects over time. So whether your pillow is brand new, or an old comfortable companion, protect it and yourself with a pillow protector that is completely washable and sanitized regularly. It’s time to start to sleep healthier knowing critters aren’t lurking where you rest your head. 

Listen, we get it. Saying goodbye to an old friend is never easy, but your sleep health and wellness are at stake. Take back your sleep sanity by discovering your new favourite pillow and protector.

Content provided from PureCare.

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