It can be hard to replace a constant companion such as your pillow especially if it is your favourite. But letting go of and changing your pillows at the proper time is essential before they begin to do more harm than good as old pillows can trigger your allergies or cause frequent breakouts or neck pain.
If you’re wondering whether it’s already time for that much-needed goodbye with your pillows, read the following clear signs that you should look for.
You wake up feeling tired or with a stiff neck
Your pillow should offer you both the right amount of support and comfort. However, due to old age, the materials that fill your pillow can breakdown and in turn, provide you with less head and neck support. This can make you feel tired and strained in the morning instead of feeling refreshed and relaxed for another day.
You notice lumps or discolouration in your pillow
Another tell-tale sign that it’s time to let go of your pillow is when you notice lumps or bumps. Typically, lumps form in your pillows as they collect dirt and moisture which in turn clump their filling together. You can try getting rid of the moisture and dirt inside through regular cleaning to restore your pillow to its original form but if it doesn’t work, then it’s time to replace your pillow.
Aside from lumps, watch out for your pillow’s colour too as they begin to look yellow or lose their original colour due to old age.
You’re suffering from dust mites or breakouts
In a study, it was found that a typical pillow has 16 different species of fungus and literally millions of fungal spores while unwashed pillowcases and sheets had up to 39 times more bacteria than pet-food bowls and several thousand times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Gross right? But it doesn’t end there. It is also a known fact that approximately 10% of the weight of your pillow will be dust mites and their droppings at its two-year mark.
Now imagine your skin coming in direct contact with these bacteria and dust mites housing in your pillows. You guessed it right, it can irritate your skin and cause breakouts here and there. Plus, the dust mites in your pillows can significantly trigger your allergies.
If you’re suffering from allergies or constant sneezing in the morning or experiencing a sudden breakout, you might want to consider changing your pillowcase at the very least. But if it persists, try replacing your pillows altogether and consult your doctor.
If you are asthmatic or allergic to dust, make sure to find the perfect pillow that either has a hypoallergenic filling and synthetic fillings or pillows like polyester, latex, memory foam or microfibre. Then pair it with a hypoallergenic pillowcase that is both gentle on skin and hair to give you more comfort.
Your pillow can be bent in half
You’ve probably heard of the bend test for pillows but if not, here’s the general idea. Any pillow can be folded in half but it easily reverts back into its original form no matter how thin your pillow is. If your pillow stays folded after bending it, then it is a clear sign that it’s time to get a new pillow.
They’re no longer cosy
Maybe you’ve changed your sleeping position or you just bought a pillow and figured it might not be the perfect one for you. Then don’t think twice and get yourself a new one. A cosy pillow is one of the foundations of a great night sleep so it would be worth investing on a good one.
Looking for a pillow that you will love for a long time? Check out our range of luxury feather, latex and memory foam pillows today and you may just find the perfect one for you. You may also want to check out our pillowcases and protectors which will surely go well with your pillow.
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