5 Ways To Know If You Need A New Pillow
We spend almost a third of our lives in bed and so it’s no surprise it’s easy to get so used to our favourite bedding such as pillows. However pillows can also accumulate dead skin, dirt, oil and dust mites that can cause skin irritations and aggravate allergies.Therefore we need to maintain them well and when need comes for it, change it.
Pillows should be changed regularly and if you’re not sure the frequency of change, here are some quick ways to know if you need a new pillow.
1. Fold it in Half
Try folding your pillow in half. If the pillow does not spring back to its usual flat form but stays folded, then it’s time to get a new pillow. However this method is best used for checking non-foam pillows such as Feather or Bounce back pillows and it should not be used to check foam pillows (such as memory pillows)
2. Feel for Lumps
Feel every inch of your pillow for lumps. If you feel lumps then it should be changed. Apart from being used for too long, these lumps also accumulate if the pillow is not properly fluffed after washing. However, this makes the pillow less comfortable to use and by not providing proper support during sleep, may lead to a lower back pain situation.
3. Check the Colour
What’s the colour of the pillow when the pillowcase and protector is taken off? If it is now yellow in colour as opposed to its white colour when you bought it newly, then you should get a new one. The colour change is a strong indicator that you have been using it for a long time as the discoloration is usually as a result of accumulation of body oils and drool whilst asleep.
4. Consider the type
Pillow labels or type usually come with an estimated lifespan. For instance, our Memory pillows can last for up to 10 years while our Bounce Back Pillows can last for about 8 years. While this duration is subject to factors such as frequency of use and maintenance rate, under optimal conditions, this can give you an indication of when to change it
5. Check the Size
This is how to know a pillow is the right size for you – Your forehead and chin are at the same height when your head is lying on the pillow. If it is not at the same height, then it means it is not the right size for you and will not provide adequate support.