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Having Pillow Problems? Replace Yours | Chiropedic

31st May 2018

When it comes to pillows, we often think about getting the most comfortable one possible, and leave it at that. However, we should also keep in mind that pillows aren’t meant to last forever and that they have to be replaced every now and then, not just for our comfort, but for our health as well. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to replacing your pillows.

We’re never as clean as we think

It might be uncomfortable to think about, but when we sleep, we perspire, shed dead skin cells, and expel oil – and sometimes forget to remove our makeup. Depending on the type of pillow you have, all these substances can result in dust mites and other nasty bugs moving into your pillow.

Pillow types and when to replace them

Your pillow type will have the largest impact on when you should start looking to replace it.

  • Pillows with polyester fibre are cheap and often easier to clean, but they are more prone to developing mould and getting dust mites. If you have one, you should think about replacing it every six to 12 months.
  • We’ve been seeing a rise in the popularity of latex pillows, probably because of their incredible lifespan. As long as you keep it clean by wiping it down every now and then, and ensure that you air it at regular intervals, you should be looking at a lifespan of about 10 years.
  • Pillows that have feathers or down in them are definitely some of the most difficult to clean, but as natural types go, they have the longest lifespan of anything between five to seven years, as long as you leave them in the sun to air out regularly.
  • If you have opted for a wool or other natural fibre-filled pillows, you’ll be glad to hear that these types of pillows are better able to repel moisture, which means they are less prone to mould. However, they still need replacing, which should be done every two years. Keep in mind that your natural fibre pillow will need regular airing throughout its lifespan.

It is important to remember that no matter what pillow you have, you should use a pillowcase with it, as it will help with keeping some of the harmful substances from the pillow interior. Remember to wash your pillowcases every 7 to 14 days.

If you’re in need of your next pillow or you think it’s time to replace your current one,