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About one-third of your time is spent sleeping. Most of that time is in your bed, with your head on your pillow. You probably change your pillow case and wash it regularly; you may even wash your pillow every few months. Why do you need to replace your pillow? How often should you buy a new pillow? Are there any benefits to getting a new pillow? Experts recommend replacing your pillow every six months to no more than three years. Your mileage will vary. Quality matters when you are buying a pillow. If you have allergies, you need to replace your pillow more frequently. The material of your pillow, polyester or down, will also play a part. The way you sleep matters as well. If you sleep on your side, you need more support from your pillow than if you sleep on your stomach. The bottom line is that if you are not getting a good night’s sleep and your pillow is more than six months old, you should consider replacing it with a new one.
Your pillow provides support during sleep. Side sleepers need a firm pillow that keeps your head, neck, and spine aligned throughout the night. If you are punching your pillow around to provide the right position, a new pillow will help you sleep better at night. Medium firm pillows work well for people who sleep on their back. Softer pillows are good for stomach sleepers. Whichever type of sleeper you are, you will benefit with the proper support during sleep.
Your pillow is around your face more than any other object. Even with a pillowcase, your pillow absorbs the oils and dead skin cells from your face. Some experts suggest that this leads to acne break-outs. Your pillow also attracts dust mites, which are a high allergen trigger. If you wake up with allergy symptoms in the morning, this could be a reaction to dust mites. Why take chances with your health by not replacing your pillow when it smells musty or looks dingy?
Who doesn’t love cuddling with the kids or pets on Sunday morning in bed? What about curling up with a book or the newspaper in bed? A new pillow that provides the support you need gives you a lot more comfort in your bed. You will feel better when you know that your pillow is fresh and isn’t contributing to your allergies. Your bed will be inviting and the place to be when you have good pillows.
Your pillow contributes more to your sleep than you realize. The type of pillow you purchase is absolutely your choice. You know when your pillow isn’t doing its job. Washing your pillow won’t help it provide better support so that you wake up feeling rested. Shopping for a new pillow is just one of those things that seems to get put to back burner, even though you know that experts recommend you replace your pillow for better sleep. Start taking care of yourself and your health. Buy a new pillow to enjoy a good night’s sleep.