Categories: Bedding

Is it Time for a New Pillow?

People will try many remedies and changes in order to get a better night’s sleep. However, few people think to look at their pillows when making sleep-related changes. Unfortunately, sometimes the simple solutions, such as replacing pillows, deliver the most immediate, not to mention beneficial results.

Michael Breus, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author states in a WebMD interview that “Pillows can not only impact the quality of our sleep, but also how healthfully we rest and recharge.”

The same WebMD article explains that sleeping on the wrong pillow can actually lead to worse headaches, numbness in the shoulder and arm, sneezing, general discomfort, wheezing, and neck pain.

Pillows you’ve been using too long may also contain a wide range of things that aren’t good for you, including:

  • Dead skin cells
  • Dust mites
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Fungus
  • And more…

How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows?

SleepBetter.org recommends replacing pillows every 18 months. However, some people find it easier to replace them annually as part of their traditional spring cleaning efforts. The key is to find a system that works best for you and to ensure that you’re not sleeping on the same old pillow for more than 18 months.

If you are having a hard time remembering when you purchased your pillows, it might be a good idea to replace them for good measure. However, Lifehacker.com offers a simple test to determine if your pillow needs replacing.

Fold the pillow in half. Squeeze out all the air. If the pillow springs back to its usual shape afterwards, your pillow is good to go. If it doesn’t, then it’s time to consider replacing it. The other test is the faint fragrance of mildew. Replace any pillows that have this aroma.

What Should You Look for in a Replacement Pillow?

Remember that replacing pillows isn’t always about getting a fresh new pillow that’s free of dust mites and other detritus. Sometimes, it’s about finding the pillow that provides the perfect amount of support for your sleep needs.

Material

Avoid pillows made with synthetic materials and petrochemicals. Natural latex pillows are an excellent choice. PlushBeds provides two free natural talalay latex pillows with each purchase of a natural latex mattress. These pillows are made with all natural ingredients, hypoallergenic, and built to last.

Design

Some pillows are built to accommodate side sleepers, while others are more suitable for people who sleep on their backs. Yet another area where natural latex excels is that these materials are designed to accommodate both. The key is to find a pillow that offers the right amount of support for your neck according to how you sleep.

If you find your pillow isn’t providing the right amount of support, you’re waking up sore and stiff in the neck and shoulders, or you seem to be stuffy in the mornings, look to your pillow for a quick fix and see if making this simple change doesn’t solve your problem.

Link to Us!

If you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog: [code]Learn More about Getting a Better Night’s Sleep with Organic and Natural Latex Mattresses at <a href=”https://www.plushbeds.com/blog/bedding/time-new-pillow/”>PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog</a>.[/code]

(Visited 55 times, 1 visits today)
Share
    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

    Recent Posts

    PlushBeds Memorial Day 2020 Mattress Sale

    Our PlushBeds Memorial Day Mattress Sale is now live! If you’ve been considering an organic or natural latex mattress, wait no longer, as prices for… Read More

    2 weeks ago

    Why It’s Important to Sleep on an Antimicrobial and Hypoallergenic Mattress

    We all want to make changes in our homes and lives to improve health and wellness. One thing many people… Read More

    4 weeks ago

    How to Avoid Health-Harming Chemicals in Your Mattress

    Did you know that many of the mattresses on the market today have chemicals in them? These chemicals can cause… Read More

    1 month ago

    Does Better Sleep Mean Better Grades?

    MIT professors conducted a study to see if there was a relationship between the amount of sleep students get and… Read More

    1 month ago

    Mattress Shopping: In-Store vs. Online

    The world of shopping for mattresses has evolved over the years. Once upon a time, you drove to a mattress… Read More

    1 month ago

    Sleep Tips For Healthcare Workers

    Healthcare workers and caregivers are at the front and center of all kinds of emergencies, large and small. They are… Read More

    2 months ago