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
- 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 an ergonomic pillow that provides the perfect amount of support for your sleep needs.
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.
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.
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