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When is it time to replace your pillow

Like your mattress, your pillow is an investment in high-quality sleep, which pays dividends across your waking life. If you’re using a five- or six-year-old pillow, you’re not getting the support you need—and you’re not sleeping as comfortably as you could. And we all know that having a good sleep at night is essential for our mental and body health. 

Some of you who sleep with bad and old pillows can wake up in the morning feeling sore in the muscles, break out skin, and have allergic reactions. This could happen because you have an old pillow that needs to be replaced. An old pillow can accumulate dust mites, pet dander, fungus, and mold. People with allergies can easily give you a runny nose, itchy skin, and irritated eyes when they are in contact with the pillow.

Sweat, drools, and face oils can seep through your pillows and create a yellowish stain. These are the substances that can clog your pores and trigger your breakouts. It can be prevented by frequently washing your pillow and pillowcases and replacing your pillow when necessary.

Old pillows tend to lose their original shape and become saggy or flattened. When you sleep with saggy or flattened pillows, they lose their ability to support your head and neck while you are sleeping. This is why you wake up in the morning feeling sore on your neck or back and even on your shoulder. If all of these situations happen to you every time you wake up in the morning, it is time for you to change your pillows.

Depending on its materials, the age of your pillow can differ. Some can be used up to 3 years and some can only last for 6 months. As soon as your pillows pass their prime age, you have to replace them with new ones. These are the suggested time for every pillow's material according to the sleep foundation website.

Latex Pillow: This pillow should be replaced every 2 to 4 years. For the best maintenance, hand washes it with warm water and a mild detergent every 2 to 3 months.

Down/feather: Down/ feather pillow should be replaced every 1 to 3 years and washed every 3 to 6 months. The easiest way to tell if you need to replace it is when you fold the pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back to its original shape.

Polyfoam: Polyfoam pillow can last up to 2 to 3 years before it needs a replacement. To maintain its longevity, wash it with a gentle detergent every 2 to 3 months.

Memory Foam: Similar to polyfoam pillows, memory foam pillows need to be replaced every 2 to 3 years and hand washed with gentle detergent every 2 months. 

Polyester: This pillow is the least durable pillow and can only last 6 months to 2 years. Wash it on a gentle cycle using the washing machine with mild detergent and cold water.

Down Alternative: This pillow can last up to 1 or 2 years before it started to lose its ability to support your head and neck. For the best maintenance, wash it on a gentle cycle using the washing machine with mild detergent and cold water.

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