You’ve probably heard this tons of times: older pillows are less supportive, and can lead to back and neck aches. But that’s not our central concern today.
According to the Sleep Council in the UK (how one gets on that council is another worthy topic altogether), up to a third of your pillow’s weight could be made up of bugs, dead skin cells, dust mites and their carcasses and faeces.
Your pillow is basically a sponge that absorbs your bodily fluids, and kept at an ideal temperature by your warm body lying on top to allow said pests to multiply – it’s as good a breeding ground as it gets!
A dirty pillow can cause acne, infections, or trigger allergic reactions or asthma. Even if you change your pillowcases regularly – as these nightmarish buggers are still living in your pillow.
Pillowcases should be washed every week – that’s pretty much common knowledge – but your pillow itself should be washed at least once every 3 months. And as much as we understand the emotional attachment we all grow to have towards our pillows, unfortunately, experts recommend that they should be replaced every 2-3 years.
Buying a new pillow
Get the right fit
Your pillow should fill the gap between your head and shoulders when you lie down.
This also means your sleeping position matters. For instance, if you sleep on your back, get a pillow fluffy enough to lift your head and chin for easy breathing; if you sleep flat on your tummy, get a soft, flat pillow to keep your head level.
Choose a suitable stuffing
Down pillows are the fluffiest and most plush to sleep on, but if you need firmer support, you might want to opt for foam pillows instead.
Different types of stuffing also have different lifespans, which is something you might want to factor in when considering cost.
By Pinky Chng, April 2016