It’s that time of year, when we feel the impulse to deep clean and freshen up the house. But something we often overlook are the pillows on our bed. Resting Your head on a pillow for 6-8 hours a night means a build-up of skin cells & body oils, not to mention a little morning breath. Washing pillows every six months & adding a protective cover between the pillow and pillowcase can lengthen their lifespan, but eventually it’s just time to get new pillows!
Properly cared for feather pillows can last up to 3-4 years, but other pillows should be replaced every 12-18 months.
Signs that it may be time to replace your pillows:
- You experience neck & shoulder pain
- You wake up tired or with headaches
- You’re experiencing allergy symptoms & extra sneezing
- You’re constantly re-fluffing your pillow
- Pillows are lumpy or misshapen
- Pillows have permanent stains from sweat or body oil
- Washing your pillows no longer gives them that fresh look and feel
The National Sleep Foundation also recommends replacing pillows as an important step in quality sleep. And if you’re overwhelmed with what type of pillow to buy, take a look at our Pillow Guide to help you choose the right pillow. Here’s to a good night’s sleep!
PILLOW SIZING GUIDE
Do you find pillow sizing confusing? You’re not alone! Here’s a guide for choosing the right pillow size for your own bed:
Standard Pillows – the smallest pillow measures 20” x 26” and are typically found on twin or double/full beds. When two are put side by side, they fit perfectly across a double/full bed.
Queen Pillows – these mid-sized pillows measure 20” x 30” and when two are put side by side, they fit perfectly on a queen bed.
King Pillows – the longest pillow length measures 20” x 36” and when two are put side by side, they fit perfectly on a king bed.