How often should you change your pillows?

Many sleep experts recommend replacing a pillow every one to two years. Why? The key purpose of your pillow is to support your head and neck while you sleep, so that you don’t wake up with neck pain or stiffness. Pillows, like mattresses, deflate and lose their ability to be supportive over time. Different fillings do have different durability, natural down and feather pillows last longer than polyester filled pillows for example. Eventually though, all pillows will lose their shape and need to be changed.

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Pillows also absorb body oils, dead skin cells and can attract dust mites (yuck!) Regular washing every six months can extend your pillows lifespan. Check the care label on your pillow for washing instructions. Foam pillows can’t be washed however. See our Guide to cleaning your pillow.

So, how do you know when it’s time to change your pillow? Is your pillow still doing its job? Do you wake up with neck pain or stiffness? Try these tests to check if you need to replace your pillow:

Down & feather pillows - Do you have to constantly fluff it up so that it supports your head?

Foam & synthetic pillows - Has the filling gone lumpy and clumpy?

Has your pillow gone flat?

Does your pillow still feel that it supports your head and neck?

If you fold your pillow in half does it stay folded?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it is time to treat yourself to a lovely new pillow!

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Pillows aren’t really recyclable but instead of throwing your old pillows away, think about donating them to an animal shelter. Unless you have a pet of your own who would love a new bed!