How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows? (And Why I Love a New One)

How Often Should You Replace Your Pillows? (And Why I Love a New One)

I have a few little quirks which only those very close to me are aware of but as we’re friends right? I thought I’d share with you too. Not in a weird tell me yours, I tell you mine sort of way, it’s more of a have you thought about doing this type conversation, but in a think about it, I love a new one, and when you read a little bit more, you may or may not be wondering if it’s time to replace your pillows

So this quirk, if you could call it that, is I have a pillow preference. I am very particular about where I lay my head to rest at night, and given the opportunity, I will take my own pillow away with me. There you have it, now you know, I can’t bear the thought of sleeping on a pillow which a 100 or so other people have probably drooled all over. See when you say or read that fact out loud it makes perfect sense!

I’m a pillow fuss pot and I’m not afraid to say it.

Each January I buy new pillows for myself and my family, starting afresh and seeing the new year in dribble, dust mite and sweat free! I’m not trying to gross you out, the reason I’m sharing this little personal snippet is that right now is the perfect time to replace your pillows. There are some amazing sales on where you could get some great quality bedding for a fraction of what you’d spend any other time if the year.

I’m a side sleeper and like a supportive but soft pillow (told you I was fussy!) and with a little help from the pillow selector tool at  Sleepy People I’ve found this year’s perfect pillow for my needs. My husband prefers to scrunch up and mould his, so by choosing our own pillows, we’re both happy. Universal pillows have no place on our bed.

To preserve the life and for a little more hygienic preference, I always use pillow protectors (which I have been known to pack if taking my own pillow isn’t an option!) and on a bright Sunday morning I stack up the whole family collection and air them on an open window.

According to The Sleep Council you should replace your pillow every 2 years, while I’m on the over eager side, a study printed in the Daily Mail found that the average Briton went a full 3.2 years between pillows. It doesn’t bear thinking about the amount of dust mites along with sweat and drool it’s harbouring in those stinky beauties! (It’s recommended you replace your duvet every 5 years if you’re wondering)

So if you needed a reason to replace your pillows, ready for the year ahead, you now have one.

How often do you replace your pillows? Here's a little thought provoker for you;

 

p.s Sweet dreams x

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21 Comments

  1. Emma
    4th January 2016 / 7:18 am

    I have a memory foam pillow that I love but it’s definitely more than 3 years old!

    • 4th January 2016 / 1:51 pm

      tut tut Emma, lol! I’ve just got a new memory foam mattress which is themes knees for comfort so I can understand your reluctance to part with your pillow mind.

  2. 4th January 2016 / 10:23 am

    This is very interesting. i tend to change my pillows every 6 months as they always go flat and uncomfortable.

    • 4th January 2016 / 1:52 pm

      Thats another reason why I like new ones but I have found that the more expensive, quality ones don’t flatten so quickly.

  3. 4th January 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I have never thought about it, we probably do ours every few years and I tend to buy them in the sale too – and use protectors. Saying that I have just brought a new anti allergen pillow for Monkey which arrived today so he will have a new one tonight, thats his third pillow in 12 months! LOL 🙂 xx

    • 7th January 2016 / 6:49 am

      Lucky boy, My boys arent too fussy at the moment, they do love a comfy mattress though so thats next on my list as my middle one has started complaining.

  4. Miranda (Anosa)
    4th January 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I too am fussy about my pillows and always fight with MOH because his place has some not so great pillows. I need to replace mine even though I have them for less than a year.

    • 4th January 2016 / 9:57 pm

      maybe buy him some new ones for valentines day as a hint!

  5. 4th January 2016 / 7:58 pm

    I used to always need two pillows to sleep, but as I got older I need just one. I sleep on my side – alternating through the night! I must replace my pillow actually! Kaz x

    • 4th January 2016 / 9:56 pm

      i’m the same, i have 2 on my bed but end up throwing one off in the night

  6. 4th January 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I definitely need new pillows. I have joint/muscle and back issues so I need something that can support my frame.

    • 4th January 2016 / 9:51 pm

      i bet it would make a world of difference, I know it did for my husband

  7. Angela at Daysinbed
    4th January 2016 / 9:43 pm

    I’m getting a new pillow soon and really looking forward to it too. This time I’m trying out a memory foam one and cant wait for it to be delivered. 🙂 Angela

    • 4th January 2016 / 9:49 pm

      I’ve got a memory foam mattress which I love, i doubt ill ever go back to a spring one now.

  8. 5th January 2016 / 7:20 am

    I’ve started pushing my pillows away and sleeping flat on the mattress! We are DEFINITELY due some new ones. The 3yo included!

  9. 20th January 2016 / 5:37 pm

    I buy new pillows every year, sometimes twice, when I spot a sale going on. But I have one pillow that’s been with me since college. Now that I read your post, I realized that pillow’s been through 10 years of sweat and drool! Okay that sounds really gross! I can’t seem to get myself to part with it though!

    • 20th January 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Oh no! It sounds more like a comfort blanket than a pillow so I’m sure that outweighs any drool in terms of should you keep it.

  10. 25th February 2016 / 3:08 pm

    This is extremely intriguing. i tend to change my cushions at regular intervals as they generally go level and uncomfortable.

  11. susan
    13th September 2016 / 3:55 am

    I buy new pillows every year, sometimes twice, when I spot a sale going on. But I have one pillow that’s been with me since college. Now that I read your post, I realized that pillow’s been through 10 years of sweat and drool! Okay that sounds really gross! I can’t seem to get myself to part with it though!

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