Almost everyone has heard a mattress should be replaced at least every 8 or so years, but not as many people realize that it’s important to change pillows regularly too. Sleeping on the same pillow for too long can cause a lot of problems. Here are some reasons why pillows should be replaced, or at least cleaned, often.
Sleeping on an old pillow can cause major neck problems. Most older pillows don’t have as much spring as they used to. Less spring means less neck support. Pillows also tend to get matted down even further while in use, so if a pillow doesn’t feel as supportive as it needs to be, Restwell Mattress staff suggests you purchase a new one.
Pillows can harbor a lot of allergens and dust mites. A lot of people are allergic to dust mites and don’t even know it. We’ve found that those with severe allergies benefit at least a little from buying a new pillow. We recommend pillows be replaced at least every 3 years, if not more often. Those who choose to wait the 3 years should clean their pillows every few months.
An old pillow can cause snoring or exacerbate snoring problems. Because older pillows aren’t usually as supportive as they need to be, they can make kinks in the airways and cause snoring or make snoring louder. Snorers should purchase new pillows before looking at other options to fix a snoring problem.
Few people know about the kinds of chemicals that can be found in pillows. Quite a few pillows are made with some flame–retardant chemicals to prevent them from easily catching on fire. These chemicals aren’t concerning to some consumers, but those who are sensitive or worried about chemicals may want to purchase pillows free of these possible toxins. High-quality wool is naturally flame retardant, and we often recommend it as an alternative to other pillows.
Pillows are prime real estate for fungal spores. Because of the slightly moist environment that can be created while sleeping, pillows are especially prone to fungus and fungi spores. Fungus can sometimes be detrimental to good health.
Pillows probably aren’t the first culprit people think of when they’re battling an acne outbreak. However, old pillows harbor germs, bacteria, and dead skin cells, all of which can be the clog pores and lead to acne. Not only can sleeping on an old pillow cause acne, but it can also make existing acne worse. Keeping pillows clean and replacing old pillows can prevent some skin issues.
Pillows can be the source of a lot of problems. Neck pain and snoring can be caused by old pillows, and old pillows can also harbor allergens, dust mites, fungus, and chemicals. A clean, new pillow can be the cure. A mattress store in Bloomington, MN is a great place to find the right pillow.
7835 Southtown Center
Bloomington, MN 55435
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