But, it seems that we are reticent when it comes to life of our pillows. We become attached to our pillows, far more than we do the mattress that supports our body or the duvets that envelopes our body – the first signs of wear and tear, or stains, and we invest in new bedding and mattress.
It seems that our pillows, which we should replace every 6 months if we do not wash them, are not replaced as often as needed; research shows that 5 years is the norm but some people confessed to not having had a new pillow in ten years…
However, like other materials and products, the more you paid for your pillow, the more likely it is to withstand the test of time. Cared for correctly, pillows can last:
- Feather pillows: 8 years
- Down pillows: 5 years
- Synthetic pillows: 6 months to 2 years
Hence, when people say that they have not renewed their pillows, it seems the majority are talking about synthetic filled pillows.
So, if you have washed it (getting rid of dust mites and debris), how do you know you pillow needs replacing?
- Feather or down pillow
Placing the pillow on a flat surface, bend it over and squeeze all the air out of it; if, when you let the pillow go, it unfolds and spring back in to shape, it means there is enough structure left and the pillow is still good to use. However, if it stays deflated and crumpled, time to go pillow-shopping…
- Synthetic filled pillow (polyester, hollowfibre, microfibre)
Once again, place the pillow on a flat surface and fold it in half. Place a weight on it – around 300g or a decent paperback book will do. If, when you take your hand off the weight off, it unfolds, springs back and knocks the weight off, then the pillow has enough strength and structure. But again, if the pillow stays folded and nestles the weight, this is not the sign of a good pillow – even if it is your favourite, and it has been your best pillow for years, the time has come to assign it another role and get a new one.
A new pillow can – and will! – make all the difference
Many people complain of waking with an aching or sore neck, sore shoulders or even that their usual fitful night’s sleep seems to have turned into a disaster zone, they still do not think their bedding, especially their pillow, could be to blame.
Wool bedding, including pillow, duvet and mattress protectors are becoming ‘fashionable’ as more people realize the true potential, once again, of this sustainable product. With great structure, strength and integrity, why not give a wool pillow and bedding a try?