I blame all sorts of things like too much time on the computer, stress, a change in workouts, and my pillows. Yes, I even blame my pillows. At the end of the day, I don’t think my pillows are to blame. But I did some extensive research just to be sure: I Googled and Binged “How often should you change your pillows?”
The information I got gathered is rather disturbing and totally unrelated to my neck injury.
According to the Sleep Foundation:
“Pillows house thousands of fungal spores which can trigger allergies and compromise a weakend immune system. Research shows that synthetic pillows held a greater amount of bacteria than feather pillows – one study found that synthetic pillows had as much as five times more dust-mite fecal matter than feather pillows.”
So, not only can a pillow affect your posture and quality of sleep (critical for so many reasons including workout recovery), but it can also affect your allergies or asthma and make it very difficult to get a good night’s rest.
Ok, back to my original question: How often should you change your pillows? According to Prevention, you should replace your pillows every year. Here’s why:
“Hair and body oils will have soaked into a pillow’s fabric and stuffing after a year of nightly use, making it a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria and allergy-triggering dust mites.”
Other articles say change your pillow every 1-2 years.
Good ole Heloise says if you can fold your pillow in half and it stays like that, it’s time to change your pillows.
I say, if you can’t remember the last time you bought new pillows, do it now.
Now I really must get off my computer and go see my chiropractor…sleep tight and don’t let those bed bugs bite!