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Pillows are one thing we generally forget about and tend to keep for too long. We also take for granted the good they actually do. A pillow is there to act as a support for your head and neck whilst you are asleep and so that you wake up without any pain or stiffness.
if you suffering from any of these pains it could also be having an effect on your sleep pattern. Pain interrupts your deep sleep brainwaves which help your body to replenish and restore resulting in a restless night’s sleep.
What pillow is right for me?
There are so many different types of pillows on today’s market and it may be difficult to identify the right one for you. If you sleep on an unsupportive pillow your body can find itself in an awkward position causing your upper body to experience tension, this can eventually turn into a tension headache. When choosing a pillow some people prefer natural fillings, some synthetic or even a combination of the two.
It is recommended you choose a pillow which allows your shoulders and spine to be aligned as if you were in a standing position whilst you are in your normal sleeping position.
If you sleep on your back most people say a thin pillow is preferable and allows their necks to keep straight, if however, you are a side sleeper you may prefer something thicker which will keep your head from tilting towards your shoulders.
When should I replace my pillow?
In general, a pillow needs replacing approximately every 2-3 years, however some may find they need to replace theirs sooner. If any of these sound familiar to you it may be your time.
- Lumps and bumps in the material
- Becoming Misshaped
- Feeling flat or losing their height.
Another reason to replace your pillow is the dreaded dust mites. Pillows are a perfect breeding ground for mites and with your face being in contact with your pillow all night, they can easily cause allergies and irritate asthma sufferers. Ways to prevent or get rid of dust mites are
- Washing pillows in hot water and with a mild detergent with help get rid of any existing dust mites.
- Putting your pillow in the freezer.
How can I prolong my pillows lifespan?
- Make sure you wash your pillow at least every 6 months.
- Add a pillow protector between the actual pillow and its case this can offer a protective barrier against dirt and oils. (Make sure this is also washed regularly)
- Plump your pillows every day to prevent any sagging and keep the filling spread correctly.