How to Tell You Need a New Favorite Pillow

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Even the most loving relationship must sometimes come to an end. That’s particularly true for pillows. How can you tell if your favorite pillow needs to be put out to pasture? Here are some signs:

  • Is your pillow lumpy? If so, that’s a bad sign. Set your pillow on a flat surface and check it out. If it has lumps, then you might need a new favorite pillow.
  • Does your pillow pass the fold test? For pillows filled with natural down, fold the pillow in half and then let go. It should at least slowly regain its normal shape. For synthetic down, the pillow should spring back quickly and with at least a little force. It’s harder to tell with memory foam pillows. Press on the middle with your hand. It should give, but not all the way to the bottom. When you remove your hand, the pillow should return to its normal shape. If your pillow can’t pass these tests, then you might need a new favorite pillow.
  • Try to remember when you bought your pillow. A pillow should be replaced every 18 to 24 months. If your pillow is older than that, then you might need a new favorite pillow.
  • How do you feel when you wake up? If your neck or back hurt, then you might need a new favorite pillow. A mattress topper, which llies on top of your current mattress, may also be something to consider.
  • Do you frequently wake up and have to re-adjust your pillow in order to get comfortable? If so, then you might need a new favorite pillow.
  • Check for signs of odor, mold, and mildew. If any of these are present, then you DEFINITELY need a new favorite pillow.

If you’ve decided you need to end your long-term relationship with your pillow, be sure to read our article on how to pick your new favorite pillow.

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