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6 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Pillow

As you know, it's important it is to get a good night's sleep. However, your sleep environment and your comfort affect the quality of your sleep. 

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An aging, uncomfortable pillow will make it much more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep through the night. But how can you tell when you need to invest in a new pillow? Here are six signs that your pillow needs to be replaced:

1. Waking Up With Neck Pain

As your pillow ages, it begins to break down and provide less support to your neck and your head. Without proper support, you'll have neck pain, back pain, or a headache in the morning.

If you find yourself consistently waking up in discomfort, it's time to swap out your pillow for a new one.

2. Your Pillow Feels Lumpy

Lumps indicate that the supportive material in your pillow is beginning to deteriorate and your head isn't getting enough support. If you're sleeping on lumps every night, it's time for a new pillow.

3. The Fold Test

Fold your existing pillow in half and hold it for about 30 seconds. When you release it, the pillow should regain its normal shape. If the pillow stays folded and doesn't spring back at all, then you need to replace it.  

4. Past the Expiration Date

Pillows usually expire after about 3 years, but they don't all last that long. Check the tag sewn into your pillow to find and check the expiration date. 

Once the expiration date passes, you'll begin to notice signs of wear. To avoid a bad night's sleep, it's best to replace your pillow soon after the expiration date.


5. Your Pillow Won't Fluff

If you have a feather pillow, you should replace it if you're fluffing it over and over again. Your pillow should comfortably support you without constant fluffing.

6. You've Had Your Pillow for 18 months to 3 Years

Over time, all pillows slowly become packed with dust mites, dead skin cells, and mold. If you don't use a pillow protector, replace your pillow every 18 months for a clean and healthy bedroom.

How to Choose a New Pillow


Side Sleepers

If you're a side sleeper, look for a gusseted pillow that cradles your head and your neck. A gusset is a piece of extra material that helps to strengthen the pillow and creates a "side panel." Choose a pillow that is as thick as the distance between your ear and outside shoulder.

Back Sleepers

If you sleep on your back, you may need a thinner pillow to keep your neck and head in the proper alignment. Look for a pillow that will give you extra support while still feeling soft and comfortable. Memory foam is a good choice. You may also want to use another pillow under your knees—this can help to relieve lower back pressure.

Stomach Sleepers

If you are a stomach sleeper, you may need a thin, soft pillow under your head—or you may even need no pillow at all. Sleeping on your stomach can put a lot of strain on the lower back. Try placing a pillow under your pelvis and stomach to help alleviate back pain.


The quality of your sleep affects your well-being and health. Visit Land of Sleep at one of our locations and find your new pillow with the advice of our sleep experts.New call-to-action

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