Ah, pillows. Is there a more comforting feeling than resting your head on the soft, cloudlike support of a fine pillow? Do we encounter any other sensation so dreamy on regular basis?

We’re very fortunate to have pillows, but unfortunately, they don’t last forever. After enough nights holding up our tired heads, pillows lose their oomph and need to be replaced. Here are some signs you need a new pillow.


Neck Pain’s the Name of the Game

The major hint you need a new pillow is waking up consistently with a tired or sore neck. If you aren’t getting the poof you need from your pillow, your neck will probably let you know. Oftentimes when our neck hangs at a strange angle at night, the next morning (and day) may include some serious pain in your neck.

If you do wake up with neck pain reliably, you should look to test your pillow’s fluff and firmness, barring other explanations for the pain.


Bring Your Pillow into the Fold

The go-to measure of pillow integrity is the fold test. Bend your pillow in half and hold it for about 30 seconds. If it stays folded or has difficulty returning to form when you release, that’s a good sign its time for a new pillow.

Even if it does return to form, pillows are sinks for dust mites, dead skin cells, pollen, and other allergens. So whether or not your pillows are structurally sound, you should still look to replace them every 2-3 years.


When you do decide you need a new pillow, be sure to stick with all-natural organic materials. You can find these – either latex or memory foam varieties – from Brentwood Home, an industry leader in handcrafted bed supplies. Check out their wedge pillows for casual, comfortable relaxation!

Written by Lillian Hammah

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