Your pillow is more than a bedroom accessory, it’s your gateway to a good night’s rest. So how can you be sure it’s doing the best it can? And how often should you change it?

Every 6 months.

For polyester pillows, it’s recommended that you swap out your oldie with newbie twice a year. However, other pillows, like memory foam, can last up to 3 years. Just make sure you check the product’s expiry date.

But why should we swap out our pillows so often? Well, there are two big reasons that come up: hygiene and support.

Why do we need to change our pillows?

Hygiene

If you’re getting the recommended hours of sleep each night, that’s 2,920 hours (or over 120 days) where your head is making contact with your favourite ball of fluff. During this time, dead skin cells, body oils, and other dirt and fluids migrate from your body to your pillow. Especially during hot summers, when we sweat more than we’d like to. Ew.

So what does this mean for you? Well, oils, dust and dirt can contribute to blocked pores, while old pillows are also the perfect environment for dust mites. These critters are friendly neighbours, but their by-product (from a diet of dead skin) can be a real issue if you suffer from allergies or asthma – and even if you don’t, you could be increasing your chances of colds, acne, and skin irritations.

But even swapping out your pillow isn’t enough. You must ensure that you’re washing it regularly and following your pillow’s care instructions.

Top tip: Wash your pillow cases with hot water, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to freshen, whiten, and disinfect them.

Support

Even mountains wear away and change shape over time, so imagine what’s going on inside your soft pillow. Polyester has always been a popular choice for pillows, but its micro fillings do break down and warp. This leads to a lack of support and the formation of lumps – an unwanted obstacle to a comfortable sleep.

This change happens over a long period of time, so it’s hard to notice when your pillow doesn’t do the job it did months ago. However, you can test your polyester pillow with the fold test. Simply fold it in half and let go. A good pillow will spring back into its original shape. If it doesn’t? It needs to go.

This timeline of support is different with other types of pillows, like memory foam, which often come with guarantees of several years.

Top tip: Make sure you’re regularly changing your kids’ pillows, too. Their growing bodies need constant and effective support.

What type of pillow should I get?

Polyester

A polyester Pillows is filled with micro fibres that provide a soft yet secure support.

Pros Cons
Immediate comfort; cheaper than other types. Shorter lifespan; fibres can clump together.
Personal support; longer lifespan. Inelastic; can be too stiff.
Prevents build-up of moisture; hypoallergenic. Inelastic; can be heavier that other pillows.
Incredibly soft (depending on the percentage of down). Potential allergen; typically more expensive.

Great for tummy and back sleepers.

Memory foam

PURE FORM pillows are designed to mould to your body, giving your neck and spine bespoke support.

Great for back and side sleepers.

Feathers and down

Feather pillows have provided exceptional comfort for centuries. Their super soft filling is unbeatable, and the shape can be fluffed to a preferred shape.

Great for tummy and back sleepers.

The rate you’ll need to change your pillows will depend on what kind you decide to use. Either way, it’s important to keep its expiry date in mind and wash it when appropriate.

For inspiring ideas on personalising your sleeping space, check out our article on master Bedding Accessories and decorating.