When should I change my pillow and bedding?

How often should l replace my pillow and or bedding?

Having a good pillow will help support your spine and back. It is important that you look at the quality of your pillow and check that the cushioning it provides is still supportive enough for your head, neck and spine. Most pillows should be changed after a year or two. This is because of the oils and skin flakes have come off your body onto the pillow. Dust mites as well as bacteria such as mould and mildew can make these pillows a living germ. Hence washing and drying your bedding regularly will help to keep them clean and free of allergens. You should wash your pillow and check for signs that it is still providing you good head support. With a polyester pillow a good test is to fold it in half and put a shoe on top. If the pillow unfolds, then it is still in good shape. If the shoe doesn’t come off, it may be time for a new pillow. Experts suggest that an old pillow can cause problems with a persons neck and spine. A good quality pillow should be replaced every 2 to 3 years. You can also purchase special pillow covers that zip up. This will mean your pillow is encased or sealed completely, also stopping dust mites and allergens from creeping in. These pillow cases zip up completely and can help keep the pillow in longer lasting condition.