You may have heard that you spend 33% of your day in bed. While spending 1/3 of your life sleeping makes selecting the perfect mattress important, have you given any thought to your pillow lately? So many sleepers forget about the pillow! It is just as important to support your head, neck and shoulders, as it is the rest of your body as you sleep.
How do you know when it is time to replace your pillow? If you wake up experiencing soreness in your neck or shoulders, you may need a more supportive pillow. Additionally, if you wake up tired in the morning because you had a rough night due to aches and pains, a new pillow could certainly help!
Do you know what position you sleep in- back, stomach, or side? It is possible to change positions throughout the night, which can effect proper spinal alignment. If you have been a stomach sleeper for years, it is also possible to become a back or side sleeper due to various life changes such as age, pregnancy, or injury. The height of your pillow plays a role in comfortable, restful sleep if you change sleeping positions. Each position requires a different height for maximum comfort.
You should replace your pillow every few years, but keep in mind that not all pillows are the same. While a higher quality pillow may be more expensive, it will certainly last much longer. Latex pillows last longer — about 3 to 4 years — than those made of other materials. Feathers and memory foam will only last a mere 18 to 24 months, if that, as the feathers flatten out and the memory foam breaks down faster the more you use it. Pillows with synthetic materials have a lifespan of as little as 6 to 18 months.
Attaining a pillow’s maximum lifespan requires maintenance. Invest in a washable pillow protector, preferably one that zips up, thus encasing the pillow. Additionally, always use a pillowcase. By using these two items, you will surely get the most out of your pillow!
Shovlin Mattress Factory carries BedGear pillows, a high quality, long lasting line. Stop by to be personally fitted for the pillow that’s right for your sleep position, age, and stage of life. Our caring team is here to assist you in getting the best night’s sleep possible.
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