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How do you know when to replace your pillow - is it the backaches, the neckaches, or the springiness of the pillow? How do you know?

It's difficult how to tell when to replace your pillow. Many 'experts' on the subject say that pillows should last between 1 and 3 years. I don't know about you, but my pillow has never lasted more than a few months - then again, I've never splurged and paid over $100 for a 'quality' pillow. I could never justify throwing out a pillow after a few months if I had spent so much money on it. So how do you know when to replace a pillow?<br><br>The general rule for pillow replacement is when the pillow becomes thin or lifeless. The pillow no longer regains it's volume when you remove your head from it. It no longer has any springiness to it. Basically, if you fold your pillow in half - it should 'spring' back into place. If the pillow doesn't jump back into it's original shape, or takes an extended amount of time to slowly unfold itself - it's time to replace that pillow.<br><br><br>Sometimes, your pillow may still be springy but you're still getting headaches, backaches or you've recently started having these symptoms. If this is the case, and your pillow is relatively new, then you may have the wrong type of pillow.<br><br><br>When it comes to purchasing pillows, take into effect your [ best sleeping position] pattern. Do you sleep on your side, on your stomach, or on your back? Today, many major retailers carry pillows that are specifically suited for side sleepers, stomach sleepers and back sleepers. While the pillow may not seem like your 'usual' pillow, it doesn't hurt to try the pillow out for a month. If you're already having neck pains or back pains, then you won't be losing out if you try their back sleeper pillow, especially if you sleep on your back.<br><br><br>While replacing your pillow, it's also a good time to look for pillows that repel allergens or dust mites. Allergens, dust mites, pet hairs and more can all deter from your nightly rest, so it's always a good idea to search for a pillow that repels these. Today, bamboo has become a great catch-all. Cloth made from bamboo is especially resistant to dust mites and other allergens. Of course, bamboo is also surprisingly soft. It may be a few dollars more for a special bamboo pillow, but you're doing yourself a favor in the long run.<br><br><br>So if it's time to replace your pillow, don't buy the cheapest one you can find. Even if you spend only $25-$30 on your pillow to get a specialty pillow for back, side or stomach - you're still better off than buying that 2 pack for $5.

Source: Personal Experience