How often should you change your pillow?

Like a mattresses people put little or no value or importance on a pillow in creating a great
night’s sleep. Your head needs a bed too.
What you lay your head on can affect not only how you sleep but how rested you feel when
you wake.

The correct pillow will reduce the risk of neck pain. It’s believed that for every inch
difference in the loft of your pillow, you are putting 20 pounds of pressure on your neck.
People come in all different shapes and size, we all sleep in different positions. A properly
fitted pillow works together with your mattress to significantly improve and maintain
posture alignment and sleep comfort.

So how often should you change your pillow? Ideally a less expensive pillow should be
changed roughly every 6 months while better constructed pillows offering optimum support
have a lifespan of 18-24 months.

So before going shopping, the first step is to identify which position you sleep most in.

Stomach Sleepers,

Stomach sleepers should try sleeping without a pillow or depending on the individual a very
thin pillow. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended as it puts significant stress on
the lower back.

Side Sleepers,

Measure the gap from the ear to the end of your shoulder and depending on your size and
weight this will determine the thickness and firmness you require.
For better spine alignment you can also try placing a pillow between your knees

Back Sleepers,

If you find yourself sleeping on your back, you should consider a thinner pillow. This will
ensure your neck is not being tilted too far forward.
Do you need a new pillow, why not book a free fitting with our in house chiropractor today.
Phone the Sleep on 090 64 50603 or 086 0846501
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