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7 Signs It's Time To Buy a New Pillow

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Good morning! It's time to rise and shine and embrace another incredible day - that is after you've gotten over your morning congestion, taken something for that agonizing neck-ache, and downed a massive cup of coffee as a remedy for your overwhelming exhaustion.

Do you remember what it feels like to wake up feeling warm and well-rested? If it has been a while since you've had a truly good morning, it may be time to consider buying a new pillow.

Do you know how to determine if your favorite pillow is past its prime? Keep reading to learn the seven simple signs that it's time to invest in an Easy Breather pillow from Nest Bedding. 

1. Your Pillow Has Expired

Do you know that tag on your bedding that you're not supposed to remove under penalty of law? When it comes to pillows, it might be a good idea to hang onto the tag for a while. Many consumers don't realize that pillows, particularly polyester pillows, often include a pillow expiration date.

Different types of pillows have different shelf lives, and even the coziest ones will expire eventually. On average, pillows with synthetic filling expire after a year. Pillows with down fillings last a little longer, expiring after two or three years.

Your pillow isn't like a carton of milk, so don't feel like you need to throw it away the day it reaches the printed date. Even so, it's a good idea to pick up a new pillow at your next opportunity.

2. Your Pillow Has Changed Colors

When is the last time you've changed your bedding? The next time you remove your pillowcases, take a moment to assess the look of the pillow underneath. If your once-white pillow is looking a little yellow or brown, it's time to toss it and invest in a fresh one.

Discoloration is often caused by a combination of sweat, drool, or wet hair. The more discolored your pillow appears, the more likely it is to be harboring mold or bacteria that can make you sick. It's a good idea to replace your discolored pillow before you wake up with the sniffles.

3. Your Pillow Has Lost Its Loft

A great way to tell if your pillow is doing its job is to assess your pillow loft and shape. There are two quick tests that you can try to determine if your pillow is past its prime.

First, push your hand into the pillow and watch to see if it springs back. If it does, you're still in great shape. If it goes flat and stays that way, it's not providing the support that you need to get a good night's sleep.

Alternatively, fold your pillow in half and watch to see if it springs open again. A pillow that remains folded is not doing its job and has lost its loft for good. If it springs right back into shape, however, you're good to keep on snoozing.

4. Your Pillow Is Full of Lumps 

Does your pillow feel like it's full of matted cotton balls? If you've got a pillowcase full of lumps and bumps, that's a sign that your pillow's filling is starting to decay. This can happen to synthetic and down pillows, and it's a sure sign that you're no longer getting quality neck and head support while you sleep.

As soon as you notice your pillow's innards separating, it's a good idea to consider options for new pillows, like a foam-filled Easy Breather Pillow from Nest.

5. You Don't Remember Buying Your Pillow

If you've been sleeping on the same pillow for so long that you can't remember when or where you bought it, it might be time to consider a replacement. Even the highest quality luxury pillows have a ten-year maximum lifespan, and that's pushing it! If your pillow's tag is too faded to make out an expiration date, assume that it's past its prime and start shopping for a new one!

At Nest, we realize it's easy to get attached to a favorite bedmate, and it can be difficult to say farewell to a favorite pillow. When replacing old pillows, we suggest choosing the highest quality options available, like an Easy Breather Natural Latex Pillow. That way you won't have to say goodbye anytime soon!

6. Your Pillow Has an Odor

It's easy to become nose blind to an odor that you take in every single night for hours at a time, but be honest with yourself. If a whiff of your pillow reveals an unpleasant scent, imagine what it is that you're breathing in!

More often than not, the strange odor in your pillow is due to dead skin and excess body oil. It may also be the result of mold or mildew caused by moisture, including sweat, wet hair, or your saliva. Whatever the cause, when your pillow starts to smell, it's time for a brand new one!

7. You Wake Up Feeling Worse 

How do you feel first thing in the morning? Do you wake up sneezing or congested and slowly clear up throughout the day? Do you have a headache or feel unrested multiple times per week?

If you wake up from a full night of sleep and you feel worse than when you started, odds are good that your aging pillow is the culprit. Sneezing and congestion are often caused by invisible dust mites or slowly spreading mold. Headaches, neck pain, and exhaustion mean your pillow has lost its loft and it's beginning to affect the way you sleep.

You deserve a good night's sleep and a positive start to your day. If you're not getting that, a pillow swap is probably in order.

Grab a New Pillow, Wake Up a New Person

Why are you hanging on to your flat, lumpy, discolored, uncomfortable, mold-riddled pillow when you can be sleeping like a baby on a pristine pillow from Nest Bedding? A new pillow isn't just an indulgence. It's a purchase that can improve the way you sleep and the way that you feel when you pop out of bed every morning.

If you're ready for a life-changing replacement pillow, Easy Breather pillows from Nest Bedding can provide you with customizable comfort. Browse our selection of luxury pillows today and you'll finally wake up refreshed tomorrow.  

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