Sleeping. Dreams. Woman portrait. Afro American girl in pajama is hugging a pillow and smiling, on a yellow backgroundMattresses undoubtedly play a key role in your sleep.  But while you’re shopping around and picking out the perfect mattress, pause to think about this other critical element of a good night’s rest: your pillow.

Pillows aren’t just a lump of feathers and fluff—they determine your sleep comfort and quality. 

A simple invention, yet a critical player in your sleep health –  sleeping with the wrong pillow can have serious consequences for your body. Continue reading to discover just how far this goes and when to know it’s time to replace your pillow.

How does my pillow affect my sleep quality?

When to get a new pillow

Out with the old and in with the new. Going off of the information above, it’s time to consider getting a new pillow when:

  • It’s been years since you bought a new one. The National Sleep Foundation recommends every two years.

  • You’re starting to feel allergies and sinus congestion on a consistent basis when waking up.

  • Your pillow has just lost its fluff or firmness.

  • You wake up with a sore neck or tight shoulders.

Man having insomnia laying in bed on pillow, looking up to gray cloud over his head

Is your pillow the reason you can’t sleep?

Choosing a good pillow is necessary to achieve a good night’s rest. There’s also plenty of specialty pillows, such as orthopedic pillows, that are worth considering as remedies for serious neck pain or sleeping disorders. If you think it’s time to upgrade your pillow that better suits your needs – talk to your chiropractor.