Let’s be honest, how often do you think about replacing your pillows? “Not too often,” is what most people would answer. That’s a mistake: According to sleep.org, you should be tossing them out every one to two years. “Pillows that are environmentally friendly with allergy covers can last longer,” says Elizabeth Trattner AP DOM, Doctor of Chinese and Integrative Medicine. Also, stop to consider that a pillow more than two years old is one-third dead skin, dust mites, and bugs. Plus, if you’re waking up with a stiff neck or a backache, there’s a good chance your pillow is responsible. Here are some more telltale signs that it’s time to go pillow shopping.
You get about ten years before you need to go mattress shopping, according to consumerreports.org. “Mattresses now have special allergy covers as well, which can extend the lifetime of a mattress,” Trattner adds. But she warns that if you feel like you’re sinking into your bed, it’s time. The ten-year time frame also depends on what your mattress is made out of, how well its been taken care of over the years, and how old you are. Here are some definite signs it’s time to invest in a new one.