4 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Pillow

4 Signs That It's Time to Replace Your Pillow

It's a sad fact of life, but every object in your home will wear out eventually. That's why we replace our underwear and socks, right? But what about something like your pillow? The truth is that pillows wear out over time too. And while it might not seem like this is such a big deal—what does your pillow really do for you other than support your head at night?—the truth is that there are actually many reasons why you should change or upgrade your current pillow when the time comes. In fact, here are several signs that indicate it's time to buy a new one:

Your pillow starts to look worn.

When your pillow starts to look worn and lumpy, it's time to replace it. Typically, pillows should be replaced every 1-2 years, depending on how often you use them and how well you take care of them. If the pillow is unevenly filled or flat in certain areas, that's another sign that it needs replacing.

You're waking up with allergies and sinus issues more often than usual.

If you're waking up with allergies or sinus issues more often than usual, it's likely that your pillow is to blame.

Pillows can accumulate mold and other allergens over time that can cause respiratory problems, which can lead to increased allergies and sinus issues in people, especially those who already have them. 

You're breaking out.

In addition to allergies, an older pillow can cause skin breakouts too, especially for those who have sensitive skin. It's important to remember, our pillows endure our sweat, drool, and facial oils on a nightly basis. A buildup of these can quickly and easily clog your pores! 

You wake up with a stiff neck or have frequent headaches. 

If you wake up with a stiff neck or frequent headaches, it's time to change your pillow. Why? Because the way we sleep can affect our health in many ways. And one of those ways is by not getting enough deep sleep--which means that if you're waking up with a stiff neck or headache, then there's likely something wrong with how your body is being supported during sleep. 

Pillows should be supportive but not too firm or too soft. You should have a pillow that is the right height for your body type and sleeping position so that it supports the natural curve of your neck while keeping it aligned with the spine.


Pillows are not made to last forever. They will wear out over time, and it's important to replace them before the effects of this wear become noticeable. It's not just about comfort and convenience; it's also about your health. As we've discussed, there are many ways that a poor-quality pillow can affect how well you sleep at night--and these effects can be felt in other aspects of life as well!

If all seems lost and you don't know where to begin, start by checking out Our Pillow Collection. From the fully customizable Fomo Pillow to the beauty-inspired Skyler Pillow, we're bound to have a pillow for you.

The most important thing is that you make sure whatever choice you make is right for YOU; after all, there is no one size fits all solution when it comes down to finding comfort in bedtime rituals.


Sleepenvie is a Canadian online mattress-in-a-box and bedroom lifestyle brand that focuses on customization, convenience, and charitable contribution.

We make the mattress-buying process easy by delivering it directly to your door in one easy-to-handle compact box. We strongly believe in customizability, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. An easy one-minute quiz matches you to the ideal mattress for your lifestyle and sleep habits.

Check us out online at www.sleepenvie.com and on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest at @Sleepenvie. Sweet dreams!

Back to blog

Leave a comment