Can you imagine how good it would feel to wake up every day feeling rested and refreshed? Feeling that you’re ready to take on the day – to take on every challenge and overcome every obstacle that stands in your way.

Imagine going home from work every day feeling totally refreshed – ready to enjoy your evening rather than simply recovering from your workday or falling asleep on the couch as your dinner microwaves… (and haven’t we all had that happen to us before?)

I want to ask you a question that might make you uncomfortable. It may make you squirm or even embarrass you. Are you ready?

When was the last time you replaced your pillows?

Did you cringe?

We all remember seeing photos in our high school biology textbooks of the little critters that live on our pillows. Little critters so small they can’t be seen by the naked eye. EWWWW!

How often should you replace your pillow?

A quick Google search reveals that pillows should be replaced every six months to two years. When was the last time you replaced yours?

Besides the “ew” factor, there are other reasons to replace your pillows. Obviously, if you are not sleeping well, maybe your pillow has flattened, and your neck and head are not aligned correctly at night. Regardless of the reason, there are probably very few people who replace their pillows as often as they should.

Part of the reason you may be suffering with a critter-covered, lumpy pillow every night is that it is difficult to pick out a pillow. There are tons of different options – – how do you pick the right one for you? Here are some things to consider.

Pillow Filling

Down

Down feathers have “soared” in popularity within the last decade and for a good reason. Down pillows are light and fluffy. They shape to your head easily and can be downright cuddly.

Synthetic/Polyester

Unlike down pillows, polyester fiberfill can be cheap cheap cheap! This makes replacing them every six months a little less painful. They are also easy to clean.

Memory Foam

Just as the name suggests, memory foam retains its shape. It doesn’t clump and offers great head support. The magic of memory foam is that it reacts to temperature and pressure to create its shape. Memory foam pillows also come in shredded foam versions.

There are other considerations when purchasing a pillow. Just like sheets, pillows come labeled with thread counts.  Should we care about this number? It is something to keep in mind even if most people cover their pillow with a pillowcase. One thing to consider is that pillows with higher thread count may keep the stuffing inside a little better and may prolong its life.

One of the most important factors when purchasing a pillow is the loft or thickness of the pillow. The best loft for you can be determined by your body size, pillow placement, and whether you sleep on your stomach, back, or side. There are pillow loft calculators online to help you determine the best pillow thickness for you.

Another one of the major factors of purchasing a pillow involves cost. Pillows range from $5 to over $100 dollars! Before shelling out big bucks for a super expensive pillow, make sure you know the store’s return policy. How disappointing would it be to buy a deluxe pillow only to discover it causes pain in your neck!

Regardless of which type of filling you chose and whether you prefer flat or thick, it’s a good idea to pop the pillow in the wash every so often. Just follow the directions on the care label. Then rest easy that the little critters living on your pillow have been removed – at least for one night.