Pillows provide cushioning and support for the head and neck, which can help you get a good night's sleep. Over time, they may develop problems that prevent you from resting comfortably and sleeping through the night. Here are some signs it's time to replace them. 

How to Tell When You Should Replace a Pillow

1. Loss of Shape or Structure 

After repeated use, pillows can become flat, requiring you to fluff them to ensure adequate support. In some cases, they may no longer have enough material to fluff up, causing you to sleep on a flat and uncomfortable surface. Additionally, if you fold them in half, and they do not spring back to their normal shape, this often indicates worn material that can no longer contour to the head and neck. Replacing them with plush products that hold their shape and conform to your body can promote support and comfort. 

2. Neck and Back Pain 


If you wake up with pain in your neck and upper back, your pillow may not provide enough support. When the fibers compress and break down, this can cause you to sleep with your head in a crooked or awkward position that causes the muscles in your neck and shoulders to become tense and tight. Replacing it with one made from durable latex or memory foam can keep your head and neck in alignment to prevent discomfort. 

3. Musty Odors and Breathing Issues 

Pillow fabrics and stuffings may absorb indoor allergens such as dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander. These particles can produce musty smells that diminish indoor air quality and interfere with your ability to sleep. 

Inhaling these pollutants overnight may also trigger sneezing, congestion, and asthma attacks. Getting new products made from hypoallergenic and antimicrobial materials can eliminate odors and promote easy breathing. Protecting them with organic cotton covers may prevent allergens from absorbing into the material. 

4. Expiration or Old Age 

Pillows have tags that include information about their materials and how to care for them. They may also include expiration dates, after which point the material may begin to deteriorate, lose its shape, and become saturated with allergens. Replacing them before they expire can ensure you have a supportive and sanitary surface. Generally, most pillows last about two years before they need replacing. 


If you need new pillows, get them from A1 Mattress. They provide comfortable and supportive bedding and mattresses tailored to the sleep needs of customers throughout Tucson, AZ. Call (520) 622-2204 to ask about organic and latex pillows in stock. Visit the website to learn how their custom mattresses can help you get a better night's sleep.