It is true. I don’t know how I do it, but I go through pillows more than any one person should. In fact, I Googled it. According to those who apparently know, you should be able to get two-three years out of a synthetic pillow (more for down), but in my bed I don’t think I even make it a year before the pillow bites the dust. And I don’t think the dip in my mattress where I sleep is normal since my husband (who is bigger) has a smaller dip than I do!
I don’t think I am an unreasonable pillow user. I like a modest pillow, a little fluffy and a little firm. Not so soft my head floats to the bottom, but not so firm as to cause a crick in my neck. I buy reasonably priced pillows. Nothing fancy, after all I have never seen one that lasts, but I try to go with name brands on sale. But they just don’t last.
Of course, I have no idea what type of mattress we have. It is comfy and pillow top, and we bought it when we moved into the house 5 1/2 years ago. I am sure it is not a fancy mattress like a ComforPedic mattress or Simmons Beautyrest Black, but it does the job. Except now I have a dent… (Which part of me wants to blame on pregnancy (2 1/2 years ago), maybe the extra belly weight combined with terrible night sweats killed it. I don’t know, but even that doesn’t answer my 2x a year pillow replacement.)
Do I secrete some strange pillow/mattress killing oil? Or do I abuse pillows by sleeping mainly on the corners? I choose synthetic vs down because of allergies, and for the same reason have a special dust mite cover on my pillows and still… they go kaput. I thought perhaps the special cover would help, but alas… the same results as not having a cover. (Although I have noticed my allergies might be a bit better with the cover…)
So I have killed another pillow, and I back on the hunt for a replacement. To me the worst part about replacing the pillow is the waste of throwing away an old pillow… It makes me sad. I did read a suggestion about making old pillows into dog beds to donate to a local dog shelter, so I might look into that.
What about you, how long do your pillows last? And do you have any suggestions of what to do with old pillows?