I always appreciate that the white sales start at the beginning of the year.  It is an easy time for you to remember that you bedding needs to be changed.  A pillow receives a great deal of wear and tear and accumulates a lot of dirt, skin and other allergens. 

You would be amazed at how much better you will sleep when you replace your pillow.  The big question is which pillow to buy.  That is a tough question to answer.  It depends on many things.  Do you need one with a great deal of support or that is designed for those who have a bad neck or back?  Then a memory foam pillow may be a good choice.  They now have ones that have a cooling pad added so you will not overheat. 

If you are a person who needs a pillow that you can crumple up and design to your specific design than a buckwheat pillow, my pillow or a shredded foam pillow might be what you need.  These pillows conform to a person’s specific needs so they can feel comfortable. 

If you do not have specific needs then you should buy a pillow designed for the position you sleep in most of the time.  If you are a belly sleeper or back sleeper your pillow may be flatter do you do not put too much pressure on your neck.  If you are a side sleeper you may want a higher pillow so you do not wake up with a kink in your neck. 

You may also want to look at replacing your mattress if it is over 10 years old.  Most mattresses are designed to last approximately ten years if you maintain it properly.  If you have had it for more than ten years you might want to consider a new mattress.  If you have an inner spring mattress this is the perfect time to rotate your bed.  You should flip it if it is a reversible mattress or at least rotate it 180 degrees so you change where the pressure points are on the bed.  This will help it to last longer. 

Sheets, blanket and other accessories should be changed as you need them.  But if you have an electric blanket or mattress pad this is a great time to inspect them to make sure there are no frayed wires. 

The New Year gives us a marker of when to look at our beds and our comfort.  Comfortable sleep should be a priority since it contributes to your health and to other resolutions such as weight loss.  A little time taken to look at your bedding can give you great results.  


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