You Probably Need a New Pillow – Here's How to Check

Tech Insider—February 26, 2016

Reporter Rebecca Harrington explores one of the everyday things that people may not know about – when you need to buy a new pillow.

She speaks with Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, who references a study on this topic that, "suggests that the pillow that 'feels the best to the touch' may not provide the best sleep experience. The reasonably firmer pillows are actually better."

Even the firmest pillows will start to sag over time, and should be replaced when they begin to lose their firmness. Dr. Sandhu recommends paying attention to how you feel when you wake up in the morning, don't dismiss your own discomfort.

"If one notices increasing morning headaches, neck stiffness, or daytime fatigue, take a very close look at the pillow and think about replacement time," he says.

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