Monday, July 21, 2014

PILLOW TALK


The pillows that cradle my head each night when I go to sleep are five years old. You are supposed to change them out once a year because those creepy crawly dust mites can infiltrate the entire pillow and begin causing problems. But... my pillows fit the contour of my head like a good hat... and give me a peaceful night's rest. So I've kept them, refusing to discard them, at all costs. One of the biggest problems I have... is when I spend the night somewhere... other than home. I am not a happy camper. I have trouble adapting to the pillows there and can't sleep... usually because they are too soft. I hate soft pillows. And feather pillows. They make me miserable. Beyond miserable. I feel like I'm being smothered by fabric. I toss and I turn flat against the bed. I like my head to be elevated, at least two pillows high. I want them to be somewhat firm. But not too much. I realize getting new pillows is probably a good idea, after all this time... But the thought of surrendering my headgear, is a bit daunting. What if I can't find something to replace the ones I have?  Especially the comfort they bring me. There are so many choices available. What if I pick the wrong one?


 How do you test drive a new pillow. You can't really try it out, like a mattress and box springs, can you? How do you deal with this dilemma?  When was the last time you replaced your pillows?




18 comments:

Paula said...

I hang on to my old one and take it with me if I spend the night away from home. I guess those dust mites in it have become my friends.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Like you, it's been awhile since I changed pillows. I won't change until the ones I have no longer work. There have been times I run them though a cycle in the dryer with a sheet of downy to freshen them up. When I had a clothes line I used to hang them out on the line in the summertime. A good pillow is hard to find.

Cindi said...

wash my old ones, over and over. its been about 3 yrs since Ive bought new pillows. Recently we stayed at a hotel...had the best sleep ever, so I wrote the pillow info down, searched around...the hotel pillows cost a fortune. $88 a piece. I said, I will just wash them again, until theres nothing left...lol

RoeH said...

I never use other people's pillows. I always take mine wherever I go. And I DO need new ones. :)

Lucy said...

You sound exactly like me as far as pillows. I can not sleep on strange pillows. When we used to drive on vacation we took our pillows with us. ours says washable but what if they ball up and I have to break in new pillows? I use a lot of Fabreeze. I think JOE LAYS ON MY PILLOW AFTER I GET UP AND SINCE HE HAS HAIR HE USES HAIR STUFF LIKE BRYLCREAM. Jack brylcream is expenseve or any other so maybe your style is the best.

betty said...

I need a new pillow, but haven't gotten one yet for the exact same reason you mentioned here. It fits me perfectly and I don't want to have to break in a new one. I am like you; I don't like too fluffy/soft of one. If you happen to find one that you like, let us know!

betty

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

As they say: "You been lookin in my closet, girlfriend". I've been dreading having to shop for new pillows which I desperately need. I'll stay tuned for your commentators suggestions.

Lori said...

When we were out of town a couple weeks ago, I told Thomas to remind me to replace our pillows when we got home -- and not to spare the price! I really loved the pillows at the hotel. They were perfect for me. I haven't done it yet, but I'm going to! I like at least two pillows too. I have to have my head and a bit of my chest elevated or I feel like I'm suffocating. It's pretty much a leap of faith to buy a pillow, isn't it?

Ellen in Oregon said...

I take my own pillow with me everywhere. It took years to find the right combination which is a firm gel foam one topped with a good 50% goose down/50% feather. I force myself to fluff & plump every morning. I actually do have a bad dust mite poo allergy, so I have pillow protectors all my pillows. !0 mins. in the hot dryer kills off the allergens too.
Worst pillows I ever tried was one of those buckwheat torture pillows - way to noisy. The most expensive pillow mistake was a $100 memory foam - hard as a rock & never did soften-up like they claimed it would.

Mevely317 said...

So glad to know I'm not the only one holding on! Mine started life kinda firm, but are pretty beaten up from being twisted and mangled into that 'just right' configuration. Just spare me from feeling smothered by these big old marshmallow type pillows with the cunning promises.
Heck, what mites I don't see don't bother me much! :)

jack69 said...

The old ones we hung onto for as long as possible, probably 12 yrs. Have tried to replace them at least 5 times, nada. I wish you could test drive one.
These last ones were perfect, wonder does that mean for 12 yrs? hahahahaha

I can relate dear lady!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I've had mine for probably 3 years. I guess it's time for new ones! Thanks for the reminder. May it's those dust mites that are waking me up too many times during the night.

~mel said...

I have a hard time finding the "just right" pillow too and dread the thought of buying new. I toss mine in the washing machine though and into the dryer for a few minutes ~ then out onto the clothesline to finish drying. Love LOVE LOVE sleeping on a freshly washed pillow. Dear Hubby's pillow though is a feather pillow. I can't stand it! That one I fluff and air outside but haven't ever tried washing it. I'm afraid of it bursting in the washing machine. He's due for a new one but fights me on the subject. One day he's going to go to bed and it's going to be gone. I'll just "tell" him I tried to wash it and it burst and now he has to buy me a new washing machine. lol Think my plan will work?

Red Rose Alley said...

Taryterre,
Oh my gosh, you're supposed to replace your pillows every year, I didn't know that! I can really relate to this post because I love my same 'ole pillow, and whenever I get a new one to replace the old one, it's never the same. I don't like a pillow that's too soft, and it has to be a little firm for me. You got me thinking now, and it's time to get some new pillows. haha.

Have a great day.

~Sheri

Carol Z said...

Can't give you an answer. I have allergies and I change my pillows every year. Usually buy cheap ones, but I was thinking of making more of an investment this year for the sake of my tired neck. Of course that puts me in the same predicament, how do I pick a pillow?

JOHN said...

hold on to the old ones just incase

Back Porch Writer said...

I keep my same pillow until the umphhhh leaves it. Usually my neck/shoulder let me know. By now, when I shop for one, I kindof know what thickness and fluff factor it has to have. I have a memory foam right now. I change the pillow cases often. I hope the dust mites don't get in there. lol

Barb said...

New pillows are my nemesis - my pillow is way too old, but I can't bear to part with it. If we travel by car, it goes with me. If I travel by plane, I have a small pillow I pack. I don't like using other people's pillows.