WHEN DO I CHANGE MY BEDDING ?

Many of us forget that our mattresses are the most utilized piece of furniture we own. In fact, if you sleep eight hours a night, in one year you'll rack up 3,000 hours on your mattress. After 10 years, you'll have logged 30,000 hours on the same bed. Listed below are a few hints that indicate it's time to start thinking about renewing your sleep surface.

Mattresses

When to change: Every 8 to 10 years. Vacuum monthly, turn every 6 months.

Why: According to Sleep Council, we excrete half a pint of moisture every night- enough to attract dust mites. The skin scales we shed provide a constant source of food for them. The average bed contains more than ten thousand house dust mites (resulting in over two million droppings), according to Allergy, UK. This can trigger a hypersensitive reaction in those with a genetic disposition to allergies - causing hay fever, asthma and eczema.

How can I tell if I need a new mattress?

  • You bought your current mattress over eight years ago.
    The average life span of a quality mattress is eight to ten years. Hush recommends that you change your mattress every 8 years. Mattresses older than that suffer from deteriorating comfort features and diminished support capabilities.

  • You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to sleep.
    Most consumers wait too long to replace their mattresses. If you don't wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated - or if you feel any pain or discomfort - you've definitely waited too long.

  • Your spine should look the same when you're lying down as it does when you're standing up.
    When selecting a mattress, keep in mind that your body should be able to relax, with your spine supported in its natural curve.

  • The couch feels more comfortable than your bed.
    Concentrate on the feel of your mattress. Do you feel coils or bumps? Your body needs a smooth comfortable sleep surface to get a regenerative night's sleep. Your mattress should enable you to sleep through the night with minimal tossing and turning.

  • Your mattress looks like your grandmother's mattress.
    Inspect your mattress regularly for sags and imprints. If your mattress appears uneven or worn and frayed, maybe its time to start shopping. The upholstery layers in all mattresses compress over time. For optimal performance, be sure to flip your mattress occasionally to extend its durability and renew its comfort. If you "inherited" your mattress from a family member or friend, chances are you need to replace it now.

  • You've taken your mattress for granted.
    Mattresses are the most used yet most ignored piece of furniture in the house. Pay attention to your mattress. Do you hear creaks and groans? Do you notice the surface sags or indents in certain areas and not in others? The condition of your mattress may come as a surprise, once you take a close look.

Pillows

When to change: Wash every 3 months or replace every 6 to 12 months.

Why: After just six months, ten percent of your pillow is made up of dust mites, dust mite faeces and sweat, says the Pillow and Duvet Association. When inhaled, this dust mite waste leaves people more susceptible to asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis

Duvets and Sheets

When to change: Wash duvets every six months. Launder bed linen weekly.

Why: A study by the University of Worcester revealed some duvets harbor dead and live dust mites, skin scales, eggs, pollen grains and stains - including body fluids - and all contained traces of house dust mite allergen, bacteria and fungal spores. These can cause symptoms of asthma, rhinitis, worsen eczema and cause conjunctivitis.

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