There is nothing more satisfying than slipping into a comfy bed at the end of a hard day, and nothing worse than realising how long the night ahead will be when the mattress is lumpy and the pillows too flat. Fret not, help is at hand with tips on how to spring your bedroom from basic to beyond, so you can get back to forty winks.
By Kyle Fulton
Like your favourite jeans, mattresses wear out. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every seven to ten years. However, if signs of sagging, lumps or dents are visible replace them sooner.
- A mattress should be flipped over and rotated four times a year to ensure it wears evenly.
- Preserve a mattress from stains and spills by investing in a removable, washable mattress cover.
- Take your mattress to the next level and vacuum it with a deodoriser for added freshness.
Whether you like them fluffy, flat, stacked or scattered, a decent pillow is essential for a solid night’s sleep. There are three major fillings to choose from: feather down, memory foam and polyester fill.
Feather down – exceptionally malleable, down pillows gently embrace the head and neck. Choose those that have high ‘fill power’ as it indicates how plump and durable the pillow will be. Those with allergies should look for hypo-allergenic options.
Memory foam – returning to its original shape, memory foam moulds to your movements during the night. Often a good choice for those with neck problems.
Polyester fill – the least expensive option, polyester fill pillows provide adequate support but break down quickly to lose their shape.
- On average pillows should be replaced every two years.
- Feather down pillows accumulate fewer allergens than synthetic pillows.
DID YOU KNOW...
- Humans spend 1/3 of their life sleeping.
- The average person sweats half a pint of perspiration during the night.
- Parents of newborns lose six months of sleep in the first two years of their child’s life.
- You can’t sneeze whilst sleeping.
- Before alarm clocks, ‘knockers-ups’ tapped on client’s windows until they arose.
- Shining a bright light on the back of your knees can apparently reset the brain’s sleep-wake clock – good bye jet lag!
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