4 Ways To Sleep Healthier By Maintaining Your Mattress
The average consumer pays around $600 to $1,000 for a high-quality mattress and around $1,000 to $1,500 for luxury mattresses. Having a decent mattress is important to achieve a good quality of sleep. Equally, it is vital to keep your mattress in a good shape to retain its optimal condition and provide support while you sleep or rest. According to Dr. Walker of UC Berkeley, “sleep is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body.”
Keep it Clean
One of the easiest ways to maintain the condition of your mattress is to keep it clean. Invest in a waterproof mattress protector to safeguard it against spills, dust, and dirt. With a fitted mattress protector, skin oils and sweat won’t seep through your mattress, which can lead to the growth of molds and dust mites. Studies show that mold and mites can have adverse effects on health, including skin and respiratory problems.
You should also change bed linen regularly and experts recommend changing them weekly or every two weeks. Doing this will avoid sweat, oils, and skin cells clinging to your mattress that will breed bacteria and dust mites. Your bed linen and mattress protector should also be washed at high temperatures to kill bacteria and mites.
Do Not Allow Pets
Even if you keep your pets well-groomed, they drool, shed cells, and hair just like humans do. These allergens can land on your bed and mattress. Your furry friends can even have the occasional accidents, which can ruin your mattress. To avoid these problems, make sure that Fido does not snuggle with you in your bed. If necessary, make your bedroom off limits to them and ensure that they have their own separate beds.
Air Your Mattress
If changing bed linen, use the opportunity to air the room and your mattress. Open windows and curtains to let the sun in and refresh your bedroom. It assists in drying out excess sweat or moisture that lingers on your bed. Furthermore, airing helps in keeping the mite population in check according to a Kingston University study.
Rotate the Mattress
Pretty similar to rotating your car tires, flipping your mattress promotes even wear that will help you sleep comfortably. If you are not doing this, your mattress is likely to develop uneven patches and will sink in some places contributing to poor quality of rest. Mattress rotation should be done every 3 to 6 months. If you go with a quality 2-sided flippable mattress, the ideal rotation would be to flip for 3 – 4 months, then rotate the next 3 – 4 months.
By following simple steps to keep your mattress in a pristine and good condition, you are prolonging its life and protecting your investment. It also ensures that you are sleeping on a clean, comfortable, and healthy surface.