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Extending the life of your mattress

Rotate your mattress once every two weeks.

For a mattress to wear out evenly, you need to rotate it periodically or every three months at best. However, for a new mattress, you need to rotate it end to end once every two weeks for its first four months. But, make sure doing so complies with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Consider a mattress topper or protector.

Consider using a mattress topper, cover, or protector if you want to keep your mattress fresh and stain-free for a longer time. Aside from preserving the good condition and extending the life of your mattress, these mattress accessories also make a mattress extra comfortable.

Through time, bodily fluids can also end up being absorbed into the fibers of a mattress. But with the use of mattress toppers, covers, and protectors, this can be prevented. Breeding and buildup of dust mites, bed bugs, and certain allergens into your mattress will also be prevented.

Make a “NO Jumping on the Bed” rule.

Though jumping on the bed looks fun and exciting, especially for the young ones and the young at heart, it’s a big no-no in extending the life of a mattress. Jumping, walking, or standing on a mattress will only damage the inner springs, foams, or components of the mattress.

Clean and vacuum it at least once a month.

By cleaning your mattress, along with the linens and beddings, you’ll be able to ensure that no bodily fluids like oil or perspiration can soak into your mattress. Make it a practice to lay on your mattress only when you have bathed already to keep it clean and fresh-smelling.

It’s also best to wash and replace sheets and other bedding that comes into contact with your skin at least once a week. For your mattress, once a month vacuuming will do. Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress. Wait for 20 minutes. Then, vacuum it to nix smells.

Taking good care of your mattress benefits you as well. As you take steps to care for and extend the life of your mattress, you’ll also create for yourself a healthier environment for sleep. Win-win!

Let the light in occasionally.
Every month or two when you have a sunny and dry day, strip your mattress and let the sunlight in to air out the bed for several hours (though if bedbugs are possible, leave the cover on).This helps prevent excess moisture both from sleepers and humidity, and may also help keep dust mite populations in check.

Sleep tips

Stick To A Sleep Schedule
Compensating your lost sleep during the weekdays, with a late wake up during weekends might seem tempting, but not the best solution. Creating a routine sleep pattern of fixed time to bed and up, could be a stepping stone towards healthy sleep.

Choose the Best Mattress and Pillow.
Your mattress and pillow should keep your spine neutrally aligned as you sleep. Spinal misalignment triggers back pain, neck ache, and muscle stiffness. To sleep comfortably, choose a high quality mattress with the ideal firmness level suited for your body type and sleeping position. Our furniture experts at Techniek & Design Plaza, can help pick the best one for you.

Avoid Caffeine and Other Sleep Disruptors Late In The Day.
Caffeine is a stimulant and should be stopped 4 to 6 hours before bedtime. You should reduce the intake of caffeine, including tea, coffee, soft drinks or chocolates by afternoon.  Caffeine possesses the tendency to delay the timing of your sleep/wake cycle disrupting your sleep pattern and resulting in insomnia. These effects will minimize your total sleep time.

Exercise During The Day.
Research has proven that people with a inactive lifestyle, when started exercising a few times a week noticed a drastic improvement in their sleep patterns. Basically, sitting the whole day on a lousy chair increases the tendency to decrease metabolism and increased symptoms of depression and sleepiness. Try and do some regular exercises before bed to get a night of good sleep.

Keep Your Bedroom Dark
Our brain is conditioned to sleep when it’s dark because our circadian rhythm regulates the body’s internal clock. Circadian rhythm is influenced by natural light. Bright lights prevent the secretion of the sleep hormone melatonin. Insufficient or delayed onset of melatonin disrupts sleep. Keeping our bedroom dark promotes melatonin secretion, necessary for a good night’s sleep.

Set Your Bedroom Temperature Within the Optimum Range.
Our body temperature fluctuates throughout the day. It peaks in the afternoon and gradually drops at night. Setting your bedroom temperature so that it’s comfortably cool (mid 15 to low 21 degrees Celsius) keeps it in sync with your body temperature at night and prevents sleep disruption. Having a fan or Air conditioner in your bedroom can help you set the right temperature.  Ask one of our home comfort experts at Techniek & Design Plaza to know which one suits your space best.

Take a Warm Bath or Shower Before Going to Bed.
Taking a warm bath or shower before bed causes your body to heat up, and once you step out of the bathroom, your body naturally cools down. This process of cooling can help to prepare your body for sleep. Our water heaters will get those chilly showers up in seconds and gives the perfect hot temperature.

Practice Meditation Or Yoga.
Yoga and meditation help in calming our senses. Yogic exercises and positions promote rest and relaxation through meditation.  The practice is used to get a quality sleep by many people who suffer from several sleeping disorders and insomnia. Yoga focuses on alleviating stress, anxiety and increases feelings of calmness.

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A short yoga class by Angela, tips on bedding and how to extend the life of your mattress.

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