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Is it time for a sleep makeover?

November 11, 2021 - By Lucy Johnston

With a good night’s sleep linked to everything from physical health to mental wellbeing, it stands to reason that your sleep environment isn’t something you can simply set and forget.

After all, sleep habits change over time, as does your body, while even the most expensive mattress won’t last a lifetime.

But how often should you revamp your sleep environment and consider a sleep makeover? Well, let’s peel back the sheets on the average lifespan of the critical items in your bedroom.

Your mattress

The lifespan of a mattress depends on its quality, but on average they require replacement about every seven years, with the best mattresses lasting about a decade.

Of course, there are also factors that impact that lifespan such as your sleep position and weight, mattress care, its quality, and the materials used.

As a pro tip, you can potentially maximise the lifespan of your mattress by ensuring you:

  • Undertake routine mattress cleaning
  • Use a mattress protector
  • Invest in a topper
  • Adhere to manufacturer care guidelines

Your pillows

Experts recommend your pillows should be replaced every one to two years. And there’s a couple of reasons for this.

Regularly replacing your pillow ensures it offers the right support to protect against aches and pains, and allows for the best possible sleep.

Meanwhile, pillow replacement is also about ensuring the item you rest your head on each night is clean and free of allergens.

Generally, most people know when their pillow needs replacing. You might wake up with a sore neck, or perhaps struggle to find a comfortable sleep position.

If your pillow is yellowed, lumpy or sagging, that’s a sure sign it’s ready for replacement too.

Your quilt

Your quilt is likely to have the longest lifespan of all your bedding, especially if you look after it by airing it regularly and washing it when required.

In fact, a good quality quilt can have a lifespan of 15 years or more.

Signs your quilt might need replacing include wear and tear, or lumps and bumps that prove hard to shift.

Your sheets

When it comes to sheets, they should be washed weekly and replaced about every two years, but some sheets have longer lifespans than others.

If you’re looking for longevity in your sheets, opt for natural fibres, consider the thread count, and rotate your sheet sets regularly.

Time for a makeover?

It’s important to remember, your sleep environment should be comfortable, relaxing, and conducive to rest.

If it’s not, it’s a key sign a makeover is required. It’s also worth appreciating a good night’s sleep is an investment in your health, so if your sleep environment’s not up to par, then fixing the problem should be a priority.

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