Although you may not be aware of their expiration dates, you’ll need to replace most items around your home at some point. Your bedding is no exception. If you haven’t recently thought about the main elements in your bedroom, perhaps you should. To boost the quality of your sleep and enrich your life, here’s a guide on when and how to replace your bedding.
If you have been using your mattress for over 10 years or you’re waking up with aches, it’s time to shop for a new one. The type of mattress you use determines its durability. While a latex mattress lasts for about eight years, a memory form will serve you for approximately seven years and an innerspring lasts for an average of six years. There are several different signs you need a new mattress and should be on the lookout for one. These include loss of the ability to bounce back, sagging and the presence of lumps. To get started, ascertain the size of your bed, do some research and decide on the essential features you want. Before making a purchase, you should try the mattress out in the showroom and inquire about trial and return periods.
It is advisable to change your pillow every year or two because they tend to absorb hair, dead skin cells and body oil, becoming a conducive environment for allergens. However, some may last much longer due to their high quality and the material used to make them. You should also wash a pillow every six months and insert a protective cover between it and the pillowcase. Consider replacing your pillow if it has lumps or fails to spring back when folded in half. Other indicators include waking up with a stiff neck or experiencing more acne breakouts. Choosing the right pillow may be dependent on your allergies or preferred sleeping position.
Sheets and Bedding
Ideally, you should make a point of regularly replacing your bed sheets every two or three years. Obvious indicators of a worn-out bed sheet include yellowing, thinning and fading. You may also notice changes in your sleep quality. A higher thread count does not necessarily translate to exceptional quality, so when purchasing new sheets, watch out for the type of cotton, weave and ply. Opt for sheets manufactured using long-staple cotton for longer durability. You can extend their lifespan by investing in two sets, observing protective washing techniques and storing them properly when not in use.
Consider the durability of the bedding you use and watch out for indications of wear. Even more important, when you go to bed tonight, assess your bedding’s performance and rate your own comfort.
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