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7 Effortless Tips to Make Your Bed Sparkling Clean

7 Effortless Tips to Make Your Bed Sparkling Clean

When people complain about not being able to sleep, the solution is often the mattress. Manufacturers recommend that you replace a mattress every eight years, but beyond the age of the mattress, other issues might affect your sleep.

For example, you might need a different firmness level, which is adjustable on some beds. Allergies and unclean mattresses also can affect your ability to sleep. If you are in pain, you will not sleep well. Most people don’t realize that they can take simple actions to ensure their mattress is in the best shape for the best night’s sleep.

Here are some tips.

1. Know the bed’s structure

Just like humans need a good body to support its weight and cars need a frame to function correctly, mattresses must fit their frame correctly.

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When they extend past the frame or are too short, the mattresses won’t work, and you don’t get a good night’s sleep. Buy mattresses and box springs together so they work hand-in-hand. Know your bed frame size and your room size.

Many manufacturers offer frames as part of the deal. Mattresses need center support or slats to expand the full width of the body so it fits just right.

2. Move the mattresses

In the spring and fall, you should turn your mattresses, so you don’t sleep on the same section all the time. This prevents wear and tear on the mattresses and keeps you from sleeping on sagging in the middle.

Turn the mattress near the headboard and point it toward the bottom of the bed. Adjust it so it fits snugly on the box springs. This takes some effort, but it is worth the effort.

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3. Turn it upside down

You also want to make sure you continually flip the mattress. Like the turning, it makes sure you are not sleeping on the same section of the mattresses all the time. It extends the life of the mattresses.

However, some are not able to be flipped. Some have a blank side. Others, such as pillow-top mattresses or futon beds, that aren’t recommended be flipped. Before flipping your mattresses, make sure the manufacturer recommends it.

4. Get a trampoline

Instead of allowing your children bounce on the bed, you should invest in a trampoline for outdoor play. They also come in indoor varieties that are not as dangerous or high.

These are more effective in giving children the opportunity to bounce and play. It also saves your mattresses and your children. Jumping on beds is harmful to the mattresses, and it will damage box springs. It can also damage the frame of the bed so make sure that there is no bouncing.

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5. Vacuum before flipping or turning

There is a reason why it’s known as spring cleaning. You have to clean. Mattresses are not any different from other items to clean. You need to vacuum the mattresses prior to flipping or turning them. This gets the dust from the mattress, which

You need to vacuum the mattresses prior to flipping or turning them. This gets the dust from the mattress, which otherwise leads to dust mites. It also gets rid of dead skin and crumbs. Mattresses will last longer and smell better when vacuumed regularly.

6. Remove stains prior to vacuuming

Again, you want to clean your mattress prior to flipping or turning it. Use cleaner dedicated to upholstery on the mattresses. This shampoo will remove stains that have accumulated over the last six months. Make sure you adhere to the instructions on the bottle because otherwise, you might harm the mattresses. Don’t forget to let it dry before putting on sheets or vacuuming.

This shampoo will remove stains that have accumulated over the last six months. Make sure you adhere to the instructions on the bottle because otherwise, you might harm the mattresses. Don’t forget to let it dry before putting on sheets or vacuuming.

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7. Buy encasing material

To prevent allergens from getting on the mattresses, allergy doctors recommend that you encase mattresses in materials that block dust mites, bacteria and other organisms.

Dust mites feed off these organisms and dead human skin. The encasement material doesn’t allow those to infiltrate the mattresses. Encasement materials also are available for pillows and blankets. Synthetic-fiber materials also work to prevent allergens.

By following these simple practices, you can keep the bed in its best condition, which will make your mattresses last longer and give you a better night’s sleep. However, fixing the mattresses won’t do anything about the overweight issue or the pain in your back. For those, you might want to try exercise or massage therapy.

Featured photo credit: Brit + Co via images.britcdn.com

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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