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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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