7 Things you probably didn’t know about your bed
Your bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture you’ll ever buy, but how much do you know about it?
From design to who you share it with, there’s a surprising amount to know! –
1) Your mattress might have been designed 150 years ago
The basics of bedding have been the same for centuries.
The coil spring mattress, still the most popular, was first patented in 1865. Although mattresses have been modified since to include memory foam and other technologies, the basics of coil spring mattress design haven’t changed much in 150 years.
2) It’s probably the most used of all your furniture
Most people spend about a third of their lives in bed. Thus it’s likely you’ll spend more time on your bed than any other item of furniture in your home.
People spend about eight hours each night asleep in bed on average, in addition to the time spent in bed reading or waiting to sleep. That’s far more time than you’ll spend at the sofa, working at your desk or relaxing in your favourite chair throughout your life
3) You’ll probably share it, but not just with your partner!
Over time, both visible and invisible pests can move into your bed and mattress, often in the thousands!
Dust mites are a particularly common bedroom pest. Although they aren’t quite as prevalent as many people think (and they don’t, contrary to popular belief, cause your mattress to double in weight) they’re a common sight in many mattresses.
Although you’ll always share your bed with something, there are ways to reduce the risk of unwanted pests moving in. Keep your bedroom free of dust and make sure its humidity level is low to discourage dust mites moving in.
4) Not making your bed could prevent bed bugs
From childhood, most people are instructed to make up their bed every morning. While making your bed definitely looks better than leaving it unmade, it might not be the best way to discourage bed bugs.
Bed bugs are more likely to move into a bed that’s tightly tucked and shielded from the outside. This is because bed bugs are blinded by bright light and prefer to move around in the darkness provided by a duvet or blanket.
Although the risk of developing bed bugs is fairly low, this unusual fact is a highly convenient excuse for those that prefer to leave their bed unmade – or just forget about making it – every morning.
5) It’s really worth investing in
Although there’s no need to pay thousands for a high quality bed, it’s worth investing in something good for a very simple reason: you’ll spend more time in your bed than in anything else, save for perhaps your shoes.
Instead of spending more than you need to on a car, which you’ll only spend a few hours inside each day, or another luxury item, set aside a slightly higher budget for your bed and mattress. Over time, your back and joints will certainly thank you.
6) You should switch mattresses every 10 years
Over time, your mattress will collect dust, dirt, sweat and other elements from the air in your bedroom and your body. This, along with regular wear, makes it worth replacing your mattress every 10 years.
While it’s important to replace your mattress once it’s aged and worn out, there are a few ways to improve its performance and extend its lifespan. Clean your mattress regularly with a vacuum and upholstery attachment and turn it every three months.
7) If you struggle to fall asleep, it might be to blame
You should take about 15 to 30 minutes to fall asleep, assuming you’re feeling tired. If you frequently take longer, your bed – more specifically, your mattress – could be keeping you awake.
The firmness of your mattress and the level of support it offers both affect the way you sleep. A mattress that’s too firm, too soft or simply unsupportive can keep you awake at night due to discomfort, making it a good idea to switch it for a new one.
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