A: When sleeping on an old mattress you tend to toss and turn as you are not comfortable, which means that you don't get as much quality sleep as you should. Sleep deprivation can lead to many health issues, one of them being stress. One of stress's main symptoms is headaches. So yes, sleeping on an old mattress could indirectly lead to headaches in the morning. To find out more check out our blog post - Why do I wake up with a headache?
A: Generally it is recommended to replace your mattress every 8-10 years. The reason being that your mattress could at this stage not provide you with adequate support anymore, which could lead to sleep deprivation. Your mattress also absorbs dead skin cells, bodily fluids and serve as a breeding ground for dust mites. Therefore it is recommended to replace your mattress at least every 8 years due to hygienic reasons as well. This timeframe can vary though, depending on how well you look after your mattress and how often you rotate your mattress. Have a look at our blog post with some tips to keep your mattress clean
A: When we sleep we sweat and shed dead skin cells. This all gets absorbed by your mattress through the years. Dust mites live and breath in our mattress and feed on these dead skin cells. These little critters are the cause of allergies and breathing problems in many people. If you would like to minimise your allergies, it might be a good idea to invest in a mattress protector! To find out more about why you should get a mattress protector, read our blog post - Why should I buy a mattress protector? :-)
A: When buying a new pillow it basically comes down to what type of pillow you prefer and which type of pillow you need? Different sleeping positions require different types of pillows. To find out more please see our blog post - How important is the right pillow? This will give you an indication on when to replace your pillow and more importantly how to choose the correct pillow to suit your sleeping style.
A: Choosing the correct mattress is no easy task as you need to consider your personal preference as well as your individual needs. Choosing the wrong mattress could lead to sleep deprivation, aching joints, backache and so much more. If you are not comfortable in your bed you will have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. This, in turn, will lead to sleep deprivation which has many negative effects on your body. If you suffer from a backache or joint pain you could consider a mattress with a memory foam or latex comfort layer, as this layer will then conform to the shape of your body and offer pressure point relief and ensure that your spine is correctly aligned throughout the night. So, the type of mattress you sleep on could definitely have an effect on your general health and well-being.
A: There are many ways to keep your mattress clean and hygienic. These include a regular vacuum, washing your sheets often and even using baking soda to get rid of odours. To find out more click through to our blog post - Tips to keep your mattress clean.
A: Any type of pain in the morning could be the result of many factors, such as your daily activity, disease, injury and then, of course, sleeping on the wrong mattress or pillow. Ideally, your spine needs to be properly aligned when you sleep and even sleeping in the wrong position, such as on your stomach, could cause back pain, as your head is tilted to the side and in turn, puts strain on your spine.
So, the first step would be to determine if your mattress is the culprit causing your backache? Sleeping on an old, too firm or even a too soft mattress could mean that you are not getting adequate support for your spine during the night. An easy way to determine if it is, in fact, your mattress, would be to spend a couple of nights at a friend or family members place that has a guest room with a proper bed. If you wake up with exactly the same aches in the morning, it could be something else that is causing the back pain. It would then be a good idea to consult with your doctor or chiropractor on this issue.
On the other hand, if you actually slept through the night and your back feels better in the morning than it usually does, it is, unfortunately, the time to invest in a new mattress. If this is the case you might want to read our buyers guide to get some tips to help you through the process of buying a new bed.
A: Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep throughout the night, resulting in drowsiness and lack of concentration and productivity during the day. Insomnia can have many causes and could be affected by things such as certain activities before bed, sleep environment, diet, medications and general physical and mental health.
Common causes of insomnia could be:
General day-time activities
Sleep routine and activities before bed
General diet and beverages consumed
Medical conditions such as allergies, asthma, acid reflux, etc
Prescription and OTC medication
Stress & anxiety
Insomnia in itself is not really a sleep disorder but rather a symptom of an underlying cause. The remedy could be something as simple as cutting down on your caffeine intake. The cause of insomnia, therefore, differs from person to person and the only way to figure out what is causing your insomnia would be through a process of elimination.
You could start off by trying some of our sleep tips or even some of our natural sleep remedies. If by a process of elimination you still cannot figure out the cause of your insomnia, you might have to speak to your doctor.
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