How Often Should You Change Your Mattress?

Aaaah! My bed. A place where I feel safe and secure, warm and comfortable. I can honestly say that if I was asked, I would class sleep as one of my hobbies, and my bed would be in my top five places in the whole world. And, I think this is due in no small part to the fact that I changed my mattress last year for a new one after more than 10 years of using the old one. I think it was not a day too soon.

Some people are very reluctant to change their mattress. They feel that it has become molded for their body and so this ensures they get a good night’s sleep. They love the familiarity of their old mattress, and worry they would not be as comfortable, and therefore sleep as well with a new model, particularly if you feel you will have to break a new one in – a bit like a pair of shoes. I have even heard people who didn’t want to change their mattress because of the trouble it would take to get it down the stairs and to get the new one up again. Thankfully, this at least can be addressed if you are tight for space with Rolled mattresses – one which is vacuum packed in order to get it up the stairs, it can then be rolled out as a normal mattress.

So, why should you be changing your mattress and how often? It has been suggested that, on average, your mattress should be changed every eight years. However, if you suddenly find you are not getting a good night’s sleep, or wake up feeling stiff and achy, then you may need to change it sooner. You also need to look at the state of the mattress – any rips, exposed springs, or odd dips in the middle (or anywhere else for that matter) may mean your mattress has come to the end of it’s days.

And then, of course, we have the bed bugs. We spend so much time in our beds, losing hair, dry skin, dead cells and these can all be absorbed by our mattress. If you think about it, we change our sheets regularly, but the mattress stays the same and is not washed (Febreeze doesn’t count!). Bed bugs and germs can all be there, unseen, and so it makes sense to change your mattress as suggested.

Ultimately, a good night’s sleep helps improve the quality of our life, improving our moods and productively. So if you are not sleeping as well as you could be, it might just be worth changing your mattress.

6 Steps to a Healthier You

If someone questions you about how healthy you are, can you give him or her the right answer? The truth is probably not with the reason being you are not sure if you are healthy on the inside. You may be healthy on the outside, but what about your inner body? Can you reallybe confident that you are both healthy on the outside and inside? However, whilst your body is not built to perfection, it can be managed for whatever lifestyle you may have for now.

Are you willing to do whatever it takes to become healthier? No matter what your age or profession is right now, you need to stay as healthy as you possibly can.  But this is often not the case. Here’s the reality check on why people are not valuing their health right now:

Reality Check #1: We do not invest in our health

It is ultimately our choice whether to become healthier or not.  And this effects whether we live longer or shorter lives. But modern life has many reasons why we  don’t invest in our health, with our monetary priorities focused on mortgages, bills, food, education and many other things. In other words, we have to to spend and invest on things other than ourselves. Yet we are only given one chance to live.

Reality Check #2: Prevention is expensive

People have limited financial capabilities when it comes to prevention. Instead of spending on prevention, we tend to spend on synthetic medication once we develop illnesses and conditions. But if you can’t afford prevention, can you really afford illness?

Reality Check #3: Too Many working hours for a quality lifestyle

In this era, people try to ignore health concerns for as long as they can. Long hours spent working per day, which can include overtime, working through lunches, and taking work home to burn the midnight oil, does not give the body a quality life. As a result, people are getting stressed and this can lead to cell degenerating, which, in turn can lead to you being prone to certain degenerative disease later on.

Reality Check #4: We can be too confident about ourselves

This is one big mistake that most of us assume about ourselves. Major and degenerative illnesses are something that happens to someone else. But if you are too confident about your health right now, think again. Your body is not perfect and no one is exempt from getting sick one day.

But it is not all doom and gloom and there are steps you can take to become healthier and more health conscious.

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Step #1: Get rid of processed foods in your refrigerator and kitchen

The first step that you have to do in terms of getting healthy is getting rid or eliminating the bad food clutter. In other words, you need to throw away processed foods that contribute to damaging your cells.

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Step #2: Never ignore supplementation

According to doctors and scientists, supplementation is a positive step on the road to being healthier. You can’t just simply rely on the foods you eat. The foods and drinks that you consume may not be enough to supply your cells with the right amount of micro-nutrients needed by your cells.  Choose a supplement that is designed for optimal cellular nutrition.

Step #3: Drink water everyday

Water is the healthiest liquid that you will ever drink. Instead of drinking carbonated soda, energy drinks and coffee, you can replace them with mineral or purified water. Water cleanses your cells from toxicity and can contribute to fat or weight loss. Try to drink between eight to ten glasses a day, and remember, some times when we feel hungry, we are actually thirsty and just need a drink.

Step #4:Exercise Regularly

Your body needs to have some sort of daily activity instead of just sitting on your couch and watching TV.  Aerobic exercises, cardio workouts, biking, walking, jogging, and dancing and so on, will all help your fitness levels. If you don’t have time to exercise in a gym or dance class, even doing household chores can help keep you fit and healthy. Cleaning, lawn mowing, using the vacuum cleaner and other household activities can do the trick. Just add your favorite music while doing these things.

Step #5: Better sleep quality

Finally, it is important that your body has quality sleep.  A good night’s sleep is around eight hours a night. Oversleeping regularly is not healthy and can lead to weight gain, as well as a loss of  productive hours. But a lack of sleep means your cells are not well-rested and given time to repair.

Follow these steps  for a better you?

Once you  follow these steps to a healthier you, there is no doubt that you feel the benefits in the long term. Being healthier should lead to a happier, more contented person, and this can only be a good thing.

Tips to help Nocturnal Mums to better sleep

When you become a parent, it suddenly becomes hard to remember what a good night’s sleep, a full eight hours, actually felt like. Feeding throughout the night, night’s full of tears, of teething, of croup, all these things mean that real sleep can feel like a thing of the past. And this doesn’t really change as they begin to get a little older and pass the baby/toddler stage. Joe is now 6, visits the toilet at least twice each night, sometimes has night terrors or just sleep walks. I find that with the exception of an odd, much needed lie-in, I never get more than 5 hours sleep per night. Despite all this, some nights I still find it hard to get to sleep. So how can you avoid being a nocturnal mommy and ensure you get the most from the sleep you get?

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Here are a few tips…

1. Make that bedroom an oasis of calm – no television, no mobile phones, definitely no social media – you really do not need to be checking Facebook and Twitter before you go to sleep. It’s a bedroom, not another extension of your office – remember that.

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Not in the bedroom!

2. Comfortable pillows are a must for me. Not too many to give me a neck ache when I wake up, but soft and fluffy enough to lull me to sleep.

3. A good mattress for both you and baby. Naturalmat,  the leading name in organic mattresses sum this up perfectly here “Every moment spent in bed is precious and a good mattress can make all the difference to having a good nights sleep. Naturalmat take care to ensure that all of their lovely organic and natural fillings are encased in a pure, unbleached natural cotton cover, treated with natural geranoil to banish bed bugs; keeping the mattress 100% chemical free, so both you and baby can sleep easy at night.”

The Splendid Spring mattress from Naturalmat

The Splendid Spring mattress from Naturalmat

4. Try to unwind before bed. Have a bath with Lavender bath oils, drink a glass of warm milk, turn off that social media and maybe unwind with a chapter from a soothing, romantic book. Whatever it is that relaxes you – do it.

Lavender is a great aid to sleep - in oils, in pillows, as a bath oil - give it a try.

Lavender is a great aid to sleep – in oils, in pillows, as a bath oil – give it a try.

5. Don’t go to bed hungry. If you tummy is rumbling, you won’t get to sleep, it’s as simple as that. Have a light snack, something like toast, let it settle, and then go to bed. Avoid cheese through – it’s supposed to give you nightmares (although I’m guessing that’s an old wives tale…)

If all else fails, get up, watch a bit of TV, relax and then try again. There is no point in lying there listening to the other half snoring his way across the night, you will just become more frustrated and more tired.

What are your tips for a good nights sleep? What do you do if you are awake when you should be asleep?