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How to tell when it's time to change your pillows and mattresses

With an average of 7 hours of sleep per night, we actually spend most of our time at home sleeping in our bedroom. That’s why it is so important to ensure that our mattresses and pillows are clean, and they give us ample support so we sleep comfortably. So how can you tell if you need to replace your mattresses and pillows or not?

Mattresses
+ As a general rule of thumb, replace a regularly used mattress every seven to ten years.
+ Check for sagging, lumping and other signs of deterioration even before the seven-year mark.
+ If you suffer from allergies and your symptoms are bothering you despite changing your sheets and pillows, your mattress may have accumulated too much dust and you may need a new mattress.
+ If you find yourself tossing and turning at night due to the discomfort caused by an aging mattress or because your body needs may have changed, it’s time for an upgrade.

Pillows
+ Good pillows should last at least three years.
+ Try the “spring-back” test by folding your pillow in half – if it doesn’t “spring” back to its original shape or takes a long time to unfold itself, get a new one.
+ Should your pillows have stains and they smell of mildew, it’s time for a change!

Get rid of dirt, perspiration and body oils on your mattresses and pillows with these bedding maintenance tips:
+ On sunny days, air your pillows out in the open to get rid of smells.
+ Rotate your mattress twice a year: Flip it over completely. After another six months, turn it so the foot of the mattress is now at the head.
+ Vacuum your mattress regularly. Open a window if possible, and fold back the bed covers for half an hour to air the mattress and prevent the build-up of moisture.
+ Change and wash pillowcases and bedsheets every week to kill germs and bacteria.

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