Many of us dream of sinking into our beds at the end of a long day and snuggling up under the covers but did you know that your bed is probably a hotspot for germs, bacteria, creepy crawlies and chemicals? While your bed may not be a death trap, it could still affect your health for the worse if not looked after. Here are some ways your bed could be making you ill and our tips on how to get a better night’s slumber:
1. It Triggers Stress
Stress at home is caused by one of two things: Disorganisation and clutter, and your bed is a major culprit in feeding this cycle of stress because many of us simply don’t have time to make our beds when we’re in a rush in the morning. Try to make your bed each morning, no matter how tired you are as a clean bed will help you sleep better.
2. Dust Mites Live In It
An eight-year-old mattress contains more than 10 pounds of dead skin cells! That’s not all, pillows collect a lot of dust mites and dead skin cells over the years too. An infestation of dust mites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people so we recommend using the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over the top, sides and as much of the box spring of your mattress as you can get to. Try airing your pillows out in the sun every month as well or getting pillows that are hypoallergenic.
3. It Causes Eye Problems
People these days often like to browse the Internet on their phones or other mobile devices before dozing off for bed but this is one habit you should try to break. Night is the best time to give your eyes a break from technology so to avoid headaches, blurred vision and other eye impairments, keep your phone away from your bed.
4. It's Causing Your Body To Ache
The wrong mattress or one that’s too old could be causing you back pain and discomfort. Mattresses more than seven years old need to be evaluated. How? It’s easy to tell. If you find yourself tossing and turning throughout the night or can see or feel any springs starting to sag of foam starting to feel floppy, it’s time to get a new mattress.
(Related: 10 Bedroom Must-Haves For Better Sleep)
5. It Can Be A Carrier for Infections
People produce 26 gallons of sweat in bed every year. In Singapore’s high humidity this makes the place we sleep every day the “ideal fungal culture medium“. Studies suggest older, poorly looked-after mattresses can contain dubious levels of staphylococcus, enterococcus, norovirus and even MRSA, which can cause serious, antibiotic-resistant infections. To fight against these nasties, try using an antibacterial deodoriser or surface disinfecting spray.
6. It Acts As A Conduit for Sleeplessness
Nothing disrupts sleep more than a snoring or restless bedmate. According to one study, people who sleep next to snorers report high levels of fatigue and sleepiness and may even be at higher risk for hearing loss. Since rest is required to function effectively in life, you may be better off investing in a good pair of earplugs or asking your partner to seek professional help.
(Related: 7 Ways To Sleep Better With Your Spouse)