A little bit of cleaning could help you sleep better

Did you know that there are some simple habits that could get you closer to a great night’s sleep?

A recent study by the National Sleep Foundation showed how vital the bedroom environment is to getting good sleep.

David Cloud, the NSF Chief Operating Officer told WebMD: “We’ve looked a lot at how medical and behavioral issues affect sleep, but we really hadn’t looked at the sleep environment in such depth. Frankly, we were surprised to see that senses like touch, feel, and smell were so important.”

Here’s what to do to sleep better:

1. Make your bed each day

Bed-makers are 19% more likely to have a good night’s sleep than those who leave their beds unmade.

2. Change your bedding regularly

75% of people reported sleeping better on clean linen that had a fresh smell.

3. Clean your room

A calm and clean room helps 66 – 75% of people sleep better.

4. Clean your mattress

Your mattress is the most essential part of your sleep environment. Look after it and it will look after you too. Not sure where to start?

Follow these helpful steps to ensure you get rid of sleep thieves such as dust, mould and pet hair without harming your mattress.

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You won’t believe what bicarbonate of soda can do to your mattress

You sleep on your mattress for about 7 hours every night – do you ever clean it? You would be surprised to know how bicarbonate of soda can help!

Step 1: Wash
Remove all bedding and mattress protectors and give them a good wash. Do not wash or wipe your mattress with a damp cloth. A soggy mattress is not a happy mattress. Mattresses are not meant to get wet and this act will void your Sealy Warranty.

Step 2: Sprinkle
Using a sieve or colander, sprinkle the mattress with a little bicarbonate of soda. Let them sit on top of the mattress for a few hours. The bicarbonate of soda should absorb any moisture as well as any offensive odours from sweat, urine, coffee or wine. Check your mattress warranty before using this method.

Step 3: Vacuum
Vacuum your mattress gently to remove any dirt, pet hair, dust, dust mites as well as all the bicarbonate granules. Use only the round mouth of the vacuum pipe to suck up the granules. Beware of excessive vacuuming which will damage your mattress fibres.

Step 4: Air
Nothing kills bacteria faster than fresh air and sunshine. Open the windows and curtains and let in as much fresh air and sunlight as you can. Even better, take your mattress outside if you have a suitably dry, clean and sunny area.

Don’t forget to put your mattress protector back on!

Protect your now beautifully clean mattress with a mattress protector – it can give your mattress an extra five years of life! Sealy mattress protectors repel allergens as they are made from bamboo fabric known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties.

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Written by Roxanne Atkinson

How to clean your mattress

Mattresses can harbor all kinds of nasty things. Allergens like mould, pet hair, skin flakes and dust can be fought with fresh air and a good dose of cleaning. Nothing feels better than clean.
Step 1: Wash
Remove all bedding and mattress covers and give them a good wash.
Step 2: Sprinkle
Sprinkle the mattress with bicarbonate of soda and let it sit on top of the mattress for a few hours. The bicarbonate of soda granules absorb the moisture and any offensive odours from sweat, urine, coffee or wine.
Step 3: Vacuum
Vacuum your mattress to remove any dirt, pet hair, dust, dust mites as well as all the bicarbonate granules.
Step 4: Air
Nothing kills bacteria faster than fresh air and sunshine. Open the windows and curtains and let in as much fresh air and sunlight as you can. Even better, take your mattress outside.
Step 5: Protect
Protect your now beautifully clean mattress with a mattress protector. Sealy mattresses are built to repel allergens as they are made from bamboo and aloe vera fabrics known for their non-allergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-dustmite properties. There are also Sealy Top of Bed products available that can give your mattress an extra 5 years of life!
Like these products? Visit www.sealy.co.za to find a stockist near you.
Whatever you find works for you, the Sealy team wish you a sneeze-free Spring and happy Spring cleaning!