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During these festive times, we often warn the children that they need to be well-behaved to stay on Santa’s nice list. After-all, we need to keep the kids as un-hyper as possible if we’re to make it through, what is typically, a rather stressful month. But what if it’s not the stress or the kids that are keeping you awake this Holiday season? It could be your bed that’s stopping you from getting that much-needed good night’s sleep.

But how do you know if your bed is on the naughty list? Well there’s usually some rather obvious signs that your bed would be on the receiving end of some coal.

SantaFirst off, how old is your bed? It might seem a tad ageist, but in the world of beds age is incredibly important.  A mattress will typically have a life span of around 6-8 years depending on quality and the Sleep Council recommend you change it at least every 8 years. This is because all the comfort and support that you invested in when you bought it will have worn-off resulting in you not getting the support you need for a good night’s sleep.

A lot of people believe that just because a mattress is protected under a topper and bed sheets that it is protected from wear and tear. Yet this is not the case. Remember you spend a large proportion of your daily life lying on your mattress – all that moving about can really take a toll on it. Then there’s changes in your body such as putting on weight that can put strain on your mattress, not to mention if the kids decide to play out the new John Lewis advert and turn your bed into a trampoline.

You should get in a routine of checking your mattress every couple of months for wear and tear. Sure signs that your mattress needs replacing include springs poking out, a dip in the mattress and if it makes any groaning or squeaking noises. You might also find that an old mattress will be more likely to wake your partner up if one of you gets up during the night. This is due to the fact your mattress isn’t giving enough support and absorbing the motion of one of you moving.

Of course, it’s not just a lack of support that can cause you to lose sleep. There’s also those thousands of little creatures that work hard all year round – no not Santa’s army of elves – but rather the dust mites that live in your mattress and feed on your dead skin cells. It’s the droppings from these creatures that can cause itchiness and can affect asthma sufferers meaning your sleep will be affected too as the itchiness makes it difficult to get to sleep.

If any of these sound familiar, then your bed is definitely on the naughty list and you should seriously think about replacing it. It will be worth its weight in chocolate gold coins when you wake up on Christmas Day feeling incredibly refreshed and ready for a day of toy building. 

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