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Our beds are like a haven to us. After a hard day’s work there’s nothing better than crawling into a comfy bed and snuggling into sleep. But what if your bed wasn’t as heavenly as you believed? What if your bed was actually making you ill? It’s a scary but altogether realistic notion – here are some of the main reasons your bed can be harming your health:

Dust mites can thrive in your bed

Dust mites are horrible little creatures that thrive off the human skin cells in your mattress. Even more disgusting than the prospect of bugs living in your bed is the fact that the droppings these bugs leave behind can impact your health. These droppings can cause you to itch uncontrollably and 80% of asthma sufferers are sensitive to these droppings.

Dust mites can be killed by washing your linen at over 60 degrees Celsius, replacing old mattresses and pillows and by regularly hovering your mattress. However care should be taken using a vacuum on a naturally filled pocket sprung mattress. There is the possibility that the fillings could become displaced.

You can now buy special anti-allergen mattresses that contain latex and memory foam which are inhospitable to dust mites. Most of Sealy’s mattresses contain smart fibres and are endorsed by the British Allergy Foundation.

Is-Your-Bed-Making-You-IllA poor bed can lead to obesity and disease

If your bed or mattress is old then it might be affecting your sleep. If you regularly find yourself suffering a bad night’s sleep then your health will soon sufferers. Research has shown that those who don’t get a good night’s sleep are more susceptible to obesity, strokes, heart disease and mental illness.

Changing both your mattress and bed is a great starting point in improving your sleep quality at night. Seek advice on what mattress type works for you. Mattresses that incorporate memory foam provide great support and comfort to your body and will help get you off to sleep at night.

You can get food poisoning from your sheets  

Due to the moist environment of your mattress and sheets it can become a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms such as salmonella, which can make you very ill. It’s essential that your regularly wash your bed linen at high temperatures in order to kill them off.

Your bed can ruin your back

If you’ve ever suffered from back pain then you’ll know just how crippling it can be to your life. Now most people think that back pain is just caused by injury, however this is not just the case. Your mattress can also be harming your spine.

A good quality memory or orthopaedic mattress will support your spine’s pressure points as you sleep – kind of like if you were standing. Old or unsuitable mattresses will not give this support and can lead to poor sleep and back pain.

What about all those bad chemicals?

If you got your mattress before 2005 then you could be sleeping on a bed of toxic chemicals! Some mattresses manufactured before this date may contain harmful levels of something called Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) used in the flame retardency process. These chemicals – which include boric acid, modacrylic and formaldehyde – can leak out over time and the mattress could cause allergies and illness.

Poor sleep can lead to tiredness which can cause amongst other things, stress, bad moods, restlessness and frustration.

If your mattress is ten years or older then purchasing a new one, now that PBDEs are banned, is a good idea. But don’t be alarmed, all the major British manufacturers that supply Big Brand Beds have to comply with rigorous BS standards.

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