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Do you have headaches or joint aches almost daily?  Do you find yourself at the chemist’s looking for a way to ease your pain?  Do you wake up sluggish, confused and with itchy eyes or nose? Did you know that your mattress might be to blame?

Most people spend about a third of their lives asleep. And most spend that third lying on a mattress, the properties of which has a huge impact on your quality of life.  If you are not getting adequate sleep, you can’t possible be getting the best out of your day, particularly if you are waking up with aches and pains or nasal allergies.

Many people don’t realise that an old mattress--that is, one that is past it’s useful life, can be downright calamitous to your health.  Lack of sleep (or lack of deep, restful sleep) can cause weight gain, memory fog, and depression and contribute to such disastrous health issues such as heart disease and hypertension.

How will you know when your mattress should be replaced?  Take a look at it without any sheets on it.  Does it show areas of depression or sag even though no one is sitting or lying on it? If it does, it has lost it’s ability to properly support your body for restful sleep. Do you vacuum your sprung mattress regularly?  If not, there is a good chance that a number of mites and dust may have accumulated, contributing to allergies and discomfort.  A good mattress, or a mattress that still has some useful life left, will not show any obvious signs of ruts or sagging.  Check the manufacturer’s warranty on the tag.  Mattresses typically have a life of ten to twenty years, depending on brand and quality.  If yours is older than the warranty allows, it’s time to take it to the bin.

Another way to determine if your mattress is at the root of your poor vigour and achy muscles is to simply listen to your body.  Do you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to begin your day or are you sluggish, grumpy and slow?  Does your body feel invigorated after a night’s rest or do you feel achy and sore?  Do you open your eyes to a stuffy nose, runny eyes or itchy palate?  The way you feel when you first awaken is due, in large part, to the quality of your mattress.

Luckily, mattress technology has changed over the years, resulting in some superior alternatives to the typical sprung mattress.  One of these options is memory foam, a visco-elastic, temperature sensitive material that conforms to your body’s individual curves, offering support where it is needed and gentle cushioning at all of the body’s pressure points.  This level of comfort results in deeper, more restful and uninterrupted sleep patterns, which can have a large impact on your health, energy level and ability to concentrate.  In addition, it is a hypo-allergenic material which repels dust and dust mites, making it kinder to your lungs and nasal passages in terms of allergies and allergic reactions.

Give memory foam a try and wake to a new, refreshed, revitalised you.


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