We’ve all got those items in our lives that we cling to for years. Whether it’s that antique table from grandma that has been with you since your first apartment in college or a handmade quilt you’ve curled up in since you were five years old. Holding on to keepsakes can be a wonderful trait, except when it comes to your bedding accessories.
“Replace Every 8” reminds us to rotate our mattresses every eight years, but did you know the lifespan of other bedding items is a much shorter period? Those mattress accessories that are near and dear to your heart need an upgrade sooner than later.
Delicate Cushion Support for Your Crown
Pillows are often overlooked when it’s time for replacement. Pillows age and wear with use losing their firmness and ability to adequately support your neck and spine. A large number of painful aches and pains related to sleep can be resolved with adequate head and neck support from a properly contoured pillow. Pillows should be replaced every two to three years or when you start to feel loss of support when you lay your head down.
Protect and Serve… Your Mattress
Mattress protectors serve dual purposes; they help to prevent stains on your mattress from unwanted substances or liquids, and also helping reduce the number of allergens and dust mites that can embed themselves in your mattress over time. Holes and worn spots in your protector are obvious signs it’s time to make a change. Tattered areas on the material mean less protection, and it’s only a matter of time before those spots become real holes.
Quality Sheets Made for Sleeping
After years of use, you may be thinking that you are just now breaking in your favorite set of sheets. Keep in mind stains, fraying hems and color fading are all signs it’s time for replacement sheets. When exactly you begin to see these symptoms depends on two factors: how often your wash/dry your sheets, and the quality of sheets you are using based on material and thread count.
Cheaper materials coupled with a low thread count are likely to wear out quickly resulting in fewer uses of your favorite set of sheets. Quality is key here, and working with a representative to find the best sheets for you will help you get the most out of your bedding.
Snuggle Up with a Duvet
Most of us don’t wash our duvets or comforters very often. In fact, bedspreads should be washed every few months, and at minimum twice a year. Duvets age from sweat and skin cells just like the rest of your bedding, and should be replaced every five years. If you want a little more mileage out of that bedspread, use a duvet cover and keep to a schedule on when you throw them in the wash.
Be on the lookout for wear and tear, and know that any items with holes should be replaced immediately. Come to a Mattress Firm location to see the selection of durable, long-lasting pillows, sheets and more.
About The Author
The Daily Dozers is a team of our finest Mattress Firm sleep happy experts, pooling their expertise to bring you all you need to know on sleep news of the day and the latest trends in sleep health. Sometimes our team of regular Daily Doze contributors (Craig, Ken and Sunni…not to name names) will throw a pillow or two when trying to decide who gets to write about which topic; and when that happens, we let our task force of daily dozin’ specialists play referee, pooling their knowledge on the topic. From super-sized snoring habits to the very real struggle of trying to become a morning person, there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers.
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