Your Guide to Mattress Settlement

Your Guide to Mattress Settlement

Here at SlumberSlumber, your sleep is our most important priority.

We want you to be informed about your sleep choices, so decided to put together this guide on mattress settlement.

What is Mattress Settlement?

Mattress settlement is generally a cause for unnecessary concern.

It usually starts to show within the first few weeks of use as the mattress fillings ‘mould’ to fit the user’s shape. The areas of most pressure, such as your shoulders and hips show the greatest signs of settlement. It may appear that this area is wearing quicker than the rest of the mattress but constant turning, rotating of the mattress will help this equal out in time1.

What causes Mattress Settlement?

There are many reasons that mattresses may show signs of settlement;

  • The user’s weight
  • Type of mattress fillings
  • Mattress firmness
  • Two-sided or single sided mattress
  • Larger sized mattresses such as a King or Super are more susceptible, as there is a wider area in the mattress that doesn’t get used.
  • All mattresses with multiple layers can be susceptible to mattress settlement.

Although these impressions can be quite noticeable, they are not necessarily a sign that the mattress support has failed. If a mattress has collapsed or sagged there will be a clear lack of support when you lie on it, almost a sensation that you can feel right through to the bottom of the mattress or the bed frame2.

Ways you can minimise Mattress Settlement

Silent Night suggests these three ways to minimise mattress settlement;

  1. Give your mattress a daily airing by leaving the covers off after you get up.
  2. Turn your mattress regularly (unless your mattress is ‘no turn’, which will be stated on the label).
  3. Rotate your mattress top to tail every so often so that natural settlement from body pressure is evenly distributed3 .

All about that base

Most mattresses are used in combination with a bed base such as divans and bedsteads. Remember to make sure that the mattress and base you choose are suitable together, especially if you are buying them separately. An old base can reduce the lifespan and overall quality of a new mattress. It can also affect the support and comfort a new mattress can offer.

  • Divan Bases
    Sprung edge divans are the most luxurious option and feature a complete open coil or pocket spring
    unit mounted on a frame which acts like a giant  shock absorber, increasing the mattress’s durability.
  • Slatted Bases
    Slatted bases are mostly used with bedsteads. They are either rigid (with no give) or flexible. Wear and tear on a mattress will be greater the wider the gaps between the slats. Most manufacturers will give you their own recommendations for slat spacing to suit their brand of mattress so check these before buying as they do vary.
  • Bedsteads
    Bedsteads come in a vast array of styles from traditional classics to more modern designs and are available in wood, metal, plastics, upholstered or any combination of these. Your choice will largely be an aesthetic one but bear in mind mattress support and the effect it could have on your mattress.

Follow the care instructions!

Read the manufacturer’s care guide on how to look after your mattress. This comes with the delivery of your mattress and will tell you how to expertly care for it.

Remember not all mattresses are alike. Even if you are familiar with your brand their care guides may have changed.

Settlement and indentations are going to occur in all mattresses.

There often is a misconception that a mattress should look and feel as good as new even after months or years of use but this simply isn’t the case. Similar to a good pair of leather shoes, a new mattress will ‘relax’ and take on the shape of the user. People are not the same size and shape, body-shaped impressions will occur.

At SlumberSlumber we recommend the use of mattress toppers to allow this settlement to happen slowly over time. The mattress topper will provide an extra layer in between you and the mattress, slowing down the indentation4.

If you need more advice on choosing the right mattress and base for you please refer to our Bed Buying Guide.

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The Ultimate Guide to Clean Sleeping

The Ultimate Guide to Clean Sleeping

What is Clean Sleeping?

We all know it’s important to look after our health.

We know to eat right, exercise regularly and look after our skin, but how much effort do we put into our sleep?

Clean Sleeping is brought to us by Goop creator Gwyneth Paltrow in her latest book, Clean Beauty. It focuses on treating sleep with the same care and attention that we do our diet or skin, making it a priority above all else.

Some of Goop’s practises and claims have been known to raise eyebrows in the past. However, the concept of clean sleeping focuses mainly on achieving a good sleep routine, cutting out caffeine and allowing yourself to switch off.

With the added health and beauty benefits, what have we got to lose from giving it a go?

Top Tips for Clean Sleep

 

  • Get at least eight hours of sleep a night (ideally nine or 10)

    The lifestyle I lead is based not just on clean eating, but also on clean sleeping: at least seven or eight hours of good, quality sleep — and ideally even ten.1 Gwyneth explained in her article with the Daily Mail. Nine to ten is unrealistic for many of us, aiming towards eight hours of sleep per night would be a start.

 

  • Steer clear of stimulants after 2pm

    Reduce your intake of stimulants throughout the day, especially caffeine and refined sugars. It’s tempting to reach for a cup of coffee during your 3pm slump but don’t use caffeine as a substitute for food.

 

  • Keep the same sleep routine

    Get your body into a good sleep routine and go to bed at the same time every night. Gwyneth recommends at 10pm, but this may seem a little early for you. Focus on finding a time that suits you and stick to it2. You’ll be able to fall asleep easier and your circadian rhythm (your body clock) will also be on the same page.

 

  • Say no to your smart phone 90 minutes before you get into bed

    Poetically put as an ‘Electrical sundown,’ banning your screens from the bedroom can aid a more restful sleep. Your screens emit a blue light that increases stimulation and delays your circadian rhythm3. Power down at least 90 minutes before bed. Ensure your bedroom is tech free and create a sanctuary free from emails, social media notifications and the daily stresses of modern life. Learn more about how to regulate your circadian rhythm here.

 

  • Ban snacks at bedtime and keep a 12-hour fasting window in your day

    Say goodbye to midnight feasts. Goop Detox expert Dr Alejandro Junger recommends keeping a regular 12 hour fasting window between dinner and breakfast. He states that your body doesn’t slip into detox mode until about eight hours after your last meal and that it needs about four more hours of undisturbed sleep to detox properly4.

 

  • Meditate, meditate, meditate!

    In her article, Paltrow recommends ‘Yoga Nidra’ or psychic sleeping. This is a form of meditation that simulates the qualities of sleep while the body is still awake. This meditation focuses on each body part separately, in a circular motion. For example, focusing on your fingers, palm, wrist, forearm etc. all the way around the head, other arm and legs. It is supposed to put your brain into a state of near-sleep. Once mastered, this can be extremely relaxing, but you will need to practise to feel the full effects.

 

  • Relax with a trigger point massage

    This is all about relaxing and preparing yourself for sleep and Paltrow believes trigger point massages are key. Although it may not be attainable to keep this up every night you can always try it on a weekly basis or for when you are stressed. Simply give yourself a gentle head massage, targeting the pressure points on the back of your head. These are located approx. five fingers from the back of your ear at the base of your skull. You will feel a deep and a tender point at the right spot5. Massage this area in a circular motion for maximum release. Alternatively, you could give yourself a relaxing foot massage.

 

  • Copper

    Paltrow recommends investing in a copper pillowcase to combat wrinkles but there are other less costly alternatives. Silver Ions boast the same benefits and are also hypoallergenic and eczema friendly. At SlumberSlumber we have a silver ion infused memory foam pillow. It is anti-bacterial offering you a much fresher and healthier night’s sleep. We also have a variety of natural materials that can aid your sleep and take care of your skin. From silk, organic cotton to bamboo, discover our range of materials here.

We at SlumberSlumber welcome anything that helps give you a more restful sleep. Clean sleeping’s strict rules might not be for everyone but taking away some handy tips can really make a difference. Creating a peaceful sleeping environment, allowing yourself to shut off and steering clear of caffeine can all help us get as much as we can out of our forty winks.

 

Allergies During the Holiday Season

Allergies During the Holiday Season

Mould & Mildew

Mould spores float in the air like pollen and your exposure to it may increase during the holidays because they love damp evergreens like the wreaths, boughs and trees we bring inside this time of year.

How to control Mould Allergies:

A 2011 study performed by staff at the SUNY Upstate Medical University and published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that a Christmas tree could increase the number of mould spores in an apartment by about 6 and a half times1!

Christmas trees and wreaths carry mould spores. If mould affects you, you may consider making the switch to artificial decorations. If you simply can’t do without your Christmas tree then there are other ways to keep mould to a minimum. Hose plants down before bringing them inside to get rid of existing spores.

Artificial decorations can indeed reduce allergy but they too can become damp or grow mould. Ensure your artificial decorations are stored in dry containers and have been packaged correctly. 

Air purifiers, dehumidifiers and sprays that target mould can make a difference in tackling the spores that cause your allergic reaction.

Dust mites

These tiny allergens can be even more aggravating around the holidays when the air gets damp and we spend time in hotel rooms or staying with friends and relatives.

How to control Dustmite Allergies:

Dust mites are a well-known allergy and asthma trigger. Keep symptoms in check at home by changing air filters frequently, washing your bedding in hot water at 60 degrees weekly and by buying allergy-resistant encasement covers for pillows and mattress. Dust mites thrive in humidity, so a good way to keep indoor humidity between 30% and 50% is to invest in a dehumidifier.

During the holiday season you often find yourself staying with friends, relatives and in hotels. When travelling it’s a good idea to bring your own pillow with an anti-allergy protective cover. When staying in a hotel you can request a down-free pillow or even bring your own pillow encasements to keep allergic reactions to a minimum.

Food

The Holiday Season means lots of dining away from home, plenty of seasonal foods and lots of parties! All of which make it likely you’ll accidentally eat foods you’re allergic to.

Ways to control Food Allergies:

The first and best treatment for food allergies is to avoid what you’re allergic to. At seasonal gatherings with friends and family communication is key. Tell them about your food allergies, ask about ingredients in meals and desserts, discuss alternatives with them and ask for their help so you can avoid the foods you’re allergic to, the last thing your family or friends want is to make you unwell around the holiday season.

Pets

Symptoms of pet allergies can worsen around the holidays. Pets are indoors more, both at your house and in the homes of friends and family2.

Ways to control Pet Allergies:

To reduce the likelihood of a reaction for yourself or your visitors this holiday season there are a few things you can do. Firstly minimize your contact with pets and keep them strictly out of the bedrooms to reduce the amount of allergen in the room. Make sure to bathe your pets weekly, if possible, to wash away dander and other allergens from their fur. Change your clothes, bathe and wash your hair after playing with your pet and before going to bed[3]. Wash your hands and face frequently and keep your floors swept, and carpets vacuumed.

Air purifiers and sprays that target allergies to pets can make a difference in tackling the protein in the dander that causes your allergic reaction.

How to choose the right heater for your home

How to choose the right heater for your home

Did you know central heating can be bad for your allergies?

While you’re heating system may take away moisture, it adds something else to your indoor air – allergens! During warmer months when heat isn’t necessary, your space heater or central heating system can be home to a variety of irritants including dust, dust mites, mould spores, insect parts, pet dander, and more. When your heater is turned on, these allergens are distributed throughout your indoor space, causing irritating allergy and asthma symptoms. Fortunately, there are ways to heat your home that do not make your allergies worse.

What can you do to combat this?

Allergy sufferers usually find that radiant oil heaters are the best choice for their home. Since these heaters give off radiant heat, they do not have built in fans that can spread dust and other allergens throughout the room. The absence of a fan also means that these heaters also function completely silently. Not only do these heaters not emit gases or particle matter, neither do they create extra moisture in the air, therefore helping to prevent mould growth. If you’re looking for a heater that will keep you warm without making you sneeze, choose one that’s oil-filled.

Allergies to radiant heaters are uncommon. Most people tolerate the gentle heat of electric heaters quite well and the heaters can easily be cleaned to remove any dust or build-up that accumulates during the off-season. The heaters are portable and can be placed near drafty areas for the best results. Known as hypoallergenic heaters, many people with sensitive respiratory systems find that electric heaters provide the most comfortable heating solution.

Most radiant oil heaters are freestanding units that resemble old-fashioned wall radiators. They typically have multiple heat settings, which can be up to 3000 watts, and the unit can be adjusted to give the appropriate amount of heat without using too much electricity. Since the heaters typically weigh around 15kgs, most also come with wheels to make them easier for anyone to move them from room to room.

Oil contained within a radiant oil heater does not act as a fuel, so it never needs to be replaced. Radiant oil heaters are powered by electricity, which heats the oil. After the oil reaches the desired temperature, which is determined by the chosen setting, the heater stops pulling electricity from the outlet. The warm oil then radiates heat into the room, while electricity is only used again when the oil falls below a certain temperature. Radiant oil heaters not only cut down on overall energy use, but they are considered safer than other forms of heating as the oil is permanently sealed within the heater.

Air Purifier Buying Guide

Air Purifier Buying Guide

What are air purifiers for?

Air purifiers improve the quality of the air that we breathe, by reducing harmful airborne particles and allergens. Including:

  • Pollen
  • Bacteria
  • Dust
  • Mite faeces
  • Mildew
  • Mould
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Odours
  • Some viruses

This is particular benefit to those who are allergic to these particles, e.g. asthmatics, and those who suffer from hay fever and respiratory problems, and can even help cold and flu viruses from spreading, resulting in a healthier home, that is cleaner and fresher.

What are the different types of air purifiers?

There are four different types of air purifiers, and they all have the same purpose – to improve that standard of air that we breathe.

The four different types are as follows:

Air Ioniser

Air ionisers produce steam, consisting of negatively charged ions, which will cling to the positively charged ions in the air (airborne allergen particles and dust).

When these particles join, they become heavy, and sink to the floor.

An example of an Air Ioniser purifier is Cleanaer or Bionaire.

Cleanaer can drastically improve the quality of air and help with conditions like asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever and other allergies.

The continuous release of liquid-ions ensures a constant flow to protect against the introduction of new particles, even from a sneeze! Once the particles are removed from the air, tests have proven that they remain locked down and do not recirculate.

HEPA Air Filter

HEPA is an acronym of High Efficient Particulate Air. To qualify as true HEPA, an air filter must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometer from the air that passes through. (Particles smaller than 0.3 microns are still trapped by HEPA filters but effectiveness is reduced to less than 99.97%.)

Most purifiers contain a HEPA filter (Highly Efficient Particular Air).  These filters remove 99.97% of pollutants in the air.

These filters are extremely useful for removing dirt, allergens, dust and mould particles, but do very little for removing bad odours or smoke.

If a HEPA purifier has an anti-bacterial pre-filter, larger particles will also be removed, and the filter should last longer.

Three HEPA filters offered are the Healthway, Bionaire and Blueair.

The HealthWay 20600-03 is one of the most advanced air purifiers on the market. This unique air purifier has been specifically designed to improve your indoor air environment by reducing airborne micro-organisms. It captures, holds and kills bacteria, viruses, mould and fungi.

A Blueair air purifier works efficiently, silently to remove 99.97% of allergens, asthma triggers, viruses, bacteria and other airborne pollutants.

Air sterilisation

Air sterilisation purifiers use technology to silently and effectively pull contaminated air in, by air convection. Contaminated air, such as pollen, pet allergens, viruses, fungi, mould, dust mites, odours and bacteria are all pulled in.

Once inside, air flow carries micro-organisms into the exclusive TSS sterilising chambers.

Inside these chambers, temperatures reach 400°F, incinerating all micro-organisms.

Sterilised air is then cooled and returned to the room.

An example of an air sterilisation air purifier is Airfree. Airfree air purifiers need no maintenance. There is no need to change filters or moving parts.

The TSS technology used in the Airfree air purifier is completely silent. With no fans or turbines, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed.  The Airfree air purifier uses less energy than a 40-60 w light bulb (dependant on the model chosen). It needs no maintenance or replacement parts and generates no waste.

The Airfree air purifier is easy to transport weighs less than 1.5 kg and takes up very little space.

Humidifiers

Humidifiers are an appliance used to add moisture to the air in a room of building.

Low humidity in a room occurs in hot or dry climates, or when indoor spaces are artificially heated.

Low humidity can cause a negative effect on your health, such as respiratory problems.

It can also have an impact on wooden furniture, leading them to shrink, and their joints to become loose or cracked.  Static electricity is heightened in low humidity, meaning dust and allergens will cling to surfaces, triggering asthma and allergies.

An example of a humidifier is Stadler or Bionaire.

Which model should I choose?

This depends on:

  • The size of the room
  • The level of air purification and cleanliness you want
  • Your budget

Other considerations:

  • How much space you have? – Some models can sit on a shelf.
  • How much the unit weighs? – Important if moving it from room to room.
  • Is it the correct size for the room – different size models clean different volumes of air?
  • The amount of times an hour the air is cleaned.
  • Other features you need such as remote control and speed settings.

Generally, the more levels of filtration and features a model has, the higher the price.
Air purifiers featuring HEPA filters are more expensive but are more effective than other filters at removing harmful bacteria and pollen that can affect allergy and asthma suffers.

Air purifiers can be in use continuously or for long periods, so it could pay off to think about their energy efficiency and the amount of noise they’ll make. Ionisers are almost silent. But some air purifiers make a low whirring noise, which you might want to take into account if you’re a light sleeper.

How many are needed for my room/building?

Generally speaking, one large air purifier is usually enough for a medium sized home which is open-planned, but both the size and layout of your property are important factors.

Ideally, in a less open planned building, there should be an air purifier in the bedroom (where most time tends to be spent), and in another room, such as kitchen or living room where most household traffic will be.

Where is the best position to place my air purifier?

Generally it is best to keep an air purifier in the centre of a room for optimum performance. When this isn’t suitable you can also place it in an area which is the source of the irritant, e.g. where your pet might settle, or where someone smokes.

It is best to not place the purifier against a wall, as it may hinder its ability to intake air efficiently.

What Benefits will I get from having an air purifier?

  • Air purifiers create a cleaner environment in your home for you and your family.
  • They remove smoke, dust particles and pollen from your home.
  • Mould spores, per dander and dust mite droppings are captured, and pulled away from the clean air.
  • Airborne particles which trigger asthmatic and allergic reactions are removed with air purifiers.
  • Air quality in the home will be greatly improved, as such activities as, dusting, hovering, cooking, smoking, and having pets can significantly lower the air quality by adding pollutants and allergens.

Should the purifier be switched on continuously?

To be as effective as possible, all air purifiers should be switched on all the time, as air pollution will return when it is switched off.

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