A Better, Fresher Night's Sleep

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Good Sleep and Mattress

Our beds have become high traffic zones; in fact, these days Canadians are bringing everything to bed but the kitchen sink.

According to a recent survey by the Better Sleep Council Canada, four in ten Canadians admit to cuddling with pets and eating and drinking in bed. That's on top of those who fall asleep in their day clothes and shoes, smoke, change babies and pack luggage in or on their beds.

After a few years of use, the average mattress becomes home to anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites. Each year the average sleeper loses up to 90 litres of sweat in bed.

"Neglecting your mattress' health is like neglecting your own, given that we spend an average of 2,000 hours a year sleeping on it," says Gary Baskerville of the Better Sleep Council Canada. "Sleep plays such a critical role in health and well-being that you want to create the best sleep environment for a better, fresher night's sleep."

To sleep well practice good mattress care:

  • For the best support and comfort, replace your mattress every eight to ten years;

  • Clear your bed surface of books, remote controls, work, food and drink, and pets;


  • Avoid dropping heavy items onto your mattress;

  • Keep your mattress clean by vacuuming monthly with an attachment (to suck up dust mites and debris) and spot cleaning spills and stains with water;

  • Evaluate the state of your mattress and foundation twice a year by looking for these simple ABC's:

A - Age: has your mattress had more than eight to ten years of nightly use?

B - Beauty: would you be embarrassed to show your uncovered mattress?

in public? Does it have stains, soils or tears? Does it sag?

C - Comfort: does it have the same comfort and support as it did when you first tried it at the store?

More information about sleep and mattresses can be found at bettersleep.ca