Most of us have a long-lasting and unwavering love for our beds, especially at the end of a long day. But new research has found that many of us – 230,000 to be exact – actually get injured in our own bedrooms every year.
From simple stubbed toes to bigger problems that are harder to treat such as back injuries and insect bites, it turns out our beloved bedrooms can in fact harbour more hazards than you might think.
So interiors etailer, Furniture123.co.uk, have put together their guide to injury-proofing your bedroom so that you can make it the relaxing haven it always should be.
Rethink your bedroom layout
Your bedroom is the one room in the house which we regularly navigate in the dark, so to prevent grazes, falls, stumbles and knocks, make sure your furniture is laid out in a way that gives you plenty of space and a clutter-free route from the bed to the door.
Place a good quality bedside lamp at either side of your bed, so that you can safely find your way if you get up in the night and don't end up taking a tumble in the dark.
Put it away
If you're low on cupboard or wardrobe space, invest in a couple of storage boxes so that shoes, clothes and more can be kept neatly tidied away and aren't likely to trip you up or fall on you when you open up your cupboards.
Rugs are a great way of livening up your decor while keeping you safe from slipping on laminate floors or floorboards - just make sure there's a non-slip mat placed beneath them.
A good pillow is a great treat to find but once you've got hold of a comfy one, it's important to keep it clean and maintained. Pillows can gather dead skin, dust and germs from your face and head, and over time these build up to paint a not so pretty picture.
And as they age, they can also lose their firmness - meaning they will be providing less than optimum support for your spine and neck. A good rule of thumb is to replace your pillows every two years and give them a good clean regularly.
Mind your mattress
In general, you want to change your mattress every seven years, but it's important to keep an eye on the condition of your mattress, no matter how old it is.
If it's worn, has a dip in it or you can feel the springs poking through, it's time for a new one. Similarly, if you find yourself rolling towards the other side of the bed unintentionally or hear creaks or crunches when you move, it’s likely to need replacing.
There are easy ways to look after your mattress and prevent hollows and impressions appearing, which won't give your back the support it nights and might lead to aches and pains. Start by turning your mattress every few months to extend the life of your mattress. Give yours a regular vacuum on the surface too to stop unhygienic dust and dirt building up. A mattress topper will stop dirt and any irritants building up- just wash this once a month.
Watch your position
We all know that achy early morning feeling when we've slept a bit funny and that's largely down the posture in which we've slept. To limit pain or damage in our neck and back during the night, try sleeping on your back or on your side.
For that extra bit of needed support, you need the correct sized pillows. If you sleep on your side, your pillow should be the same thickness as the distance between your ear and shoulder, to create a natural position. If you're on your back, use a pillow that doesn’t disrupt the natural curve of your back, making you hunch forwards or strain backwards.
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