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Under the sheets: a new mattress

Under the sheets: a new mattress
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First Published: Thu, Mar 18 2010. 01 15 AM IST

Sleep system: Every Hastens’ bed is handcrafted at their facility in Koping, Sweden.
Sleep system: Every Hastens’ bed is handcrafted at their facility in Koping, Sweden.
Updated: Thu, Mar 18 2010. 02 19 PM IST
Sleep… We go to bed every night, wake up in the morning. We change our decor, paint our walls, buy new artefacts, but refuse to change the mattress that we sleep on for years on end. Even when it gets painfully lumpy.
Experts say the life of a mattress depends on several factors, including the duration and frequency of use and its initial quality. But in general a mattress that has been used for five to seven years no longer provides you with the best comfort and support. That’s why it’s a good idea to compare the mattress and bed foundation you sleep on with newer models every few years.
Here are a few parameters to keep in mind:
Sleep system: Every Hastens’ bed is handcrafted at their facility in Koping, Sweden.
Comfort: Consider whether you’re a stomach, side or back sleeper (or a combination) to determine your comfort level. Ideally you should test a mattress before buying it. Spend at least 15 minutes lying on a mattress in a store.
Durability: Mattresses made from materials such as high-quality cotton, wool, flax and coir are the most durable.
Support: A good mattress will offer appropriate support for all parts of the body. The support level is dependent on coil count and mattress construction. You will sleep best when your shoulders and hips are well supported. The best mattress is one which has enough padding to support your back without allowing it to drop out of its natural curved alignment. There are four kinds of coils available: bonnell (hourglass-shaped, with the ends of wire knotted or wrapped around the bottom circular portion of the coil); marshall or pocketed coils (each coil is wrapped in a fabric encasement); offset coils (designed to hinge, thus conforming to body shape) and continuous coils or mira-coils (they work on a hinging effect, similar to that of offset coils).
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Keep your mattress healthy
Comfort zone: Tempur mattresses are crafted from an open-celled visco-elastic that moulds to body contours.
• Dust and vacuum the bedding regularly to keep <br></br>allergies at bay. Use synthetic instead of feather pillows to further minimize dust.
• Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the mattress to get rid of odours. Leave it for a few hours; then use a handheld vacuum cleaner to remove it.
• Don’t ignore spills; moisture causes the mattress to become lumpy and mouldy. Allow spillages to dry in a well-ventilated area. You could even use a hairdryer if there isn’t too much moisture.
• If you have children, make sure you protect the mattress with a rubber or waterproof sheet placed over the mattress.
• Turn your mattress over once every two months to avoid deep impressions of your body’s contours. Similarly, rotate the mattress to ensure even usage of both sides, especially if you sleep alone on a double bed.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 18 2010. 01 15 AM IST