By West Norwood Therapies Team, Feb 1 2017 09:00AM
Osteopath and yoga teacher, Yinka Fabusuyi, shares her top tips for keeping your mattress in tip top condition to help support a healthy spine
I hope that you have had a good festive season and wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. As part of your goal for a healthy year, which includes keeping your spine in tip top condition, do not overlook the importance of a good mattress. After a busy day there is nothing quite like getting into bed and feeling comfortable, relaxing and waking up feeling refreshed. If this is not the case might your mattress.
1. Use a washable mattress (and pillow) cover to protect your mattress from stains. Buy them in a purpose-made ‘barrier’ fabric if you have a dust allergy.
2. Throw back bedclothes in the morning and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate.
3. Turn your mattress over and end to end every three or four months. For new mattresses do this every week for the first three months, to help upholstery fillings settle down more evenly. Mind your back when doing this and don't do it on your own.
4. To keep your mattress at its best, do not let children bounce on it.
5. Do not sit on the edge of the mattress.
6. Try to avoid your mattress getting wet. If it does air dry it. If necessary use gentle detergent and water to spot clean. Do not use solvent based cleaners on visco-elastic foam mattresses.
7. A good quality mattress that is used regularly will last about 8-10 years. Poorly cared for mattresses will not last as long. High quality mattresses may last longer.
Yinka is at West Norwood Therapies on Wednesdays and ad-hoc www.westnorwoodtherapies.com/yinka-fabusuyi
Osteopath and Yoga teacher