If you were going on a camping trip, would you be doing it without the right equipment? Chances are, no.
We wouldn’t spend a weekend in the wild without the right camping gear, but we do spend a third of our day in our bed without properly preparing it for sleep. Many of us complain that we sleep poorly, twisting and throwing all night, but not everyone is ready to find out what exactly is causing our sleep disorders.
How much do you actually know about your mattress?
Many people don’t worry about their mattress once it’s been picked up at the store, but something as mundane as your bedding can hold some interesting secrets that are worth knowing. Some of these facts are meant to help you learn more about getting a good night̵
So, without further ado, here are some interesting facts about mattresses that can change the way you look at your bed from now on.
The word “mattress” is older than you think
Have you ever wondered where the word “mattress” comes from? In the past, during the Crusades, bedding was very different from what it is today. Bundles of straws have died along with gross binding, and we can only imagine how uncomfortable that must have been.
When the Crusaders traveled to the Middle East, they finally discovered what a good night’s sleep actually meant. Instead of piles of straw, the Arab world slept on comfortable pillows on the floor. The practice quickly found its way to Europe together with a similar name. The name used was Arab Basic amount, which described a place where pillows were thrown off. This word is derived from another word – Taraha – which meant “throw”. It was quickly absorbed by Latin and turned into Matterwhich eventually developed into the familiar mattress.
You share your bed with tiny dust mites
Over time, your typical mattress will become the perfect environment for millions of dust mites to move about and multiply. Between 100,000 and 10 million dust mites can live in your mattress, especially because innerspring mattresses have lots of empty spaces for these microscopic creatures to grow in.
Remember that dust mites exist almost anywhere there are substances and people. This means carpets, curtains and mattresses, especially in damp environments. They feed on dead skin cells that we shed, and they don’t bite or pose any significant risk of disease. However, if you have allergies or asthma, dust mites can make symptoms worse and become a serious problem. To minimize risks, use an allergen-resistant mattress, change your linens weekly, and wash everything, including pillowcases and sheets, in hot water.
“Sleep well” was actually a functional reminder
“Good night, sleep tight!” is a phrase we use very often to wish someone a good break, but it actually means something different from what we originally thought.
In the past, long before box spring beds and memory foam were invented, mattresses were held on wooden frames and supported by cross-woven ropes. To make sure their mattresses didn’t sag, people had to rigorously tighten the ropes that held the mattress in place. Technology has advanced tremendously since then, but the fact that we are still using this phrase is a great example of old habits that die hard.
Mattresses must be fireproof
In the past, mattresses were made from easily inflammable materials. To prevent danger, many governments, including the United States, have regulations requiring mattresses to withstand an open flame for at least 30 seconds.
To determine how flammable they are, mattresses are subjected to a series of regular tests that use materials or objects, such as matches and cigarettes, that can start a fire. The mattress is exposed to these hazards several times in order to ensure its durability and safety.
Be on the lookout for certifications, labels, and mattress standards to make sure you are buying from a reputable manufacturer.
Your mattress will weigh more at the end of its life
Over the years, sweat, dead skin cells and, of course, dust mites build up on your mattress. In 10 years, mattresses build up so much that they can double their weight. This is why you need one person to install a mattress and four people to get rid of it.
A messy bet could actually be healthier
Your mom always told you to make your bed before breakfast every morning, but what if she was actually wrong? Sure, a nice bed makes your room look neat and cozy, and some say it actually has a psychological benefit, but a study from Kingston University might prove that not making your bed isn’t healthier. The theory is pretty simple and actually makes sense, so listen to us.
If you cover your mattress with lots of blankets, sheets, comforters and pillows, the moisture and sweat that we give off in the mattress at night will be trapped. This becomes the perfect environment for dust mites to thrive. Leaving your sheets uncovered for at least an hour after you wake up will give you air and sunlight, dry the area, and kill the microscopic creatures that live in them.
Mattresses are the go-to place for house robbers
The technique of hiding your money under the mattress is no longer as safe as it used to be, as the secret has been revealed and also reached burglars.
When a thief breaks into a house, one of the first places they look for valuable items is under the mattress. So you should think twice before actually sleeping on your most precious possessions.
Keeping them in a safe or in the bank is a much better option, not only for your financial security, but also for your health, as placing items under a mattress and sleeping on it can actually be very harmful to your back.
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