Dr Libby: What we sleep on matters

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Quality sleep is one of the foundations of good health. Waking up refreshed, well rested and ready to take on the day is truly one of life’s pleasures, but unfortunately isn’t experienced by many. Often when we experience sleep challenges, we put this down to stress or a few too many coffees, and while this definitely impacts our ability to sleep restoratively, our sleeping environment can also play a role. 

An old, deteriorating bed can be an enormous reason why someone isn’t sleeping well. To ensure your body is being supported optimally while you sleep, beds need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years. Aside from the structural support aspect, we also need to consider the amount of dust, dust mites (and their droppings, unfortunately) and mould that can accumulate in a mattress over time, and how this may be impacting not only our sleep but also our overall health. Healthy bedding is important, too. Wash your sheets regularly and dry them on the line whenever possible as the UV helps to kill bacteria and keep them naturally crisp and clean.

It has been estimated that we spend up to a third of our lives sleeping, and given the enormous impact sleep has on our quality of life, what we sleep on truly is an investment in our health and vitality.