The onset of Chinese New Year prompts the tradition of getting the house ready to make way for good fortune to come in the next 12 months. It’s a common ritual in Chinese culture, and maybe even a superstition, that cleaning up and getting organized before the new year commences allows us to ‘sweep out the old to usher in the new.’ With this being the year of the Earth Dog is it ever-so-important to enjoy good health and ensure plenty of rest, resulting in overall longevity and happiness.
Although the obvious chores of deep-cleaning the kitchen and bathroom are always high on the to-do list, we sometimes forget to prioritize the bedroom and good quality sleep. Whether it’s swapping out a saggy mattress, updating worn-out sheets and beddings, or trying a new pillow due to neck pain, most of us overlook the necessity of staying up-to-date with our beds.
This leads us to ask one simple question: how can a brand-new bed give you a great start to the New Year?
Research shows that replacing your complete bed set (mattress, pillow, and bedding) before it begins to affect your health and overall well-being is critical. After all, you spend more than ⅓ of your entire life on your bed. Here are a few tips to help you get you started on the right foot:
Do you even know how long you’ve had your mattress?
Even with the best mattresses, there comes a time to part ways and replace it. While many of us wait for the springs to flatten or our backs to ache, this practice is unwise. Your sleep quality may deteriorate, or you may wake up tired or achy. Most of us have such busy schedules that we need the best quality sleep possible. So, what better time to make a change and kick off the new year on the right note than during your spring clean?
When looking around for a new mattress, keep in mind that it should be designed to provide the perfect balance between comfort and support, alongside an affordable price tag and money-back guarantee. That’s not too much to ask for a good night’s sleep, is it?
It’s time for some pillow talk - is your pillow looking sad?
For many of us, pillows tend to be an afterthought. We sit on them, we fold them, we prop ourselves up with them and after a while, they begin to wither away into flat pancakes. Be careful of older, flatter pillows. No matter how much you twist and turn, your neck muscles are bound to become strained and headaches will ensue, making it difficult to get in those much needed Zzz’s.
That’s why we advise, regardless of sleep position, that your pillow cradles your head, shoulders, and neck, providing the extra support you need. It’s not rocket science – it’s what you deserve!
In a love-hate relationship with your bed?
The thing coming between you and a good night’s sleep might just be the thin layer of material between you and your mattress. Sometimes the signs are visible: the fabric has lost its softness, the cotton is pilling, or there are noticeable stains, tears, or frayed edges. Other times they’re not: over time, bedding naturally builds up bacteria from your sweat and skin cells, which may cause adverse reactions in some people. We wouldn’t want you starting the new year with any bad ‘omens,’ especially ones that can be easily solved.
Whether you’ve had the same bedding for years or just need a simple refresh, new bedding can offer you a clean start to the new year. Plus new bedding, especially if the fabric is high quality, can have a drastic effect on your ability to relax and enjoy your sleep. We advise sourcing long-staple cotton sheets like they do at 5-star luxury hotels, which are breathable and 4x stronger than regular cotton.
Now it’s your turn – give your mattress, pillow, and bedding the necessary attention during your spring clean. Happy New Year, and good luck ushering in the new!