There’s nothing better than purchasing a brand new mattress, climbing in at night, or immediately for a cheeky nap, and enjoying each and every night thereafter ache and pain free. But what happens to your old mattress? Sure you could try selling it on marketplace, but those odds are not exactly in your favour. And a 10-year old, or perhaps older, mattress given to a friend that’s recently moved out or passed down to your kids as an ‘upgrade’ probably won’t go down too well. So, that leaves us with the last resort – hard rubbish collection. Or does it?
Since 2010, Soft Landing has been collecting and recycling old mattresses to help divert unnecessary waste from landfill, while recycling essential components to create new products and help create hundreds of jobs along the way. In fact, for every 35 mattresses that are collected and recycled by Soft Landing, they can create a job for someone who needs one. Which means that up to 65% of revenue made by the business goes to wages of people who experience barriers to employment and in turn, promotes economic growth within these local communities.
As a not-for-profit social enterprise, Soft Landing is governed by four key business objectives including; providing employment and training for local people who have experienced barriers, to protect the environment, support local communities and to be self-sustaining and cable of growth – and it’s fair to say these core values have never wavered even despite an unprecedented year combatting plant fires, machinery failures and even a global pandemic!
Soft Landing General Manager, Chris Richards, exemplifies their resolute mission statement in the 2020 Annual Report when referring to their core workforce growth of 50% stating, “while we are thrilled to provide so many employment and training opportunities for people who need them, we must continue to shape our operating model in the year ahead to futureproof our business.”
Just take a look at some of these numbers! Since the very beginning Soft Landing has diverted 7.3K tonnes of waste from landfill, recycled 465K mattresses and provided 220 employment opportunities across the country for people in need. And SleepMaker has been there every step of the way, witnessing this unprecedented growth as a Founding Member and continued Product Stewardship member of the programme.
That’s right! SleepMaker recognised a dire need to help reduce the amount of mattresses from ending up in landfill when they reach their ‘end of life’, especially when the internal components can be repurposed to create a wide range of new household products. To put this into perspective, Soft Landing is able to recycle up to 75% of internal mattresses components, with the steel springs being used to create roof sheeting, foam converted into carpet underlay, timber and husk repurposed into kindling, weed matting, mulch, acoustic panelling and even animal bedding.
At SleepMaker, we can’t recommend how important sustainability and conscious product choices are, not just for our environment but for the future generations to come. It’s just one of the many reasons we use environmentally conscious materials such as TENCEL, GECA-approved products and natural latex, organically sourced from rubber trees, all while ensuring almost every square inch of our mattresses can be recycled and repurposed.
We highly recommend recycling your mattress with Soft Landing, not only to prevent your old bed from ending up in landfill, but to help create employment for disadvantaged Australians, and with recycling sites in Victoria, Sydney, ACT, Queanbeyan, Newcastle, WA, Illawarra and the city of Armadale, WA, booking a collection from your home has never been easier.
For online bookings:
Head to https://www.softlanding.com.au/online-bookings
Select your location
Agree to the T&Cs
Fill in your details
Confirm payment and wait for information regarding your collection day
Once confirmed, place your mattress/es on your nature strip by 6am on the day of collection
And that’s it!
There are drop-off points available for your old mattress/es if you’d prefer a manual disposal method.
When summer is in full swing, our focus is on picnics, days lounging on the beach and tasty iced treats. But hot weather has a downside too, we’re talking about when intense heat and humidity combine and make it impossible to sit comfortably – let alone sleep through the night!
A vast majority of Australians say their sleep quality and traditional sleeping habits are affected by the weather, with many losing sleep due to overheating and waking up in the night because of the heat.
In order for us to get a good night’s sleep, there needs to be a fractional temperature difference between our body and our brain – a warm body and a cool head. When the outdoor temperature rises and sneaks its way inside, it becomes difficult to get a good night’s sleep but there are plenty of things you can do to beat the heat.
We’ve compiled our top 5 tips to sleep better in summer below.
It’s important to consider not just the amount of clothing that you wear to bed, but the materials the clothing is made of as well. Some materials, such as cotton, breathe much better than other materials, such as polyester or lycra. When your clothing doesn’t breathe it holds in the temperature and will continue to keep you warm throughout the night.
If this causes you to be too hot while you sleep, you should consider something that may be specifically designed for sleeping, helps wick sweat and moisture away from the skin and doesn’t hug the body – aim for loose fitting clothing.
If the air in your bedroom stops flowing, you can overheat while you are sleeping. If your bedroom isn’t equipped with an air conditioner, be that portable or fixed, try adding either a floor or a ceiling fan to circulate the air through your room.
This can help to prevent you from overheating while you sleep and for an extra benefit, you could aim the fan close to your bed so you feel the cool air as it circulates around your room.
If you use the same duvet or comforter year-round, now is the time to re-evaluate. You should have a lightweight blanket for the warmer months and something a little heavier for the colder months. Every inch of your bedding is critical in keeping you comfortable while you sleep. From your mattress topper to your pillow, and every sheet and quilt cover in between, they all play their part in keeping you cool for a good night’s rest. It is possible, however, that a top sheet may be enough in the summertime – providing they’re highly breathable.
The material your sheets are made out of can also influence your comfort while you sleep. Cotton, as with your PJs, breathes much better than flannel, nylon or satin sheets. Consider a breathable mattress protector to circulate airflow and feel cooler.
Sleepmaker has a specially designed bedding range crafted from TENCEL® which is naturally moisture wicking and breathable. Discover the 24/7 Collection today.
Everything from your smartphone charger to your TV generates ambient heat. Now we know it can be tricky to downright impossible to waking up in the morning without your phone alarm, but our best advice (and a good habit to get into) is to either turn your phone off before bed, or to charge your device in another room.
And as for a TV, well… you shouldn’t really have one in the bedroom to start with but if you do, turn off the power at the wall and ensure it’s off (or not on at all) after 7pm as it will take a while to cool down internally, and in turn, continue to heat up your bedroom in the process.
Despite the beautiful picturesque sky outside, you want to keep your curtains and blinds closed in summer as much as possible. This is called ‘passive cooling’ and helps to stop heat from entering your bedroom altogether. And if you have blackout blinds/curtains, and there’s a nice cool breeze outside, try opening your windows and leaving your blinds/curtains shut so they can serve as a shield from hot sun, whilst allowing the breeze to cool your room.
If you’ve tried all of the above sleeping tips and you still can’t get to sleep during summer, these outside the box tips from SleepFoundation could be the cooling solution you’ve been looking for!
Working full time, eating dinner and spending time with loved ones can really hamper our exercise/gym timeframe, and just before bed seems like the only viable option. However, did you know that exercising close to bedtime can cause your body temperature to spike? This can make it more difficult to fall asleep at your desired time.
Try exercising at lunchtime or in the morning as it can be very beneficial to sleep. Exercise helps to expend energy and helps you feel more tired in the evening. However, exercising close to bedtime can cause your body temperature to spike. This can make it easier to fall asleep naturally at your preferred bedtime.
While lying in a tub of hot water might not sound like fun on a hot night, this can actually help you cool down before bed 7pm. Hot baths are the most beneficial if taken prior to but not immediately before bedtime. Your body temperature will decrease after you leave the bath as your body adapts to the cooler environment. As an added bonus, baths promote feelings of relaxation that can help you fall asleep more quickly – throw is some Epsom salts or essential oils such as lavender to truly decompress.
Not going to lie, we had to do a double-take when we saw this one – but it actually works! For extra cooling when you go to sleep, place your pillowcase in the freezer in the evening and put it on your pillow before getting into bed.
If there was ever a year when we all needed some time off, it’s 2020. Through all the lockdowns, ever-changing restrictions, home and office blending into one, daily Zoom meetings just to catch up with family and friends, let alone an extremely out of sync body clock – there’s never been a better time to relax, unwind and get some sleep.
Now before you go and delete every alarm on your phone or bring the TV into the bedroom for some lengthy Netflix sessions, we’d like to emphasise the importance of getting enough sleep to maximise your holidays.
‘But the holidays are for sleeping in and celebrating? I don’t understand.’ Believe us when we say, we hear you. Sleeping in and staying up late are hard to avoid when it comes to time off, but without a dedicated sleep schedule you can end up requiring another holiday from the one you just had – and how many times have you said that?
So, what do you need to do to get enough sleep and maximise your holiday? Well, we’ve enlisted the help of Sleep Education and compiled 14 expert tips to help you relax, unwind and recharge without missing out on the festivities.
Do your best to keep a consistent sleep schedule. Here’s a tip – Get up at the same time every day, even on weekends or during the holidays.
Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
One of the biggest mistakes we all make, don’t go to bed unless you are sleepy. Here’s a tip – try reading a book or going for a late night walk until you feel tired.
If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, get out of bed. Don’t just lie there and hope for the best, get up and get your mind or body moving – repeat the tip above.
Establish a relaxing bedtime routine. Brushing your teeth before bed, turning on your rock salt lamp, stretching before climbing into bed – check, check, check.
Use your bed only for sleep and sex. Don’t eat in bed guys.
Make your bedroom quiet and relaxing. Keep the room at a comfortable, cool temperature.
Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings. Here’s a tip – if you primarily work on a computer use a blue light filter program to ease eye strain.
Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Better yet remove them from the room entirely – if you can.
Don’t eat a large meal before bedtime. If you are hungry at night, eat a light, healthy snack.
Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
Avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon or evening. Morning coffees are all you need.
Avoid consuming alcohol before bedtime.
Reduce your fluid intake before bedtime. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom is actually a bigger concern to your sleep quality than you think.
And if you’re not sure where to start, Sleep Education have provided this downloadable Sleep Diary where you can input the time you went to sleep and woke up, if you had any medicine or caffeinated beverages and whether it was a work day, weekend or time off, to help start off on the right track.
Summer is finally here & now’s the time to start bringing a bit of nature into your bedroom decor.
Flowers give you that floral aesthetic with lovely lingering scents for your sleep sanctuary.
However, this season it’s all about adding plants and greenery into your bedroom that don’t just look good, they also help purify and clean the air while you sleep.
NASA famously released a Clean Air Study on plants that can absorb harmful chemicals and pollutants, as well as purify the air in your home. Did you know that on average, we spend 33 years of our lifetime in bed? That’s approximately 12,045 days! That’s why sleeping & relaxing in a healthy environment has never been more important.
Here’s our top 10 air-purifying plants for your bedroom.
This low maintenance plant is great for the bedroom because it thrives, even when you forget to water it. The humble Peace Lily also helps filter the indoor air & increases the levels of humidity that help you breathe better and ultimately sleep better. It looks lovely in a bedroom with shiny leaves and big white bracts but also can survive without sunlight.
Also known as Mother In-Law’s Tongue, the Snake Plant is great for night time oxygen production – so perfect for the bedroom. While it’s oxygen-giving, this slick indoor plant also purifies toxins from your household air including; benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
This was one of Nasa’s top picks for air-purifying plants in your bedroom because it helps rid the air of formaldehyde and benzene found in varnishes, floor finishes and detergents. Plus this succulent is known for its healing abilities with the sap being applied to burns. It loves a sunny spot but doesn’t require too much watering – just not one for the bedside table if you want to avoid being pricked by its leaves.
The Ficus Robusta or Rubber Plant is a popular house plant because it requires minimal care to keep it alive – under watering is better than over watering in its case. In NASA’s study it found the Rubber Plant is the perfect addition to the bedroom because its large shiny leaves absorb airborne chemicals and break them down. That includes carbon dioxide, which the Rubber Plant converts to breathable oxygen as well as eliminating bacteria and mould spores in the air. This plant can reach around 2.4m so make sure there’s room for it in your bedroom.
Add some soft elegance to your bedroom with a Boston Fern. They look beautiful cascading over shelves or in hanging baskets. Looks and they’re air-purifying, known to remove more harmful formaldehyde than any other plant. Keep them away from cats, they like to nibble the ends & you’ll need to ensure they’re watered regularly and kept in a cool place with a high level of humidity and away from direct sunlight.
A stunning palm to decorate your bedroom but behind the scenes this plant helps remove dangerous chemicals in the air. It’s a plant biologically engineered to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but also purifies your sleeping environment by removing dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
Definitely the prettiest plant for your bedroom because it flowers, however it does so much more. Pop one by your bed because a Gerbera Daisy is known for its ability to produce high oxygen levels at night while removing harmful chemicals including trichloroethylene & benzene.
These plants are commonly seen in Aussie homes for good reason. Once again, they are perfect for green finger newbies who tentatively want to bring greenery into their homes but aren’t sure how to take care of them. The Spider Plant is a simple bedroom decoration but it packs a punch in the fight against toxins. It’s one of the few house plants that is non-toxic to animals & helps eliminate toxins like carbon monoxide and xylene – a solvent used in the printing and rubber industries.
One of our most common household plants is actually one of the best to pull harmful toxins like formaldehyde & benzene from the air in your home, while admitting high levels of oxygen. The Chinese have known this for years, where it’s very popular – hence the plant’s name. It’s great in full shade and only needs to be watered occasionally.
Another popular plant here in Australia both indoors and outdoors. Inside your home, and specifically in your bedroom US research has shown that it can remove 78% of airborne mould in just 12 hours. This is good news for anyone suffering from allergies.
Smell the roses. Smell the coffee. Whatever it is that makes you happy.
The fragrance of your bedroom can affect your mood, sleep and ultimately your happiness. After all, no one wants to drift off to la-la land with the odour of dirty socks permeating their nostrils, right?
Engaging the senses, like colour and smell, could be the key to giving you a good night’s sleep – that and a good bed obviously! We’ve got a few tips on smells, scents and fragrances that can keep your boudoir fresh as well as help with sleep.
Easily distinguished by their daisy-like appearance, these tiny flowers offer a sweet, herbaceous scent, that will have you thinking you’re smelling apples instead – perfect for spring. You’ve probably heard of having a cup of chamomile tea before bed to help you sleep and soothe nervous tension, but did you know that the scent alone can offer the same benefits.
Here’s a handy tip! Create your very own meditative environment by creating a chamomile room spray. Simply dilute the essential oil in some water, add more drops for added strength, and fill the room with calming serenity. It can even be sprayed directly onto the skin to help calm skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn or varicose veins.
Probably THE most popular smell that’s synonymous with sleep. It’s in everything from teas to face creams because for centuries it’s been used to help alleviate anxiety. Many researchers have found it helps also with insomnia, restlessness and depression. You can try a lavender fabric softener when you wash your sheets or dryer sheets.
Or try adding a couple of drops of lavender essential oils to your unscented detergent. One of our Facebook friends even said she had pots of lavender growing under her washing line and would hang her sheets over them to absorb some of the smell. A vase of fresh lavender will spread the aroma around your bedroom or you could use an oil diffuser.
The smell of vanilla often evokes thoughts of baking, food or your nana’s kitchen and maybe that’s why it’s considered to be a stress relieving scent. It’s shown to have a positive effect on your mood and has been used in antidepressants.
Therefore, the fragrance has been linked to creating the perfect environment for sleep so ideal for the bedroom. Try it as a pillow spray before you go to bed or lightly spray it on your eye mask at night if you wear one to cut out the light. Vanilla is a popular fragrance for sleep candles (but don’t fall asleep with them) or in oil diffusers as well as for washing detergents & softeners.
Two very floral scents that are known to reduce stress and anxiety and help you sleep.
They may be too overpowering as an aroma to come, but can leave your bedroom with that beautiful smell alongside the visual appeal if you are using fresh cut flowers. Popular in candles, diffusers and essential oils – you can lightly spray either scent on your pillow before you go to bed.
Citrus isn’t something you necessarily equate with falling asleep. To some it might conjure up thoughts of cleaning products but that’s because its bright and uplifting smells are best to help you get up in the morning. Old wives’ tales talk about leaving a piece of lemon by your bed to help with stress and anxiety but also to improve your cognitive function.
These cheery fragrances are thought to help with your memory, concentration and mental activity during the day. These scents are often available in candles, wall plug-ins and oil diffusers.
We recently had a woman contact us about her parents old mattress that had become surplus to requirements after they moved into a retirement home.
Turns out they bought the bed the year they got married – 1951. They purchased the mattress before the Beatles & well before Rod Laver became a global tennis phenomenon.
That this couple endured 69 years on a double mattress (made of fibre wadding and coconut husks) begs the question: How often should you replace your mattress? A lifetime, 20 years, 10 years?
We recommend replacing your mattress every 8-10 years and it’s not just because we’ve got a vested interest to sell you another. There are real reasons and they centre around your health & wellbeing.
So when is it time to invest in a new mattress & more importantly why?
Your mattress serves as more than just a place to sleep. It can sometimes serve as the hub of the home.
There’s the kids, sleeping animals, watching television, reading emails, sick days, eating breakfast, quenching your thirst in the middle of the night and of course, sex.
So at the very least, to protect your bed investment from the start – get a waterproof mattress protector. A small outlay for significant returns.
Dust mites are going to make your mattress their home over time. They love warm humid environments & they feed off dead skin so your mattress is their utopia.
An Ohio State University study found that a used mattress might have as many as 100,000 to 10 million mites inside. A typical person sheds as much as 5.7 grams of dead skin a week – so there’s plenty to feast on.
These mites can trigger allergies, not to mention live inside your mattress and it’s pretty hard to get rid of them. The bad news is they aren’t just in the mattress but will live on top of your bedding.
You can help keep them at bay – wash your sheets regularly in a hot wash 40℃ or more and vacuum the surface of your mattress to hoover up dead skin cells and dust.
There’s a common misnomer out there in bed land that after 10 years, your mattress weighs twice as much as it was when you purchased it. We’re disputing that one – yes, a mattress possibly weighs a little more with moisture, dust, skin cells and the aforementioned creatures above but it’s unlikely to double in weight. The 69-year-old double mattress that came back to us this month weighed 40kg.
However, it contains heavy coconut fibre that is no longer used to make beds anymore and as a truly upcycled mattress – the comfort layers were made of fibre wadding formed from leftover pieces of clothing scraps gathered up and delivered to us.
An equivalent new double mattress today goes out of our factory at approximately 27kg.
So if we haven’t convinced you with what’s living in your mattress to replace your aging bed then consider the materials used to make it and how they degenerate over time.
Back to our 69 year old mattress – it doesn’t have foam inside it, foam wasn’t available back then, just the cotton wadding for comfort.
Foam, as comfortable and soft as it is – is the ingredient inside your mattress that won’t perform as well after 8-10 years of you sleeping on it.
Most of our warranties typically cover 10 years and we encourage you to register your bed with us for peace of mind.
Over a decade you’ll clock up nearly 30,000 sleep hours on your mattress. Over time, foam doesn’t bounce back to its original shape – the denser the foam the longer it will last over time.
Beds are a bit like a pair of running shoes – you can still run in them but eventually they lose their rigidity, shape and tread.
However, with a bed – rotating your mattress when it’s new and then periodically over time will help extend your bed’s life.
So if you’ve come to the conclusion that maybe it’s time to replace your mattress, first try our sleep selector to find out your ideal bed.
This year’s been a doozy hasn’t it? With a lot going on, you’ve been a wife, mother, teacher, not to mention a work-from-home multi-tasking all-round legend. So, this year’s Father’s Day gift – while carefully disguised as a cool DIY project for your other half – should be something you’ll appreciate too. So here’s FIVE ways for you to both enjoy a bedroom makeover. To help you along, we’ve partnered with Bunnings to give 3 lucky winners a $50 voucher so all you’ll need to do is make him a cup of tea. Enter here.
It’s spring, so a new season and a new look for the bedroom and what changes it completely without knocking down walls than a lick of fresh paint? Selling this gift in as a Father’s Day present is easy. Firstly give him paint samples (of the colours YOU want obviously).
If he’s not too sure on how to actually paint a bedroom, not a problem – there’s plenty of online tools to help or there’s always Painting for Dummies. Since the global pandemic, the colour palette trends for bedrooms are now all about mood-boosting. So think lilacs, blush pink, ice blue or lemon yellow. Chuck in some brushes, drop sheets, drip trays for Father’s Day and your other half should be ready to paint your bedroom in a hue of your choice.
Time to get lit up! Sometimes, the biggest ways to change your bedroom decor & esthetic are the cheapest. That reading light for him, ultimately comes in a pair so… a light for you. When it comes to dust-gathering chunky bedside lamps – these are little passé for 2020. Plus they tend to fill up bedside tables and leave no room for anything else. As your bedroom is a place to relax and unwind, lighting isn’t so much just about illumination but also about setting a tone. Pendant lights & wall sconces or wall lamps are a way to throw some light up and down the wall & reduce the clutter beside your bed at the same time. Depending on whether you’re replacing an existing wall fitting or it’s a new installation – you’ll likely need an electrician for the job to adhere to current Australian legislation.
Now this is a trend we can definitely get on board with! Actually buying Australian Made quality bedding is always in style. However, in 2020 the emphasis is on less is more. Put simply, don’t wedge in a giant cheap mattress into your bedroom with minimal space for anything else. Instead, go for a smaller sized mattress and invest in the quality rather than quantity. Try our sleep-selector to see which mattress might best be suited to your sleep situation.
Nothing says ‘Happy Father’s Day’ more than a trip to your nearest SleepMaker stockist to test a few mattresses. Or you could casually send him an email about mattress specials he could purchase online. Now the seed is planted, his actual gift should be a bedding accessory – which let’s face it – will really be for you. Fancy new pillows, a doona or fresh crisp white sheets are perfect.
This year is all about greenery in the bedroom – not the faux kind, the real stuff. Choose indoor plants that help filter the air in your bedroom as well as adding a touch of nature to your bedroom decor. The Snake Plant has the NASA tick of approval as one of its Top 10 air-purifying plants plus it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen at night. Go heavy on the NASA accreditation & science when gifting him this plant, and the fact its nickname is the Mother- In-Law’s Tongue.
Perhaps the most cost-effective option is also the most fun and definitely personal. In 2020 – bedroom decoration is all about bespoke pieces that centre around you & your loved ones.
Art is one area that you can let your creative juices flow. Steer away from chunky solid framed department store prints and look through your digital archives to see if there might be something for your other half that would personlise the bedroom. Try putting old photos of travel memories, family members on canvas or even their favourite sayings immortalised in art.
Looking after your back is a given – it’s literally holding you up if you’ve ever suffered from back pain you will know the debilitating affect it can have on your overall health and wellbeing.
SleepMaker sat down with Dr David Kay from Dynamic Chiropractic to talk about four easy and quick ways you can look at loving your back & keeping it happy before you encounter any serious pain.
This is potentially one of the most crucial areas when it comes to preventing major back problems in the future. Keep moving because a sedentary spine is an unhappy spine according to Dr Kay.
Your regime might be as simple as lying down on the floor and gently bringing your knees to your chest one at a time through to attending yoga classes or pilates centre around core & strength.
This sounds pretty simple – yet many of us continue to sleep on a mattress that might have seen better days or it isn’t the right sleep solution for your needs.
Our Miracoil range is endorsed by Sports Chiropractic Australia (SCA) because of its continuous coil design that’s designed to give you great back support while you sleep. Discover the Miracoil range of back support mattresses today.
But also, what pillow you sleep on each night is going to add to that support and keep your spine in good alignment. It depends on whether you like to sleep on your tummy, side or your back as to what sort of profile pillow you should choose to give you that neck comfort and support.
“People often come to see us when the wheels have totally fallen off, they’re beyond help and they’ve come to us hoping for the lifesaver,” says Dr Kay. But he recommends you see a chiropractor to manage your health holistically and look at preventative care.
A chiro can look at your body & spinal column to see if there’s any pressing issues that may not be causing you any problems now, but may be detrimental to your future health.
Is your spine properly aligned, do you have any ongoing health issues that may be linked? These are all questions a good chiropractor will investigate. Think of your time with them as quality investment in your health and wellbeing.
This isn’t just a message for the kids – this is directed at everyone who cranes their necks for long periods of time staring at our devices. Tech neck can cause you serious problems down the line, says Dr Kay.
When you are looking at your device, your back is hunched, your neck tilted forward and your shoulders curved & that ultimately puts pressure on your spine. So dump the device as often as you can and practice good posture because your back’s long term future is at stake, he says.
During winter it can feel like we’re spending a lot more time in bed, warmly tucked up from the cold outside. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean we are getting good quality sleep when there are shorter days and longer nights.
Winter nights can play havoc with our sleep patterns. Of course it depends on where you live in Australia, however there are ways to improve our sleep when the mercury plummets.
Cooler weather means your body temperature drops so that in turn urges you to eat more. Research suggests it’s our primitive impulses prompting us to build calories for winter.
But eating heavy meals before bedtime is never a good thing. Our bodies slow down their functions at night to prepare us for sleep and that includes digestion. So a lighter meal is better to help you sleep.
We generally sleep better in cooler weather but you don’t want to be so cold that your body is working hard to redistribute blood to the torso and protecting and maintaining warmth to your vital organs. This keeps you awake.
As a rule, our SleepMaker product design team recommends you sleep in a room temperature between 18-21℃ for optimal sleep. You may also find that Kulkote technology – which comes in selected SleepMaker models could help for heat regulation. It uniquely senses how you sleep – hot or cold.
Don’t stop exercising in winter in favour of binge-watching Netflix. Research continuously shows that people who regularly exercise, sleep better and sometimes fall asleep sooner with a quality sleep.
Try a fitness tracker to motivate you to get off the couch or if you’re finding it too hard to get outdoors in the weather then there are plenty of virtual workouts to try.
No one wants to sleep on a cold damp mattress – it’s unhealthy. Make sure your bed is away from exterior walls and off the ground to restrict the growth of mold and mildew which makes for an uncomfortable sleep and will ruin your mattress. Add a mattress protector to your bed to keep it dry and protected from damp.
An electric blanket on your bed will warm up your mattress and dry it out before bedtime. Just remember to turn it off before you sleep. And who doesn’t love the surprise of pulling down your bed sheets to find someone has lovingly slipped a hot water bottle in there to warm up the mattress?
They’re great for little ones but don’t use boiling water to prevent burning. Having a warm shower or bath before you hit the hay is scientifically considered to help you sleep.
In his popular book, Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker says you increase your deep sleep by 10-15% if you have a hot shower or bath before bed. The warm water initially gives you that flushed warm glow as the blood rushes around to the body’s extremities. Actually, this reduces your core body temperature and consequently you fall asleep quicker because your core is colder.
From our humble beginnings to present day, the SleepMaker story has remained the same. We’ve always been passionate about taking the best of what Australia has to offer, and turning it into the best night’s sleep for all Australians.
We’re a house of proud local brands with world-leading innovations and technologies in bedding, and can offer something to suit every customer need and budget.
Our story started over 80 years ago, and while the materials used to make our mattresses may have changed, our commitment to sourcing the best local materials and hand making each and every mattress here in Australia, hasn’t changed one bit.
Today, SleepMaker is the only mattress maker in Australia to manufacture its own springs and foam right here at home.
A commitment made decades ago and one we’ve stood firm on throughout the years.
This is because of our genuine belief that while we could buy things cheaper from overseas, we certainly can’t buy better.
From sourcing supplies of steel and fabric through our longstanding local partners, as well as our in-house R&D testing, our commitment and passion for making the best mattresses in Australia has also become an improved way of doing business.
By keeping it local, we can always ensure quality materials, a consistent supply and product testing to strict Australian standards.
So if you’re looking at buying a new mattress, choose a SleepMaker. We’re passionately committed to creating Australia’s best mattresses, and proud to be doing all we can to keep thousands of Australians working.
From our seamstresses, to our couriers, to the retail sales staff; we value the vital roles these Aussies play in keeping SleepMaker moving forward.
Support local, buy SleepMaker Australian made mattresses.
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