At the end of a hard day, there is nothing quite so wonderful as slipping into bed and dozing off to the land of dreams. It’s something we all look forward to as the evening wears on, and if the number of people who have trouble getting up in the morning is anything to go by, bed is something we don’t want to let go of when the sun rises.

But there could be problems with this perfect-sounding scenario.

The bed you are happily crawling into at night could be making you ill.

Not a nice thought, is it?

But if you’re waking up feeling as tired as when you went to bed, or if your muscles are aching, or if you have a headache amongst various other ailments that can’t be put down to any one cause, your bed could be to blame.

Amazingly, we spend about a third of our lives lying in bed, so choosing the right one is essential. It’s important for our health and our comfort, plus our bedrooms are pretty special places – we want them to look good too.

The Mattress

Think your mattress is heavy when you first buy it and lug it up the stairs? Wait 10 years and then try to do it again – you’ll find that that mattress is now about twice as heavy. That’s thanks to all the dust mites, bed bugs, and skin cells that have made a home there. These little guys are responsible for creating breathing problems which can turn into full blown asthma, for example. And if you’re allergic, that hayfever you wake up with might not be hayfever at all – it could be the bed bugs having their wicked way with you at night.


Turning your mattress on a monthly basis is a great start, but you’ll also want to clean it properly too to ensure that the little critters living there have been completely wiped out. The best way to do this is to use a steam cleaner. Strip the bed completely so that the bare mattress is lying on the bed frame. Then use the steamer to clean the mattress itself. Leave the whole thing to air for a couple of hours, and then remake the bed. It will smell fresh and feel lovely.

Speaking of cleaning, you bedding should be changed once a fortnight at least – if you do this there won’t be so many skin cells for the bugs to feast on, and they won’t hang around for long.

After five to six years it is recommended that you get a new mattress, though – these things can only survive for so long. Once they start to age they won’t give you the support that they once did, and this can lead to back pain and muscle fatigue.

The Bed Frame

Sleeping in the wrong bed can cause depression, mood swings, poor memory, confusion, headaches, general irritability and – surprisingly – an increased risk of diabetes. It’s not good at all. You need a quality bed, such as the ones you can find at Sleeping on a Bedstar bed will give you the best shot at being healthy when you wake up.

An old, worn, tired bed frame can cause just as many problems as a dirty, old mattress can. All that creaking and squeaking whenever you move is not conducive to a good night’s sleep – even if it doesn’t wake you up, you will hear it subconsciously, and it will affect the quality of your sleep. And guess what else affects the quality of your sleep? A bed that breaks and collapses beneath you because it is poor quality. Never good.

So a good mattress and a quality bed are essential for your health. It could make all the difference to you.