In our culture we tend to share our beds with our partners. During sleep an adult will move between 40 to 60 times. We shed skin scales, perspire and take into our beds pollen, bacteria, fungi and mould. All of which can be trapped in a mattress and bedding. Research scientists from Oxford University investigated life in a mattress and found fungi in abund ance plus colonies of house dust mites that survive by scavenging on the debris from sleep.
A progressive build up of this debris can lead to poor sleeping conditions and a disruption of sleeping patterns affecting one partner or both. The recognised barriers to improvements in quality sleep have been listed as:
For Adults, poor sleep can cause:
For Children, poor sleep can cause:
Developing children are most at risk from the affects of poor sleep as they may be unaware of a problem and therefore have no concept of seeking a solution. Many of these children may consider their state as personally 'normal' and suffer in silence. Self-esteem is at risk.
Ideally, a healthy bedroom should have fresh air, clean dry bedding and night clothes, and be situated in an uncluttered room with appropriates reduction of sound and light. Pillows, mattress and duvet should be covered with clinically proven, anti-mite, woven material.
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