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7 Signs That It’s Time for a New Mattress

Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner in North America, which means the bulk of us are about to get an extra hour of sleep, and if you’re anything like us you’re going to cherish that extra hour like it was the Holy Grail.

Unfortunately, not everyone is going to get to enjoy their hour like they should, and that’s due to one little problem: their mattress.

The length of a mattresses life depends on many factors, such as how often it’s used, to the quality of its craftsmanship. Usually it’s somewhere between 6 and 10 years, but how are you really to know if it’s time to replace your mattress?

Well, luckily we’re here with some things to look out for that will let you know if the reason you’re not getting a good night’s sleep is your bed. If any of these apply to you, it might be time for a new mattress.

1. ACHES AND PAINS

You know that pesky back pain you wake up with every morning that disappears once your day gets going? Yeah, chances are that’s because of your mattress.

According to The Sleep Council, “If you wake up with aches and pains which disappear over the course of the day, it is probably time to change your bed.”

Over time, your mattress loses its luster, and no longer provides your body with the support it needs. So if you’re waking up every morning feeling sore, you might want to think about getting a new mattress.

Bonus Tip: Don’t go for something too soft. A mattress that might feel good in the store for a few minutes doesn’t necessarily translate well over the course of an 8-hour rest period. Try to get something a little firmer than you’re used to so your body can get a good night’s rest.

2. WAKING UP TIRED

You know the feeling, right? Even though you just slept for a full 8-hours, you still wake up dragging your feet and feeling lethargic. Newsflash: this isn’t normal. The purpose of a good quality mattress is to allow you to drift off into a restful, and rejuvenating slumber. Sure, you might be getting lots of sleep, but if you’re still tired in the morning, it could be because your mattress is sagging, or hitting pressure points on your body that prevents it from getting the rest it needs. If this is you, hit the store STAT and find a new bed.

3. TOSSING AND TURNING

We don’t think about this one too much because let’s face it, everyone tosses and turns in their sleep sometimes. However, if it’s something that prevents you from falling asleep right away, that means your body isn’t finding the position it needs to calm your mind and relax your muscles enough to make you sleepy. This is either because your mattress is sagging, hitting pressure points, or is either too soft or too firm. Regardless, to solve this issue you’re probably going to need a new mattress.

4. LUMPY BED

Lumps in your bed happen when the padding inside your mattress shifts around, thus causing an uneven density that makes it feel like you’ve got a big rock stuck in the wrong place. These are especially common in poor quality mattresses, but they do happen to everyone as the years go on. Once they’ve appeared, there’s no going back, and it’s time to switch up for a new on that is lump free.

5. BAD IMPRESSION

If you ever wake up to find a big impression in your mattress where your body was, it’s definitely time for a new one. It means the padding inside has completely deteriorated and shifted so much that your bed is proving your body with virtually no support. No support means aches and pains, feeling tired all the time, and any number of health problems that can arise from lack of sleep. If that’s you, get a new mattress ASAP, because no one needs that kind of negativity in their life.

6. THE ROLL UP

If you share your bed with someone and the two of you constantly find yourselves rolling toward one another every single night, it’s because your mattress is sagging, and the support it’s supposed to provide is zilch thanks to an uneven distribution of weight. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s also annoying because hello? Personal space, anyone?

7. BEST SLEEP EVER

If the best sleep you’ve had in a long time is the result of a bed that isn’t your own, it’s definitely time for a new mattress. Whether it’s in a hotel room, or staying overnight at a friend’s house, if someone else’s bed is giving your body the support your own doesn’t provide, then there’s no doubt that your own needs to be replaced.

There’s no need for a nights rest that leaves you feeling tired, sore, or cranky. Everyone deserves R&R in a comfortable bed that will leave you feeling completely satisfied the next morning, so if any of the signs above point to you, then we recommend looking into getting a new mattress. It can be a costly endeavor, for sure, but the cost is nothing compared to the benefits it will have on your body, and mind.

10 Last Minute Halloween Costumes That’ll Leave Them Laughing

It’s the weekend before the spookiest night of the year, and after racking your brain for the last 365 days you still haven’t figured out what you’re going to dress up as. A princess? A vampire? A gelatinous blob hell bent on taking over the city?

All these might seem like good ideas, but really, who has the time to get everything ready, especially if you have some pre-Halloween parties to attend?

Don’t fret, because we’ve scoured the internet for some last minute costume ideas that are simple, creative, fun, and won’t break the bank. You’ll be the hit of the party when you walk in as everyone marvels at your unique (and sometimes odd) costume choice.

So without further ado, here are some last minute dress-up tips that are sure to get some laughs.

1. PIGS IN A BLANKET

Some wee little piggy ears, an egg carton nose, and a blanket. Doesn’t get much easier than that, does it? Talk about a costume guaranteed to turn some heads.

2. FORK IN THE ROAD

A dark sweater and some masking tape is the basis for this creative costume, but the pièce de résistance is the fork tied around your neck that really drives the idea home.

3. GRAPES

At a loss for a good costume idea? This one utilizes your regular clothing, and a package of balloons. Just stick the balloons on with tape, or if your wearing some old clothes feel free to glue or staple then on, and you’re good to go. You’re a bundle of grapes!

4. IDENTITY THEFT

Again, this one uses nothing but your own clothing and a package of those HELLO MY NAME IS stickers. Pen in some different names and stick ’em on, and you’ve got the ultimate DIY Halloween costume that’ll get a lot of laughs.

5. FORMAL APOLOGY

If you don’t mind getting a little dressed up this year, feel free to put on your best duds and make a sign to hang around your neck that says I’M SORRY. When people ask you what you’re supposed to be, the look on their face will be priceless.

6. DEVILED EGG

You’ll look good enough to eat in this costume, and it’s so easy to make. A pair of devil horns, and a white shirt with a big yellow blob either drawn right onto the material, or you can use a piece of bristol board and some tape. Either way, it’ll take you no time to get ready.

7. WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS…

…you make lemonade. Like you’re doing with this costume after exhausting all your options. Your own clothes, a marker, and a bag of lemons. Presto! That’s all it takes to transform yourself into this creative idea.

8. LOW BUDGET SUPERHERO

This one might seem like you’ve completely given up on the idea of dressing up this year, but c’mon, how many of us have always dreamt of being superheroes, but can never afford that lifestyle? Well now you don’t have to with, and with a garbage bag and some duck tape you can save the city on a budget the only way you know how…by making people laugh.

9. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN

Got some blue scrubs lying around? No? Not to worry, pick some up cheap at your local Walmart, and stick some cotton balls all over yourself. Then, carry around a spray bottle filled with water and when people ask you about your costume, give them a spritz.

10. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

If you have absolutely zero time to get to the store, or you’re at a complete loss for ideas, then this costume is for you. Simple, effective, and it let’s people know that hey, at least you tried.

See, you don’t have to drive yourself nuts looking all over for a costume this year. With a little elbow grease and some creativity, you can come up with your own silly idea. While everyone is running around wearing Halloween makeup that’ll be a pain to get off, and an uncomfortable get-up that cost too much, you can feel relaxed in your own clothes, and be the envy of all those around you.

Cleaning in a Flash: How to Speed Clean Your Bathroom

With the weekend in the rearview, it’s time to turn our attention to the week ahead and all the chores we have to do around the house. Some are big, some are small, and while some might take up a lot of your time, there’s some that don’t have to.

Take the bathroom, for example. When it comes to cleaning, you never want to skip out on getting as much dirt and grime off as you can, but unless a tornado has blown through your place, chances are you can get by with a quick speed clean that’ll do the job just as effectively as if you were to get down on your hands and knees with a toothbrush and some disinfectant.

Want some tips? Good, because we’re going to show you just how easy it is to speed clean your bathroom on a Monday morning so you can start the week off right in the freshest room in the house.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Microfiber cloths or some paper towels.
  • Glass cleaner
  • Disinfecting cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Empty bucket

STEP ONE

Spritz the bathroom mirror with your favorite glass cleaner and give it a wipe with your paper towels or microfiber cloth. When you’re done, toss the cloth or towels in the empty bucket.

STEP TWO

Spray the disinfecting cleaner inside and outside your sink, then do the same with the toilet. Make sure you get the bowl, the toilet lid, and all around the outside of it. From there, spritz down your tub or shower, then let that disinfectant spray sit for a moment while you move on to other matters.

STEP THREE

Squirt some toilet bowl cleaner inside the toilet and let it go to work for a while before you come back to it.

STEP FOUR

Take this moment to empty your wastebasket and replace the old bag with a new one. Even if there’s not a lot of trash in there, it’s best to nip this task in the bud early before you find the basket overflowing later on in the week.

STEP FIVE

Now that the disinfectant spray has had a chance to kill off all those germs, go back to your sink, toilet, and tub with a fresh microfiber cloth or paper towels, and give them a good wipe down. Make sure you use a separate cloth/paper towels for each one. When finished, toss everything in the bucket.

STEP SIX

Take your toilet brush and give the inside of that bowl a quick but thorough scrubbing. When you’ve done that, flush the toilet and move on.

STEP SEVEN

Bask in the glory that is a freshly cleaned bathroom.

Not so hard, is it? Of course we’re talking speed cleaning here, so you’re not going to scrub or mop the floors during this time. The goal is to clean and refresh your bathroom, while saving some of the bigger tasks like mopping for later on in the week, when you have the time to mop all your floors at once.

For now, you have a sanitized bathroom that took you less than fifteen minutes to clean, giving you more time to do the things that matter in life, like have a second cup of coffee, because let’s be honest: it wouldn’t be a Monday without at least two cups of coffee, right?

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