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The importance of good Sleep

The utmost Importance of good Sleep

In the buzzing city of Johannesburg, where tranquillity is often interrupted by the restless minds of its inhabitants, lies a tale that resonates with many across the globe. Picture Sarah, a dedicated professional who, after countless sleepless nights, found herself grappling with the burdens of exhaustion. Her journey is not unique. In fact, studies show that 35% of adults worldwide struggle with inadequate sleep, leading to a cascade of detrimental effects on their physical and mental well-being (World Sleep Society, 2022).

The Importance of Quality Sleep:
As we delve into the significance of a good night’s sleep, it becomes evident that its impact extends far beyond mere rejuvenation. Sleep is a cornerstone of overall health, affecting our cognitive function, emotional resilience, and even our ability to maintain a healthy weight. The benefits of quality sleep are profound, contributing to enhanced memory consolidation, reduced stress levels, and improved immune function (Walker, 2017).
Ascot, with its professional advice and staff, serves as a reminder that achieving restful sleep is not just a luxury but a fundamental necessity.
In the pursuit of well-being, it’s crucial to recognize the profound role sleep plays in our lives.

Navigating the Challenges:
For those facing the nightly struggle to find peaceful slumber, the journey to improved sleep may seem elusive. However, understanding the potential benefits can serve as a beacon of hope. Quality sleep is not just about counting hours; it’s about optimizing the time spent in the embrace of the Sandman. Creating a conducive sleep environment, practicing relaxation techniques, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule are steps that pave the way to a more restful night (American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 2021).

The communal gardens of Ascot, where residents find solace in nature, parallel the potential for communal support in our quest for better sleep. Encouragingly, there are resources and professionals ready to guide and assist those in need, offering tailored strategies to overcome sleep obstacles.

In the tapestry of life, the thread of good sleep weaves a story of vitality and resilience. Ascot teaches us that, despite the challenges, there is always a path to serenity. By acknowledging the importance of quality sleep and seeking solutions tailored to individual needs, we can unlock the doors to a more vibrant and fulfilling existence. So, let us embrace the lessons of Ascot and embark on a journey towards restful nights, for in the arms of quality sleep, lies the key to a healthier, happier tomorrow.

Feel free to contact us, it’s the first step toward improving your sleep.

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The Importance Of Orthopaedic Beds And How Ascot Delivers Orthopaedic Excellence

Hospitality Foam Base Set

The Importance Of Orthopaedic Beds And How Ascot Delivers Orthopaedic Excellence

Which is the best orthopaedic bed?

Let’s jump straight to the point and look at the top orthopaedic beds at Ascot Beds & Furniture. At Ascot, all of our orthopaedic beds are chiropractor approved and ensure a good night’s rest for your body. Here are our top picks at not only the most comfortable beds and mattresses, but the healthiest as well:


Twilight Base Set

    • Bonnell spring unit.
    • Medium Feel.
    • Suitable for Children or guest bedrooms.
    • No turn mattress.
    • Weight Limit 90kg per person.
    • 1-Year Guarantee.
    • 7-Year Service Warranty.
Twilight Base Set

Strand Mattress Dream-Me

    • Single layer reconstituted polyurethane foam.
    • No partner movement.
    • No springs in the mattress
    • Firm edge support.
    • Suitable for children.
    • No turn mattress.
    • 1 Year Service Warranty.


Strandmattress Dream-me Base Set

Cloud Nine Camden Base Set

    • Luxurious comfort layer with Cool Blue Gel
    • Heavy duty Foam layered.
    • No partner movement.
    • No springs in the mattress
    • Firm edge support.
    • Suitable for any bedroom.
    • No turn mattress.
Cloud Nine Camden

What is an orthopaedic mattress?

An orthopaedic mattress is a type of mattress that offers support to the joints. Orthopaedic mattresses are often recommended for people who experience pain while sleeping, people who are actively recovering from an injury or accident, the elderly, athletes, and other active people who find that they have back and body pain from sleeping. Even though many mattresses make the “orthopaedic” promise, they might not genuinely provide the advantages you expect. Finding a mattress that supports good spinal alignment and relieves pressure is a sign of an orthopaedic mattress, and what better place to find such a mattress as Ascot Beds & Furniture!


What are the pros of an orthopaedic mattress?

Pain Relief:

  • An orthopaedic mattress specifically supports the spine and joints. This mattress helps to reduce pain by giving the body a firm surface to sleep on. An orthopaedic mattress can also help with maintaining proper spinal alignment, lowering inflammation, and enhancing comfort. An orthopaedic mattress is often found to assist people with back problems or arthritis feel much better.

Encourages Healing

  • Long periods of time spent in one posture might make you feel stiff, achy, and even painful. If you just underwent surgery or sustained an injury, this is especially true. An orthopaedic mattress is made to support you and encourage your body to heal while it rests.
  • While the pocket springs offer modest cushioning, the firm surface helps to lessen strain on the afflicted area. You can therefore continue to feel at ease as your body recovers. Additionally, by minimizing tossing and turning, an orthopaedic mattress can enhance your overall quality of sleep. As a result, you will feel rested and renewed when you wake up, which may help your body repair more quickly.

Stress Relief:

  • Stress relief is another benefit of an orthopaedic mattress. Your muscles and joints are relieved of pressure as a result of the solid surface’s assistance in distributing your body weight evenly. An orthopaedic mattress’ springs also offer soft cushioning, which can absorb shock and lessen physical stress. As a result, after a night of sleep on an orthopaedic mattress, you may feel more at ease and refreshed.

Healthier Blood Circulation

  • An orthopaedic mattress supports the spine and joints and helps improve blood flow. Because the body is supported in a more natural position, the muscles and tissues are less likely to squeak or tighten. This may lead to improved blood circulation and less inflammation.

An orthopaedic mattress is a firm mattress that aids in reducing pressure on the spine and joints and enhancing blood circulation. By supporting and straightening the spine, an orthopaedic mattress lessens the load on the cardiovascular system. Therefore, orthopaedic mattresses can benefit general health by improving blood circulation.

Do orthopaedic mattresses work?

If you are looking for the short answer is yes, and the long answer, is also yes! Orthopaedic mattresses are usually suggested to patients who experience back or joint pain since they are designed to distribute the body’s weight evenly over the entire mattress to prevent pressure developing in numerous regions, including the neck, back, and hips. This may relieve back discomfort, hip and joint pain, and muscular aches. By easing chronic back pain, overall body pains, and even arthritis pain, a well-made orthopaedic mattress can offer comfort all night long. At Ascot, we focus on the comfort our beds provide, because at the end of the day that is the reason you purchase a bed.

Hopefully this blog has shed some light on the fact that orthopaedic beds are the better option. Do not hesitate to contact us with any more questions on orthopaedic beds. The beds shown in this blog are just a selected few, but keep in mind that all of Ascot’s beds are orthopaedic and chiropractor approved. These beds can be bought either on our online store or at our physical showroom in Alberton.

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How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets?

Wash Your Bed Sheets

How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets?

  • Experts generally recommend we wash our bed sheets once a week.
  • However, this may not apply to everyone and depends on an individual’s lifestyle and habits.
  • A new ‘Clean Sheets Calculator’ tool analyses your cleanliness and lifestyle habits and advises you on how often your sheets need washing.


More than 50 000 people ask Google each year how often they need to wash their bed sheets. Granted, you spend a great deal of your day in your bed, and your sheets collect thousands of dead skin cells, dust mites, bodily fluids and oils – and if your furry friend shares a bed with you, then pet hair, too.

The common rule of thumb, wherever you live in the world, is to do weekly washings, but that is often at odds with what actually happens in people’s homes. A report from Hammonds revealed that a third of Britons wash their sheets just once a year, while the average time between bed sheet changes for Americans is around every three weeks.

Molly Freshwater, founder of Secret Linen Store, says: “The truth is that most of us don’t wash our sheets every week, and that’s totally fine.” Secret Linen Store has created a tool called the ‘Clean Sheets Calculator’, which asks you a quick set of questions based on your personal cleanliness and lifestyle habits, analyses your responses and then immediately advises you on how often your sheets need washing.

  • “We wanted to create a tool that reassures people that it’s ok to leave a little longer between your bed washes,” says Freshwater. “How often you wash your bedsheets is completely dependent on how much usage they get, which is why we created a calculator to give people bespoke bed washing advice based on their individual habits.” The tool takes into account things like whether you share your bed with your pets and how many times you shower, through to how often you have sex and whether you eat a lot of food in your bed.

For example, people who shower often and don’t spend multiple hours lounging in bed, don’t have pets, and sleep in full pyjamas could sensibly leave much longer than a week

Less washing, smaller carbon footprint. Wash Your Bed Sheets

Eskom’s tariff hikes have made electricity largely unaffordable for millions of South Africans, so washing your sheets only when needed may just save you some extra costs to your electricity bill.  Importantly, washing your sheets also creates a significant amount of carbon emissions, especially if you’re washing at 60 degrees or higher.

Says Freshwater: “Overwashing can cause unnecessary wear of your bed linen, and a full hot wash and tumble dryer cycle has a significant impact on your household carbon emissions. Our calculator provides advice with an eco-friendly approach to keeping your bed sheets clean, with tips on how to make your sheets stay fresh for longer between washes and suggestions on reducing your carbon emissions with cooler washers and air drying.”

According to the BBC, 11% of household carbon emissions are produced from using washing machines, with a warm wash and dryer cycle creating 3.3 kg of carbon per load. Washing your bed linen once a week on a 60-degree wash, with a tumble dry cycle too, causes over 171 kg of carbon every year, whereas washing your bed sheets once a month on a 30-degree wash and air drying reduces that amount down to just 7.2 kg of carbon.

How Often Should You Wash Your Bed Sheets to keep your sheets fresher for longer?

To make your sheets last longer between laundry days, the experts at Secret Linen Store recommend the following hacks:

  • Linen sprays: The smell of freshly laundered sheets is so inviting that it can prompt overwashing, but investing in a beautifully scented linen spray will give your sheets that ‘just washed’ feel without putting them through the machine too much.
  • Consider combining some drops of your favourite essential oil with water for a refreshing bedding spry.
  • Wear pyjamas: Dead skin cells and oils that your body excretes are one of the main hygienic reasons for washing bed sheets regularly. Wearing pyjamas protects your bedding by creating a barrier between your body and your sheets, and pyjamas are much smaller and easier to wash than your full bed set.
  • Small area cleaning: If you encounter the odd ad hoc small stain, you can blot clean small spots with a liquid detergent spray rather than hauling all the linen into the washing machine. Washing just your pillowcases if they stain quicker than your sheets is another way to reduce your washing load.
  • Air your bed: Pull back your blankets or duvet when you’re not sleeping in your bed to allow your sheets to breathe; this helps remove moisture that mites need to thrive.
  • On storing your sheets: Fold your laundry and store it somewhere cool and dark, but be mindful of wooden drawers. The smell of some wood could transfer into the dry laundry. Remember, you should only store sheets when they’re completely dry: If your laundry is moist when you store it away, bacteria will grow on the fabric, and it will become musty. No one likes musty sheets.
  • Shower before bed: Washing the day’s dirt off your skin before going to sleep is a top way to reduce bacteria buildup in your bedding, plus a hot water soak can aid your night’s rest!
All credit for this wonderful blog goes to News 24. You can read this blog on their website as well.