A clean sleep environment has a whole host of benefits for our health. When it comes sleep hygiene, a comfortable mattress and clean bedding are two of your most important factors to consider. It’s no secret that a clean, tidy room improves our mood.
In fact, there’s actually a scientific correlation!
A 2009 study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that women who described their homes as cluttered were also depressed, tired and more stressed.
For starters, even something as simple as making your bed in the morning provides you with a sense of achievement before the day has even begun, and I think we can all agree that there’s no better feeling than crawling into a crisp, freshly made bed after a long day at work.
But what are the best ways to keep your comfortable mattress and linen clean without sacrificing their quality?
How to take care of your mattress:
There are a few tell-tale signs you’re in need of a new mattress. As a rule of thumb, they should be replaced every seven to 10 years, but if you find your mattress is becoming uncomfortable or saggy, your spine isn’t aligned properly, or your asthma/allergies are worsening (this can be due to dust mites), it may be time to invest in a new one.
Until that time comes, though, you can take care of and potentially prolong its life by using a mattress protector. As well as reducing stains and the risk of bed bugs and bacteria from moisture, a mattress protector can actually enhance your comfort, making for an even sounder night’s sleep!
How often you should wash your bedding:
Most people do not wash their bedding nearly enough. Yes, life is hectic and the last thing you want to do after a long day is wrestle with a new set of bedding. So you just hop into bed and vow to ‘do it tomorrow’.
We get it! But regularly washing and changing your bedding has such an array of benefits that it really should be a top priority.
You need to change your bedding every one to two weeks. Here are a just a few tips to keep it looking fresh and new for longer:
Tips for washing your bedding:
- Wash bedding at a low temperature to avoid shrinkage
- Use a good quality detergent to ensure you still get a decent clean even at a lower temperature
- Turn the bedding inside out to avoid the colours running (and to prevent fitted sheets from becoming misshapen)
- Add a fabric conditioner for extra comfort and a fresh scent
- If possible, air dry your sheets for an even fresher feeling
- Deal with any stains before washing – there are loads of techniques you can try, from specialist stain removal products to old-school hacks such as running the stain under cold water before washing
You know we’re the people behind your comfortable mattress, but did you know Sealy also makes bedding? It shouldn’t really be a surprise, since we are totally and utterly dedicated to sleep… we know for a fact that good sleep improves lives!
Taking care of your sleeping environment is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health and wellbeing. Better sleep = higher productivity, improved mental health and a stronger immune system, to name just a few of the perks.
So, get those sheets in the wash, invest in that new mattress or simply tidy your room, safe in the knowledge that you’re investing not only in better sleep, but an overall improved quality of life!