Do you usually wake up with a headache, a backache, or a runny nose? On bad days, we hope you don’t welcome the day with a combination of the three! Sadly, your bedroom buddies might be the culprits. Since we spend a third of our life sleeping and our body recuperates during sleep, it’s a must to keep the bedroom a healthy, safe, and relaxing space.
According to website Sharecare, “whether you see it or not, your pillow, sheets, mattress, and other beddings, can create a perfect environment for dust mites, allergens, and germs.” Prevent pesky bugs and allergens from taking over your bedroom and making you sick by keeping your personal space clean and organized. Know what items in your bedroom you need to maintain and how to avoid getting sick with these tips:
Newsflash: To keep your pillows clean, you need to wash the actual pillows as well and not just replace your pillow covers. Do you instantly drift off to sleep the minute your head hits the pillow? The Spruce explains that, “pillows quickly build up excessive amounts of health busters such as bacteria, mold spores, and dust mites, leading to allergy symptoms such as sore throat, headache, and congestion.”
Keep your pillows from making you sick by picking a washable one and washing it properly according to its care label (usually every three to six months). If your pillows are more than a year old, it’s best to replace them. Memory foam pillows should be good to use between 18 to 36 months.
We get it, there are days when we don’t immediately change our clothes when arriving at home and instantly plop down on the bed. If you’re guilty of this, imagine all the dirt you’ve come into contact with being transferred onto your sheets. Can you still sleep soundly at night?
According to an article on Reader’s Digest, “an average person sheds roughly half an ounce of dead skin every week, which stays in your sheets and becomes prime feeding material for dust mites.”
Avoid sleeping with dust mites and dead skin by changing your sheets every week (or two weeks at most!). Depending on care instructions, sheets can be washed on a hot cycle.
Your mattress is an investment piece you shouldn’t scrimp on. Hey, who likes waking up with intense back pain? Choose a mattress that gives proper back support, with just the right firmness that suits your needs.
Lifestyle site The Spruce writes, “mattresses more than five years old tend to develop sags, wear to the springs and foam, and flattening due to the weight of your body.” Depending on the mattress you have, you can flip it regularly to maintain its form. It’s best to replace the mattress every five to 10 years so you can enjoy quality sleep.
How often do you open your windows to let some air in and out your bedroom?
Keeping them closed all the time may cause pollutants, dust, and other allergens to be trapped inside your room. Open the windows every now and then to allow air to circulate. You can also bring in houseplants that help rid the air of toxins to make sure you’re breathing clean air.
Dirty heating and cooling vents
Regular AC maintenance not only prolongs its lifespan, but it can also help you avoid getting sick, too. According to an article published by Reader’s Digest, the Environmental Protection Agency explains that mold and other debris can build up in the pipes of these vents which may cause bigger health problems. Maximize the service warranty of your AC unit by having it cleaned monthly.
Keeping these in mind and making the necessary changes around your home can help keep it a safe space. Don’t hesitate to invest in the right essentials. Adding easy hacks to your cleaning routine should also give you the rest you need.
Make your bedroom a relaxing and clean space when you move into your own Avida home.