‘How often should I change my sheets?’
It’s the first suggestion you receive when you type ‘how o…’ into Google. Which is a pretty good indication that a lot of people are searching for some answers.
A good night’s sleep is vital to your health and general happiness – meaning your bed is an incredibly important part of your life.
So, we’ve gathered the top tips for proper bed care.
And don’t worry, we’ll give you all the details on the best sheet-washing-schedule.
1. Rotate your mattress
Humans are creatures of habit, and we each have about one or two favoured sleeping positions.
This means you’re going to wear down your mattress in one area should you leave it be.
And while no one enjoys the process of rotating their mattress, if you want to prolong its life and save yourself some serious cash, you’ll give it a go.
It’s best to turn your mattress every two-three months by rotating it from head to foot and then flipping it over.
By changing it up every few months, you’re less likely to create a you-shaped hole in your brand new mattress.
2. Wash your sheets every week
‘Every week?!’ you’re currently thinking in your head, making rapid calculations and feeling slightly abashed when you realise it’s been… more than a week since you last changed your sheets.
Don’t worry, you aren’t alone in this distress. Most people don’t change their sheets as regularly as they should. Experts recommend every week, but you can get away with every other week.
If you think about it, you’re pretty dirty. You sweat, track in dirt and most likely drool. And all of these things are then trapped in the fibres of your sheets.
And it’s not just you that’s dirty. You’re sharing your bed with millions of microscopic dust mites, and the more you sweat and shed dead skin, the more mites you’re likely attracting.
Remember: Just because you can’t see the dirt doesn’t mean it’s not there.
So next time you consider whether or not it’s worth it to change your sheets, think of the millions of mites and get to washing.
3. Mattress toppers are your friend
If you want to keep your mattress clean and fresh for as long as possible, it’s a great idea to invest in a mattress topper.
Not only will it protect your mattress from spills, dirt and other unmentionables, but it can also make your bed even comfier!
Should you have a spill of some sort, it’s much easier to replace a mattress topper than an entire mattress.
4. Splurge on sheets
Buying expensive sheets may seem like a waste of money to some people. But when you really think about it, the average person spends one-third of their day sleeping.
Which means one-third of their life in bed.
When you splurge on high-quality sheets, you’ll reap the rewards of a better night’s sleep – the power of which is not to be underestimated.
Consistent, high-quality sleep improves your metabolism and immune system, leads to more productive days and has even been linked to longer lifespans.
Linen is a great choice for bed sheets, as it’s a breathable fabric that absorbs excess moisture (read: sweat).
Because it’s breathable, it will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Sign me up!
By creating an oasis for yourself, you’ll improve your sleep and, therefore, your quality of life.