Let's Talk About Good Bed Hygiene
September 20, 2021
Have you ever thought about how clean your bed actually is? We spend about 50 to 60+ hours sleeping in our beds every week, which gives dirt, dead skin cells, body oils, and sweat a lot of time to accumulate in your bedding. To combat all that dirt and grime, it’s time to think about bed hygiene.
Bed hygiene is keeping your bed, and everything on it, fresh and clean. Most of us don’t regularly think about bed hygiene. If we do, it can be daunting—just think about folding fitted sheets. However, keeping your bed clean can actually improve the quality of your sleep. Here’s why.
What’s in Your Bed
Research shows sleeping with dirty bedding increases the number of dust mites and bacteria in bed with you, which can make various health issues, such as allergies and asthma, worse. In fact, dust mites are the most common trigger of year-round allergies and asthma. To help combat this problem, we developed SilverScience™ technology and infuse activated charcoal in our mattresses and mattress toppers to prevent bacteria and discourage dust mites from living in your bed.
Wash Your Bedding
One of the easiest ways to improve bed hygiene is by washing your bedding consistently, especially your sheets. By washing your sheets regularly—about once a week—you significantly reduce the buildup of grime. By the way, 71% of people said they get a “more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with a fresh scent,” so you’ll not only sleep cleaner, but you’ll sleep more comfortably as well.
The National Sleep Foundation also recommends washing or cleaning the rest of your bedding regularly to freshen up your bed. Here’s what they recommend:
Once a week
Once every 2 weeks to a month
Once every 2-3 months
Once every 2-3 months
Once every 4-6 months (if washable)
Once every 6 months or so
Remember to check the manufacturer’s care instructions to make sure you’re cleaning your bedding properly.
Maintaining bed hygiene is the best way to ensure your bedding isn’t keeping you from getting the rest you need. Take the time to wash your bedding regularly and consider buying products with activated charcoal and SilverScience™ technology so you can sleep even cleaner. Remember, sleep has significant health benefits, so it’s important to do all you can to get the best sleep possible.