Crawling into bed after changing the sheets is one of the most comfortable and freshest moments you have in your bedroom. Wrapping the blanket around your body and smelling the fabric softener from the pillow is as cozy as it gets. Sounds blissful but have you ever wondered how many germs are in your bed? There’s more lurking under those clean sheets than you care to imagine. Your bed, especially your pillow is a breeding ground for bacteria, dust mites, dead skin cells, and even feces that accounts for 35% of bacteria on your bed coming from your own body. Not to mention the amount of animal dander (skin cells) if you allow your pet on your bed.
your body sheds roughly 15 million skin cells every night as you sleep
Considering how much time you spend in your beloved bed, its no wonder the amount of saliva, sweat, and germs can accumulate. Changing your sheets regularly isn’t enough so how do you keep dirt out of your bed?
- Vacuum your mattress and bed once per month using the upholstery attachment on the vacuum
- Wash bedclothes once per week on the hottest water cycle possible
- Use pillow and mattress protectors and wash once per week
- Consider replacing mattress and bedding if over 10 years old
35% of bacteria on your bed comes from your own body
Vacuum your mattress
It may seem silly to vacuum your mattress but did you know that your body sheds roughly 15 million skin cells every night as you sleep? Many Americans suffer an allergic reaction to the proteins in dust mites excretion, so vacuuming your mattress using the upholstery attachment once per month is the first step in lessening the number of dust and mites.
Wash bedclothes once per week
Using the hottest cycle on your washer, wash your sheets and bedclothes once per week. A typical pillow can harbor up to 16 different types of fungi and 39 times more bacteria than your pet’s food dish. Breathing in and sleeping on these bacteria and germs could affect your health, while your skin could suffer breakouts from the accumulated oils and skin cells on your pillowcase and blankets. Use pillow and mattress protectors for added protection as well as washing frequently.
Your mattress should offer pressure relief, especially in the hips and shoulders if you’re a side sleeper
Upgrade your mattress and bedding
A quality mattress ought to last you at least 10 years. If your mattress is older than 10 years it might be time to invest in your sleep health by upgrading to a more luxurious (and cleaner bed). Ensure you use a mattress protector as this will help to keep your new mattress clean and could give it a longer lifespan. Your mattress and pillows are meant to offer support, your head and neck should feel comfortable on your pillow with no neck pain upon waking. Your mattress should offer pressure relief, especially in the hips and shoulders if you’re a side sleeper.
The dust and dirt that gathers on your mattress, pillows, and bedding can weigh them down to reduce their effectiveness. Take a look at your sheets, pillows, and blankets. Are they clean and stain-free? If not, consider having them professionally cleaned or replace them altogether if they’re over 10 years old. A clean bed is invigorating, comfortable, and great for your overall sleep health.