Considering most of us spend around a third of our existence in the sack, sleep hygiene should be such an important part of our lives. However, perhaps surprisingly, few of us really know how often we should be replacing our bedding.
There are plenty of signs which often go unnoticed or pushed under the rug when it comes to the need to replace our bedding and below are the main indicators that you need to do so.
Although duvets tend to be fairly long-lasting, they do – particularly if you use the same one all year round – tend to absorb sweat, dust, and debris quite quickly. A duvet that has become ragged and has lost its plumpness is no longer as effective as it should be – this is when you should replace it.
We spoke to Sleepy People who said: “In order to extend your duvet’s lifespan, it’s recommended that you buy two: a thicker one for the colder times of year and a thinner one for the warmer months.
“Keep an eye out for any wear and tear which may be hindering your duvet from doing its job properly: a damaged duvet can lead to discomfort and sleep problems.”
The main functions of a mattress are to provide you with the right level of support and comfort but, if you’re not receiving that, it’s time for a new one.
According to a study by the British Chiropractic Association, a massive 43% of respondents found that they experienced back and/or neck pain from sleeping on their mattress and a third of participants would only change their mattress once every ten years.
Generally, the recommendation is that you replace your mattress every seven years for optimum comfort and minimum aches and pains.
Your pillows are potentially the part of your bedding which gather the most dirt; with sweat, dribble, and germs all being absorbed, you should be washing your pillows once every three months, either by hand or with the washing machine.
When it comes to replacing your pillows, there’s no exact time frame for doing so. There are, however, a few signs and symptoms to look out for:
- Your pillow has become lumpy
- Your pillow has lost its plumpness
- Your sleeping position has changed
- You are experiencing allergies
- Your already existing allergies have worsened
If you have noticed any of the above, it’s likely to be time that you should replace your pillows.
Sheets and covers
Particularly in the summer months, you should be washing your sheets and covers around once a week. This is because people tend to sweat a lot more in bed during the warmer times of year, which can lead to dirty sheets and smelly bedrooms.
You can stretch washing your sheets and covers to every two weeks during the cooler times of year, but any longer than that will lead to dirty sheets which could potentially cause to you become unwell!
For a microbiologist’s opinion on how often you should wash your bed sheets, check out this article.