How to: Bedroom Health Check

Your bedroom is the place to relax and unwind, it’s where you end one day and begin another. With January being the month of reflection and change for the better, taking the time to create a space that is as welcoming as it is healthy is really important. It is expected that a person spends 1/3 of their life in their bedroom; over time it really can rack up the dust and bacteria! So, why not start the new year with a bedroom health check and deep clean?! Following these simple tips can really help to spruce up your sanctuary:

Pillows

Did you know that your pillows collect so much dead skin over three years that they tend to double in weight - yikes! Fear not, you can combat this by regularly putting them in the washing machine. If they bounce back to shape after you’ve folded them in half, they’re good to go back on your bed, however if they don’t, it’s time to invest in some new pillows.

Mattress

When you’re planning your bedroom, you might find that you spend so much time considering the perfect bed frame that you forget to spend time deciding on the right mattress. The National Sleep Foundation say that you should look to change your mattress every 8 years, for further information and to find out why, take a look at our blog post on how often you should change your mattress. And remember, if your mattress is two-sided you should flip it every 3-6 months. If not, and it’s only one sided simply spinning it will help it last longer and will benefit your health.

Spring (January) Clean

January is a good a time as ever to give your home a deep clean. The usual dust, hoover and declutter once a week is great most of the time but it is advisable to have a clear out and deep clean at least four times a year to avoid any health problems associated with dust and allergens.

Strip your bed back and clean your mattress; there are many techniques such as using bicarbonate of soda or simply hoovering. It’s also advisable to ensure your bed linens  are washed every 1 or 2 weeks and you may want to consider treating yourself to some new linens to mark the start of the new year; there’s nothing better than a fresh bedding feel, after all!

Push aside your bed, bedside table and any other furniture with a gap underneath it and hoover underneath to lift anything that might be hiding out of view. And finally, remember to clean your windows and mirrors, dust all surfaces including light switches and fixtures and be sure to wipe or hoover the curtains or blinds, as these are usually forgotten about.

Plants

 When we can’t sleep we never really think about the help our humble green friends could provide. Instead we look to sleep aids and meditation - which do work. But, did you know you may be able to get similar results from bedroom plants with the added bonus that they look beautiful too?

  • Lavender is probably the most well known sleep aid, with no end to the amount of bath products laden with lavender that are marketed to send you off to sleep. While Gardenia the lesser known sleep inducer.
  • The Areca Palm, Mother-in-law’s Tongue and English Ivy are all good air purifiers and can prevent illnesses caused by dust, germs and bacteria floating around your room.
  • Orchids, succulents and bromeliads release oxygen during the night which is different to most plants that release carbon dioxide when they stop photosynthesising. Resulting in clear, fresh and oxygen-rich air that can help you to get a better night’s sleep.
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