By the end of the day, you start fantasising about climbing into bed, getting comfortable and drifting off into a soothing sleep. Take a minute out of this fantasy to consider whether your bed is a safe and healthy place to sleep or if it is full of germs, dust mites and toxins. If you’re not sure of the answer, read on to find out how to keep your bed healthy.
Choose non-toxic materials
When you are choosing your mattress and pillows, make sure you choose natural materials and avoid ones that are anti-odorous or anti-microbial, as these usually contain pesticides. Also, watch out for foam or cotton materials that have been treated with flame retardants. Retardants are chemicals that cling to dust particles and enter your system when you inhale them. Rather than dissipating over time, they break down in a way that makes them more toxic.
Choose breathable linens
Skip synthetic materials when you are choosing your sheets, pillow covers and blankets, and go for natural ones, preferably made of cotton, wool or silk. Natural fibres breathe and are much healthier than synthetic ones. If possible, choose organic materials over regular ones. Make sure you wash your linens at least once a week, since you sweat and shed dead skin cells in your sleep and these accumulate in your bedding.
Don’t make the bed
That’s right, you read it correctly. Studies have shown that beds have millions of dust mites that feed on human skin cells and produce allergens that you inhale when you sleep. These mites thrive on moisture, so by making the bed every morning you seal in the moisture, which allows them to thrive. By leaving the bed messy, or even better, opening up your sheets every day to let them air, the moisture evaporates, thereby resulting in fewer dust mites.