We spend (or should spend) a lot of time in bed. Taking into account the current life expectancy and the fact that it is recommended to sleep 8 hours a day, the Youtube channel Freedom in Thought came to the conclusion that we spend an average of 25 years sleeping, or one third of our lives.
That's why it's so important to keep the bed clean. This means washing the sheets more frequently to control dust mites and microorganisms and reduce the risk of developing asthma or dust allergy. In fact, for those who already suffer from seasonal allergies, changing and washing bed linens more frequently is essential to reduce these adverse effects on the airways.
Twice a week is better
But how often should you wash your bedding? Experts recommend once a week, although doing it twice a week increases the benefits, as it is a healthy habit that helps prevent other types of illnesses, such as gastroenteritis, according to a study conducted at the University of Cambridge.
In any case, the proliferation of dust mites and other microorganisms tends to vary according to the season of the year, so we will have to increase the number of washes (or not) according to the season. For example, in the summer, we will have to wash the sheets more often because that is when we tend to sweat the most.
But to do it properly, we need to follow a series of rules. The first of these is to wash them in hot water, at about 60ºC. It is also advisable not to touch the sheets with dirty hands or leave dirty clothes on them, especially when the bed is unmade. This minimizes the amount of dirt that can accumulate on the bedding.
To avoid developing asthma or a dust allergy, it is best to wash bedding twice a week.
It is also important to keep in mind that humidity accelerates the growth of bacteria and fungi. For this reason, it is important to avoid sleeping with wet hair or leaving wet or sweaty clothes on the bed, as this encourages the impregnation of micro-organisms on the surface of the sheets. Finally, it is advisable to take a shower before going to bed and to remove dirt from the body before getting into bed.
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