To Begin With. Let's Talk A Little Bit About Why You Need To Change Them
How often should you change your bed sheets? Each and every week, most of us spend approximately 49 to 60+ hours sleeping in our beds. That’s a lot of time to get the rest our bodies need to thrive, but it’s also ample time to build up dirt, sweat, oil, and other gunk on our sheets and bedding.
Every night as you roll around in bed you shed thousands and thousands of skin cells and any dirt or sweat that’s on your body goes directly into your bedding.
But that’s not all dust mites actually feed on the skin cells that you shed, so the longer you wait to wash your sheets, the more those skin cells are going to build up and the more dust mites are gonna want to hang out on your bedding.
While that is definitely an icky enough reason to wash your flat sheet and fitted sheet, remember that a great many of us are allergic to dust mites so regularly washing your sheets is a great way to keep those allergens at bay. But dust mites aren’t the only reason to wash your sheets. Bedding collects all kinds of bacteria fungi and a whole host of allergens that are totally invisible to the eye not to mention. Any face cream makeup or even your own sweat will build up in your bedding pretty quickly and has been known to cause acne and other skin-related issues.
So What’s The Recommended Frequency Of Bed Sheet Changing?
Think about it. You spend one-third of your life in your bed and so in close proximity to your bedsheets. That’s more time than you spend wearing your favorite underwear.
While your specific sheet-changing habits might vary a little bit depending on your lifestyle, your body, and your preferences, most experts agree that you should change your sheets every week or every two weeks.
Some people should wash their sheets even more often than once a week. If you have pets, and particularly if you let them sleep in your bed, a wash every 3-4 days is recommended. If you experience allergies or asthma, it may be worth it to try cleaning your bedding more frequently to see if your symptoms improve.
As time can be an issue when trying to change your sheets every week, ensure you have several sets. That way when you change your bedding, you don’t have to wait around for the ones you have taken off to wash and dry.
Clean bedding can also lead to better rest, according to one poll where roughly 85 percent of participants reported improved sleep on fresh sheets, and 73 percent of those surveyed revealed an overall improvement in their love life.
And the health benefits of cleanliness extend further than just the bedroom. According to psychologists, a clean and organized home is good for our mind and body – people with cleaner houses experience better overall health and they are more physically active.
So nothing beats the luxury of getting into bed when you have nice, clean, fresh bedding.