Messy enough to be comfy and clean enough to be healthy.

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…

-John Lennon

Proper Bed Keeping:

I am referring to how you care for your bed. Many people don’t seem to know the proper way to care for a bed and it saddens me greatly. Maybe that’s because I am a bit of a self proclaimed clean-freak. I often find that when I am over at someone’s home their bedroom door is always closed, I assume this is because in this room we are at our most intimate and it is therefore the most private space of the house.  Luckily, our bedrooms don’t only have to be used for privacy and sleep. Bedrooms can be reflective of different personalities and a place we want to show off to our friends, even possibly be presentable enough to keep the door open at all times. However, it is important to remember that there are certain things you must do in order to sleep well and keep your bed clean and tidy; which is the stepping stone to creating a perfect retreat for rest and relaxation.

The Most Important Factors of Bed Care:

  1. Keep your bedroom at a cool temperature and well ventilated. Many people think it is best to keep bedrooms very warm because we fall asleep easier, but that’s a wrong assumption. The bedroom should be a comfortably cool temperature; slightly lower than the rest of your house, ideally about 15 C (60 F).  Keeping your room airy and ventilated by letting in fresh air will keep the bedroom fresh and less stuffy when you sleep, and will also smell better in the mornings.
  2. Air out your bed. I know this concept may be a tad odd for some, but this is quite essential. Every morning upon getting out of bed, open your window wide. Pull back your duvet/blankets and top sheet. Fluff your pillows and allow your bed to bask in the sunlight and fresh air for as long as possible. I would suggest 1-2 hours if you have the time, if not then do this for as long as you can. Why this is significant is because of the rather unpleasant fact of sweat and breath giving the room and bed a musty smell. This also diminishes the amount of dust mites that have found a home in your bed. 
  3. Changing the sheets is a super important factor guys! Pillow cases, duvet covers, & sheets should all be washed and changed regularly, that means once a week. No, that is not too often. I find it shocking that young people, especially young men, do not understand how important clean sheets are. If it is hot and you are sweating more, or if you or someone else who shares your bed is ill then change the sheets more often. Don’t forget mattress protectors and pillow protectors, those prolong the life of your mattress and pillows quite a bit, change and launder the protectors once a month. 
  4. Flipping the mattress. Older mattresses settle and morph in shape as they age according do the weight and shape of the sleeper much more quickly than newer mattresses, which are meant to be flipped very infrequently or not at all. If you have an older mattress then flip it once every 3 months, ideally. If you have a newer model mattress then you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on flipping. 

These simple yet very effective steps will keep your bedroom feeling airy, clean, and fresh as well as extend the life of your pillows and mattresses.

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