We all want to be healthy as a new year kicks in but did you know you could improve your health if you washed your bedding more regularly?

Nearly a quarter of those who answered our December poll said they changed their bed sheets just once a month – grim! Just under a third of us made sure we washed our sheets fortnightly and only 29% fastidiously liked to do it as part of a weekly routine.

Dare I even mention the 4% and 13% who went six months or even longer – how grubby is that?!

The Sleep Council Dec-poll-results-300x190 Sleep Healthy This Year By Changing Your Bedding Frequently

Not washing bedding regularly increases the spread of bacteria and contributes to increased suffering from health problems such as allergies and asthma.

When looking at bedroom hygiene it’s also worth bearing in mind that your mattress should be replaced around the seven year mark for optimum sleep quality. In that time period you we lose, on average, half a pint of fluid each night and shed a pound of dead skin cells a year. No wonder asthma-triggering dust mites love our mattresses. With nearly half of us complaining we don’t get enough sleep, old worn out mattresses could be to blame.

Pillows should be swapped every two to three years and washed every three months. Did you know for instance that an old, unwashed pillow could contain as much as 10% of its weight in skin scale mould dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden droppings!

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