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How Often Do I Really Need to Wash My Bedding?

Every week, you likely spend anywhere from 49 to 63 hours on your sheets. That leaves a lot of time for sweat, oil, dirt, and maybe even makeup to build up, possibly leading to skin issues like breakouts, more allergy symptoms, and even conditions like fungal infections. That’s why it’s so important to keep your sheets clean. But just how often should you wash them? Running your sheets through the washer too often can break down the fabrics and cause them to wear out faster. On the other hand, washing them too rarely can let all that dirt and all those allergens like dust mites build up. There isn’t a hard-and-fast rule for how…

Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom

If you’re sneezing, sniffling, or struggling with nasal stuffiness or other telltale signs of allergies, it’s time to take steps to rid your bedroom of allergens and other irritants. After all, your bedroom is where you probably spend the most time in your home—ideally, seven to nine hours per night—so it’s wise to make it an allergy-free zone. That way, you can breathe easier and avoid letting allergies affect your sleep. Here are five things to do.Keep the humidity in the right zone.The ideal range is 30 to 50 percent; check yours with a hygrometer (which is available at drugstores). If the humidity in your bedroom is too high…

Spring-Clean Your Bedroom

Want to sleep better, longer, or more comfortably? Now that you’re in spring-cleaning mode, this is the perfect opportunity to assess the state of your bedroom. After all, there may be sneaky factors—such as unwanted light or scratchy bedding—that could be compromising the quality of your slumber. With some simple changes, you can turn your bedroom into a tranquil sleep sanctuary that will set you up for the restorative zzz’s that you want and deserve every night. Check your lighting. Hopefully, you’ve already banned electronics (including computers, tablets, phones, and TVs) from your bedroom, since the blue light from these devices can interfere with melatonin production. The next step is to strike the right balance…