There are no things in the world that could last forever, everything has a certain lifespan. A proper sleep is impossible without a properly selected mattress, comfortable pillows and a warm blanket. But those days are not far off when bedding was inherited, and our grandmothers put dowry in chests long before the marriage of a potential bride.
Good sleep: how often should bedding be changed?
It is difficult to refuse the use of a blanket or pillow if they look quite presentable. Favorite bedding has been used for many years and is not aware that it is necessary to periodically clean it, and at some point change it to new ones. Why is it worth doing this, and how does the fact that the bed is not properly looked after affect health?
Savings should be within reasonable limits and common sense tells you that any bed needs cleaning. As an option: you can wash some products at home or take them to the cleaners, where special equipment will get rid of neighbors in the form of ticks. You can do this several times, but sooner or later you still have to buy a new mattress, pillow or blanket.
Sleep will not be normal if a person covers himself with a blanket for several weeks, and there is no duvet cover on him. It is difficult to wash it, and it is problematic to dry it in the apartment. The wrong decision to refuse a duvet cover is fundamentally the wrong approach. Not to mention hygiene, this type of housekeeping threatens health.
Possible health hazards
And how often do you need to change bedding: blanket, pillow, mattress?
If sleep at night was full, then the day will proceed fruitfully, a person who has had enough sleep feels cheerful, he is active, strives to do as many things as possible. The comfort of the sleeping place plays an important role in this, because if the pillow is worn out, it is a lump of an unknown substance, then you will not be able to sleep. Namely, inadequate sleep affects human health and is an important component in the work of the whole organism. But how do you know when it’s time to replace old pillows and blankets? Here it is necessary to build on the type of bedding, what material they are made of. If you stick to averages, then pillows should be changed after two or three years, and a blanket lasts a maximum of 10 years.
The sheets and pillowcases wear out the most, and there is no doubt about replacing them. Blankets have a different service life, they are changed less often, because they are not used all year round, there are seasonal options. And we do not part with the pillow throughout the year. The terms are, of course, conditional, since if the pillow has a vegetable filler, then its service life is only 2 years. But latex ones are durable, even a decade is not a period for them. What signs should alert?
It is believed that after cleaning, no parasites remain in the pillow, but this is not entirely true. It will not be possible to completely get rid of them, and we are not even talking about ticks introduced from outside, but about those that live with us in the neighborhood all the time.
If you are worried about insomnia, an unpleasant smell emanates from the bed, which does not disappear even after washing the bed linen, then you should think about replacing it. They may also be bothered by pain in the back, neck, it is uncomfortable to sleep due to crumpled filler, there are damages and holes in the products.
Bed linen must be changed once a week so that dirt does not penetrate deeper and does not stain the blanket, mattress. It is better to put an additional cover on the pillow and wash it from time to time. Before washing, you must carefully read the information provided by the manufacturer regarding how to wash the product, in what way. If the products are of good quality, then the expiration date of the product will be indicated.
The cause of the allergy is a pillow
We use the pillow all the time, a comfortable sleep without pain in the neck and back is possible only with a properly selected copy. We sleep for a long time. Being in an uncomfortable position, when the spine is tense, the neck is unnaturally bent, the filling of the pillow is suspicious, we risk our health. Allergy occurs most often from the wrong pillow. Feather, which was so common as a filler, not so long ago, is a breeding ground for various kinds of mites. Those who suffer from allergies are well aware of the consequences, as bouts of coughing and choking occur regularly. It is necessary to get rid of such accessories, forget about a wadded mattress and feather beds, today there are many other options for bedding. They are hypoallergenic, and have the correct structure, allowing the body to take the correct position during sleep.
For those for whom allergies have become a real test, pillows should be changed as often as possible. In any case, during the night it is saturated with moisture, our body gets rid of small skin flakes, and they attract dust particles. And as a result, the pillow becomes a collection of bacteria, dust, mold, and we spend more than one hour on it, inhaling all this. It is not surprising that an allergic reaction occurs. Even if there are no visible defects, it is worth replacing it with a new one, this is the only way to avoid allergies.
Signs of a used pillow
The person wakes up with a headache, the occipital muscles are stiff. This is due to the fact that during sleep the head and neck are not supported, and this affects blood circulation and the spinal column.
When the pillow is inside with bumps, deformed, shapeless, you definitely need to change it. Another signal is an unpleasant odor. Bacteria, mold, fungus cause it, and such a neighborhood is dangerous to health. Which pillow to choose depends on the individual characteristics of the person, and there is no universal model. Everyone chooses their own height, stiffness — it all depends on the posture during sleep.
Those who like to sleep on their backs prefer a pillow of medium height within 10 cm and the same rigidity. When the habitual position is on the side, the pillow should be firm and high so that the space between the ear and the shoulder is filled. To sleep on your stomach, you need a flat pillow, no more than 8 cm high. Our body itself tells you how comfortable a person feels, and if there is pain in the lower back, then a thin pillow should be placed under the stomach.
A separate topic is pillow filler. Today there are so many of them that it is sometimes difficult to understand all the subtleties. There are both springs and chambers, they are complex in structure and combined in the composition of materials. Gone are the bags stuffed with down or feathers, modern production strives to make our sleep comfortable and safe.
The softest pillows will be made of fluff, including artificial, bamboo, holofiber. Memory products, gels and wools are medium in softness. And latex, buckwheat husks are considered the toughest. If the pillow is wet after sleeping, then most likely the filler has poor breathability or the cover is sewn from too dense fabric. This needs to be corrected, as it can be harmful to health.