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Ensure hygiene in bed for restful sleep
Poor sleep not only makes you tired, it also poses a health hazard. To find restful sleep, care should also be taken to ensure adequate hygiene in the bedroom. Consumer advocates explain what measures are necessary for this.
Serious health problems
Not enough or poor sleep can not only result in fatigue and poor concentration, but also serious health problems. According to medical experts, sleep disorders can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure and weaken the immune system. However, it is generally not recommended to use medication for sleep problems. Instead, we recommend a healthy lifestyle with relaxation exercises and avoiding coffee, nicotine, alcohol and intensive sports in the evening. It is also important to ensure adequate hygiene in the bedroom.
Allow the duvet to air out
Many people make the bed right after getting up - a serious mistake. Because if you do this, maybe even cover the bed with a bedspread, mites provide the perfect breeding ground, the Consumer Service Bavaria explains in a message.
This is because the tiny arachnids, whose secretions can trigger allergies or asthma, hide in beds, pillows and blankets.
If the bedspread is shaken in the morning and put on immediately, the mites are buried underneath and trapped in the damp, dark room between the blanket and the mattress all day. So better fold back the duvet and let it air out.
Wash bedding regularly
Consumer advocates recommend changing and washing sheets and covers for pillows and blankets every two weeks.
After all, the human body releases about half a liter to one liter of moisture overnight.
Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and pathologist at the New York University School of Medicine, knows that there are more reasons to wash the bedding regularly.
In a report on the "Business Insider" website, he explained what everything can be in bed: "There you have fungal spores, bacteria, animal hair, pollen, earth, fluff, materials from the sheets, colorants, all kinds of excretions from the body such as sweat "Saliva, vaginal and anal excretions, urine, dander" and cosmetics used by people.
If you sleep undressed or sweat heavily, the Bavarian Consumer Service should even change sheets, pillowcases and pillowcases at least once a week.
Pull the beds off carefully, do not shake them and immediately put them in the washing machine. But sweat and dandruff accumulate not only in the bed linen, but also in blankets and pillows. Therefore, washable blankets and pillows should be chosen if possible.
It is also recommended to give pillows and duvets a little fresh air every now and then on the balcony or window sill.
The right temperature is important
As further explained in the message, we share our sleeping quarters with around 1.5 million mites. To get rid of these, it is necessary to wash the bed linen at at least 60 degrees. This temperature also kills bacteria and germs.
The sewn-in care label reveals the highest possible washing temperature of the laundry. In the case of colored bed linen, this is usually 60 degrees and should also be used according to the experts.
When purchasing new bedding, care should be taken that it is made of 100% cotton and tolerates higher washing temperatures and full detergent.
In addition to washing, allergy sufferers can also help with mite-tight covers for the mattresses - so-called encasings. These allergy-tight intermediate covers protect house dust mite allergy sufferers from mite allergens found in mattresses, blankets and pillows.
Dust mites feel most comfortable in a warm and humid climate, cold spooks the arachnids. Therefore, the bedroom should be kept cool and dry throughout.
Experts believe that a room temperature of less than 20 ° C and a humidity of less than 60 percent is ideal. This also means that you can sleep very restfully.
And last but not least: your pajamas also absorb the sweaty fluid and loose skin cells and should therefore be changed every two to four days.
Those who tend to sweat profusely should change their pajamas daily. (ad)