Sleep is the untold hero of healthy living. Most people get the importance of eating well and exercising, but our culture inappropriately valorizes sleepless nights. Successful people understand the importance of getting a good night’s rest. An important step to getting better sleep is making sure you’re taking proper care of your bedding.
One of the most important steps in bedding maintenance is washing regularly. Pillowcases and sheets should be washed every week, but only 32% of Americans do. When those who wash less frequently were asked why, 65% said they don’t have time to do regular washes. Those who really care should try to make the time; studies show that people who wash their sheets more often get better quality sleep. People who rate their sleep quality high wash their sheets an average of every 13 days. Meanwhile, those who rate their sleep poorly wash an average of every 20 days.
What if washing doesn’t fix the problem? What if your sheets smell even after a wash or you don’t sleep as well as you used to? It might be time for new sheets. Buying new comes with a lot of decisions on things like fabric, quality, and color.