Your Bedroom & Indoor Air Quality
Ahhhh, the bedroom. Where you go to relax at the end of a long day. Where you take your time getting up on Sunday mornings. Where you catch a quick cat nap to power you through the rest of your day. How does it make you feel to think that all the time you spend trying to relax in your bedroom you're actually negatively impacting your health by breathing in countless allergens like dust mites?
Here's the thing...if you don't vacuum your bedroom often or you neglect cleaning your sheets on a regular basis, between dust and pet dander you're going to be stuck with a bedroom with pretty poor air quality.
There are a few very easy ways to improve your bedroom's air quality. Vacuum at least once a week (twice if you have pets!), wash your sheets and pillowcases in hot water every week (and the pillows and duvet themselves at least once a month) and keep the space clutter free to reduce settled dust and to ensure proper air flow.
Now that we're getting into the warmer seasons crack your window to help with the air circulation. At least once a year, have a professional carpet cleaner give your carpets a good deep clean.
An added advantage to improving your bedroom's air quality? It can significantly improve your sleep! The reduced amount of allergens and dust mites will help you breathe better and eliminate things like stuffed sinuses and scratchy throats which can lead to a restless sleep. Also, more allergens cause damage to your respiratory tract which will lead to more shallow breathing. This agitates the body and prevents it from slowing down enough to sleep.