We spend time in our beds for at least one third of our lives. For many of us, our bed is our favorite spot in the house - the place we can relax the most and begin and end each new day. While keeping a clean, fresh, and comfortable home is important to many of us, many may be surprised to find out that we don't typically concentrate on the care of our bedding like we do our clothes or other household items. Taking superb care of your bedding helps you maintain a healthy environment and helps your bedding last longer, too. You may feel more comfortable springing for a more expensive luxury bedding item once you are confident that how you take care of it will prolong its life and comfort to you. Read on for tips on how and when to wash and replace your sheets, pillows, and mattress.
Care of Your Sheets
In general, It's a good Idea to wash your sheets at least weekly. We don't often think about the dirt, germs, and allergens that are trapped in our sheets,, and infrequent washing can just cause these to pile up, making us feel less comfortable and creating a less healthy and fresh environment. Wash you sheets on a warm to hot setting. While hot water may cause fibers to shrink, hot water removes more germs and may be preferred for those with allergies, too. If your sheets are patterned or colored, it is advisable to wash your pillow cases inside out to help preserve the color or design of your sheets. As with any piece of clothing or bedding, read the care label before washing to make sure you're attending to any unique needs of your sheets or bedding. If permitted by the label, tumble dry your sheets and iron as time allows for the easiest and most organized storage.
There's no specific timeframe for replacing your sheets. This is largely personal preference, though it is suggested that when the sheets have obvious signs of wear that it is time to bid them goodbye. Because we spend so much time with our sheets, it is not uncommon for them to accrue stains or begin to fade or fray. When replacing, look for a thread count of between 200 to 400 and 100% combed cotton for the strongest, softest sheets.
Care of Your Pillows
No matter what type of pillow you have - fiber-filled or memory foam - the best way to prolong your pillow's life is to encase it in a pillow protector. These differ from pillow cases in that they zip around the pillow and act as a barrier between the case and your pillow. Pillow protectors trap allergens, bacteria, skin cells, and more from accumulating in your pillow, and your protector can be washed as frequently as your sheets. In terms of washing the pillow itself, this is highly dependent on the type of pillow you have. If you have a memory foam pillow, including a hybrid foam pillow that contains part fiber-fill and part memory foam or clustered memory foam, you cannot put these pillows in the washing machine. Memory foam pillows are spot clean only. All the more reason to have a pillow protector on these memory foam pillows!
You can wash traditional, fiber-filled pillows, and you should aim to do this at least a few times per year. Wash in the washing machine with a mild liquid detergent and run the pillows through the rinse cycle twice to make sure that all detergent is removed. It is crucial that pillows get completely dry once you run them through the dryer to prevent mold. In general, low-heat dryer settings are suggested for these pillows.
When to replace your pillows depends on their quality, type, and your care level. Fiber-filled pillows should ideally be replaced every 1-2 years or sooner, though their lives and comfort can be prolonged with proper care and washing. Memory foam pillows are more of an investment up front but can last over 5 years; some manufacturers offer up to 10 year warranties on memory foam pillows and products. No matter your pillow, if you become uncomfortable sleeping on it or notice that it has lost its shape, it's likely time for an upgrade.
Care for Mattresses
Just as with pillow protectors, the best way to protect your mattress is with a mattress pad. The pad is a barrier between your sheets and the mattress, preventing skin cells, sweat, and more from accumulating in your mattress. You should aim to wash your mattress pad once per month on a hot cycle in the washing machine to combat dirt and germs in your bedding. Mattresses are generally spot clean only. If you do get a stain on your mattress, spraying the stain with a solution of liquid dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda and blotting with a clean rag can help break down the stain. Experts suggest spot cleaning your mattress regardless of whether there are stains once or twice per year.
Most mattresses will last 8-10 years. If mattresses become saggy or is leaving you feeling uncomfortable, it may be time for a new mattress.
Taking great care of your bedding not only helps preserve your health and sleep quality but also is economical in that it allows your bedding materials to have longer lifespans. Invest in high quality bedding upfront and take care of it according to the tips above for best results.
While many people feel that memory foam is overall more comfortable than traditional bedding like fiber pillows and spring mattresses, they may not have a deep understanding of why memory foam is so comfortable. One primary reason for memory foam's supreme comfort is the pressure relief that it offers. SensorPEDIC memory foam is The Most Comfortable Memory Foam in the World. Read on for what helps our memory foam feel so luxurious.
Pressure Relief of Memory Foam
Memory foam cradles the body. We can certainly tell a difference in how it feels to lay on a spring mattress versus a memory foam mattress. The memory foam mattress contours to your body shape, offering more contact area between you and the mattress throughout your body - especially to the areas where we tend to hold the most tension including our backs, necks, and shoulders. When these contact areas are spread out evenly, the places on our bodies that store tension can relax since they are under less pressure. As important to contact area in relieving pressure while we sleep is support. Memory foam is naturally more supportive than traditional bedding.
How SensorPEDIC Foam Stacks Up
While memory foam is supportive and comfortable, not all memory foam is the same. Take SensorPEDIC memory foam for example. SensorPEDIC foam is The Most Comfortable Memory Foam in the World in part because of its superior construction, offering enhanced pressure relief and support. In tests conducted by an independent lab, SensorPEDIC memory foam was shown to provide a 33% reduction in overall body pressure and a 200% increase in contact area as compared to tests performed on baseline mattresses and pillows.
If you find yourself tossing and turning at night or unable to get to sleep because of tension in your body, you may want to consider moving to high quality memory foam bedding that offers superior pressure relieving support and contact area to help you get the best night's sleep possible.
According to Consumer Reports, nearly 30 percent of adult Americans struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep throughout the night on a daily basis. Additionally, 68 percent experience sleeplessness at least one night weekly. With the majority of Americans struggling to sleep each week, many advanced technologies are being utilized in bedding products to help individuals sleep better and longer. One of the key culprits in causing sleeplessness is feeling too warm. Our body temperature directly affects our sleep quality and quantity for a variety of reasons. For example, when we enter REM sleep, a sleep stage that boosts brain activity and is associated with dreaming, the body's natural temperature regulation system shuts off. For those who are not in a conducive sleep environment, environmental temperature changes due to hot bedding or a warmer room temperature may disrupt REM sleep and cause one to wake up. Many people also experience night sweats, and when individuals start to sweat, sleep is broken.
Because sleep temperature regulation is such an issue for many, it makes sense that bedding companies are working tirelessly to innovate technology that allows sleepers to sleep more coolly. The head is the warmest part of the body, and throughout the night, energy escapes the body through the head. For this reason, many people seek a cool pillow that reduces the need to flip the pillow over to the "cool side." Significant innovations in pillow cooling technologies include using cooling materials in covers and fill materials inside the pillow.
What Makes Cooling Pillows Feel Cool?
Cooling pillows often include covers that feel cool to the touch. These are produced using knit fabrics, which allow for more breathability than traditional woven fabrics. One key cooling fabric is polyethelene. These cool covers help deflect heat and keep the head, and consequently the body, cool. Additionally, cooling pillows may be filled with different materials that keep the pillow from getting warm including gel cooling beads, more breathable fibers, and the addition of phase change materials, which are sprayed onto memory foam. This type of phase change cooling fill technology is found in SensorPEDIC Cool Coat Technology.
What are the Benefits of Pillows Made with Cooling Technology?
There are numerous benefits of sleeping on a pillow made utilizing advanced cooling technologies. Some benefits include: