With the advent of fitness trackers and all sorts of sleep apps, we are slowly becoming obsessed with monitoring our sleep, and getting a better quality rest at night. The reality is that we are still letting ourselves be slumberjacked by skipping the easy things that promote natural sleep.
Here are five things that may be impacting your sleep, according to the sleep experts at AllerEase:
1. Sleeping with your pet. Dander, flees, hair and pet slobber, just don’t do it!
2. Using an old mattress. Does your mattress need to be retired? About 70% of Americans report their mattress is at least four years old or they don’t know the age of their mattress.
3. Not washing your bedding weekly. Did you know that less than 13% of people wash their bedding frequently (even though allergists recommend doing so)?
4. Having a partner who snores, loudly. A snoring partner can really mess up your natural sleep cycle. Congestion due to dust mites, nighttime allergies, and allergens in your bedding may be the cause.
5. Using unprotected bedding. The average bed contains household allergens and 10,000 to 10 million dust mites, which can set off allergy and congestion symptoms.
Now that you know what could be causing some of the sleep issues in your home, you can find relief for your natural sleep pattern. Protect yourself and your bedding from allergens and unwanted crawling friends with these tips:
- Wash your bedding at least once per week.
- Use anti-allergen bedding.
- Use allergen barrier mattress and pillow protectors.
- Vacuum and dust the bedroom regularly.
- Resist the urge to open the windows and opt for air conditioning instead.
- Remove dust-collecting clutter from the bedroom.
- Change filters in your furnace and air conditioner frequently.
- Use a dryer: Do not dry clothing or bedding outside to avoid pollen exposure.
- Wash (and dry) plush toys regularly. Place non-washable plush toys in a zip-lock bag and put them in the freezer for 3-5 hours every week to kill of any dust mites.
- Use a dehumidifier to help keep humidity below 50%. Dust mites thrive at higher humidity levels.
- Use easy to clean hardwood, title or linoleum flooring instead of carpeting.
- If you have carpeting, use a vacuum equipped with HEPA filter to reduce airborne dust.
Your Personal Care
- Shampoo hair nightly and change clothes before entering the bedroom to avoid transferring outdoor allergens to your bed.
- If you have an outdoor pet, keep them away from where you sleep.
- Minimize direct exposure of your pets to your bedding. Do not allow them to sleep in your bed.
Are you getting slumberjacked by not utilizing these tips? If so, what habits need to change for you so you can get a better natural night’s rest?