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How to Spring Clean Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

Spring means peeling off that blanket you’ve been hiding under since Christmas, and finally emerging from winter hibernation. Spring also means spring cleaning.

So, as you eye up that reorganization of your tool shed, and figure out what to do with those boxes of knick-knacks and mementos, don’t forget to clean the most important room in your home: the bedroom.

Why? A bedroom that is dusty, messy, and full of allergens robs us of the restful sleep we need to be at our best. Therefore, a clean and well-organized bedroom is vital to health, well being, and relief from seasonal allergies like hay fever.

Here are our top tips to get your bedroom ready for spring:

  1. Clear bedroom clutter: As practitioners of the art of Feng Shui will attest, a thoughtfully laid out bedroom is important for rejuvenation. As such, random shoes in the corner, piles of clothes on the dresser, and a treadmill that now serves as a coat rack detract from the peaceful feeling a bedroom should provide. Take this time to put clothes away, and remove any item that doesn’t have directly to do with sleeping. Many suggest, for example, that TVs, desks, computers, and exercise equipment fall into this category. Once you remove clutter, you’ll be amazed at how peaceful you feel when you spend time in your bedroom.
  2. Store away winter items: Dovetailing on the theme of clearing out clutter, you’ll want to deal with items in your bedroom and bedroom closet you won’t be using for the next nine months or so. In other words, there’s no real reason to trip over your bulky winter boots all year or have to reach past your puffy coat every time you want to grab a t-shirt. Put these items in a coat closet, storage room, or other out-of-your-way location.

Make the bedroom allergy-free: If you haven’t deep cleaned your house in a while, chances are your bedroom is rife with airborne allergens like dust, pet dander, and dust mites. Take the following steps to rid your bedroom of these sleep inhibitors:

  • Thoroughly dust wooden furniture like dressers and nightstands.
  • Clean the baseboards, blinds, and window sills.
  • Mop hardwood floors.
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filter.
  • Steam clean the carpet, upholstery, and if you have them, the drapes.
  • Wash all bedding, using washer and dryer settings that kill dust mites and bed bugs.
    • Typically, you want the highest temperatures the fabrics can handle, plus at least 30 minutes in the dryer.
  • If it’s due for replacement, replace the filter in your home heating and cooling system (with a HEPA version, if possible).

Optimize temperature and humidity: As outdoor temperatures and humidities rise so does the chance for indoor mold. Not only can this potentially cause damage to your belongings, but many types of mold spores are powerful allergens. Strive to keep your indoor humidity between 30% and 50%. An indoor temperature 67 degrees Fahrenheit or lower will also help prevent mold, as well as keep you out of the threshold of 68 to 77 degrees where dust mites thrive.

Start keeping pets out of the bedroom: Fido and fluffy sure love to cuddle, but pets in a bedroom are an allergy sufferer’s nightmare. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says pet hair isn’t an allergen inducer in and of itself. But the problem is that the hair can contain allergy inducers like pet dander (dead skin flakes), as well as saliva, urine, dust, and pollen. In addition to that, pet dander is a feast for dust mites, another bedroom allergen you don’t want around. In short, it’s best to make the bedroom off-limits for dogs and cats.

Use allergy-free bedding: Since you’re putting the flannel sheets away for the year, why not try some sheets designed to keep you cool and comfortable? Tencel sheets and pillowcases, for example, are hypoallergenic, smooth on the skin, and help manage heat and moisture for better sleep in warmer weather. And if you want the ultimate in allergen-free sleep, a memory foam mattress is the way to go.

Install a mattress protector, box spring protector, and pillow protector: The same way dust collects on a shelf and dirt accumulates on your couch cushions, airborne particles collect on an unprotected mattress. Over time, this will mean you’re sleeping on a super-concentrated collection of dust mites, pollen, skin flakes, mold spores, pet dander, and more.

Quality pillow, box spring, and mattress protection will seal out these allergy inducers. And in the case of an older mattress, seal them in as well.

In addition, a waterproof mattress encasement will guard against spills and bedwetting accidents, preventing moisture to seep into the mattress where mold can form.

Spring Cleaning Starts In The Bedroom: Regardless what your spring cleaning plans are, definitely make your bedroom a priority. And as part of your spring cleaning plan, consider the following Protect-A-Bed products to help provide real comfort and allergy relief:

 

We hope these tips help ensure better rest and relief from allergy symptoms from seasonal allergies like hay fever this spring and summer!

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