How often should you change your bed sheets? Sleep expert reveals the answer

Do you have a strict schedule for how often you change your bed sheets?

As humans, we are dependent on our mattresses to have a healthy sleeping pattern so keeping them clean is essential.

Research in the UK shows that almost half of single men don’t wash their bed sheets for up to four months at a time, with 12% admitting they wash them when they remember, which may be even longer.

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Single women changed their bed sheets more often with 62% washing their sheets every two weeks.

Sleep expert Dr Lindsay Browning has said that you should be washing your bed sheets once a week, or leaving them every two weeks at most.

She told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat that “sweat goes into the sheets making them not only smell disgusting but also become quite clogged up.”

Dr Browning said that not washing your bed sheets often enough results in your dead skin cells building up in the sheets, which mites feed off.

She said: “You won’t only be sleeping in the yuckiness of the sweat and dead skin cells, but the mites too.”

According to Coventry Live, making your bed everyday can tackle dust mite build up.

Sleep expert Jasmin Lee from Eachnight.com explained: “Having a freshly made bed can provide enjoyment and comfort, and having clean sheets helps fight bacteria and dust mite build up.

“Setting your mattress in a sunny area can also help kill bacteria. Making your bed every morning and putting on extra layers of bedding can help even further protect and shield your mattress.”

Jasmine also revealed the most effective method to clean your sheets.

“If you have any decorative pillows, throw blankets, and mattress pads or toppers, you should put these aside and out of the way to give yourself room to clean the mattress,” she said.

“The washable pillowcases should be washed with the rest of your bedding and linens in hot water whilst also following the care instructions and guidelines.

“Putting washing on the highest possible heat whilst drying is essential to kill any bacteria and dust mites.”

She also said using baking soda is a good tip to freshen up your bed.

“Baking soda is a natural odor neutralizer,” she said.

“Let it sit for an hour before vacuuming up if you have layered the mattress with a generous amount of baking soda on top.

“Steam cleaning mattresses has also been shown to be effective especially since it helps to remove allergen and dust mites.”

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