Is your bedroom making you sick?

The environment you sleep in can tell a lot about your health conditions. For example, if you wake up feeling more tired than you were when you went to bed, feel stuffy in the nose or simply have a headache every morning, it’s quite possible that your bedroom setup and furniture is not conducive to your health.

While you might have heard that a bedroom filled with clutter subconsciously affects your health, if your bedroom isn’t clean and a healthy space to live in, it will also leave you feeling sick. Here are a few things to consider in your bedroom. They might, in fact, be a result of your gloomy feeling:

  • Your unwashed pillow

Jumping into bed after a long day of work might be at the top of your priority list. While it certainly is relaxing, you often forget about the germs and bacteria you’re bringing into your bed after being out and about all day. Once your head hits the pillow, you’re transferring bacteria to your pillow.

Pillows are easy access to bacteria, mould and dust mites, leading to allergy symptoms such as sore throats, headaches and nasal congestion. Usually, people only tend to wash the pillowcase as opposed to washing the actual pillow, but it’s in the pillow that collects these dust mites and not on the pillowcase itself. If yours aren’t washable, be sure to replace your pillows once a year, and invest in an anti-allergy pillow cover to prevent yourself from falling sick. The same goes for headaches and stiff necks. Poor support and discomfort after a long period of time are bad for your health and could lead to other issues. If your pillow doesn’t spring back to its original shape after being slept on, you need to replace your pillow.

  • The wrong houseplants

Of course, plants are beautiful additions to any bedroom, but if you are not using the correct indoor plants that let in the right amount of oxygen and purify the air, you could be setting yourself up for an allergic or health-related reaction. For example, plant soil starts to spoil if the pot it’s in doesn’t have proper drainage facilities. This mouldy soil can trigger asthma and airborne allergies that could multiply if left unattended. A good rule of thumb is to never leave your bedroom plants to sit in a puddle of water.

  • Inviting your pets onto the bed

As much as your pet fits right into your life and living arrangements, be wary of allowing them to jump onto the bedroom furniture sets in your home. Cuddling is always comforting with your four-legged fur bestie, but if you’ve started to experience allergies from their comfort, consider letting them sleep in their own bed. Not only will you sleep better, as your rest will no longer be disrupted, you will also be free from dust, pollen, mould or bacteria that could potentially make you ill or develop allergies.  

  • Lighting candles in your home

Many women keep candles in their homes for the calming effect that they give off. While they’re environmentally-friendly when they’re untouched and simply sitting as ornaments, they can be harmful to your health when you start to burn them. The smell is lovely, and they certainly do give off a romantic atmosphere, but the chemicals that are released into the air are not worth the setting. Harmful chemicals such as benzene and toluene are let off as they burn, which are bad for your health. Not making use of candles and rather opting for soy or beeswax candles can exude the same effect at a healthier cost.

  • Not cleaning the vacuum cleaner

Storing a vacuum cleaner in or close to your bedroom without changing the filter bag is defeating the point of getting rid of dust particles. Why? Because you’re simply leaving a bag of dirt to spray right back into your bedroom environment that you’re trying to clean. Dust bunnies will stay in your vacuum cleaner if you do not remove the bag and change it from time to time. Also, in this process, try to use filtered material bags made from high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) to help you trap small, micro dust particles.

Another tip is to invest in natural cleaning items and always open your windows after vacuuming your home. This will allow fresh air in and to circulate, and in turn, let any dirt or stuffiness out.

  • Your old, grungy mattress

It’s one thing to know how much dust your mattress collects, but it’s another to know and clean your mattress regularly. Beds aren’t affordable in the sense that you can simply upgrade every year or two to a new one, therefore you need to look after and care for your bed. If you do have old bedroom furniture, it can store plenty of mould and dirt, so consider looking at modern bedroom furniture sets when you see a bedroom furniture sale and purchase something new and fresh that you can protect with the relevant covers. It might not even be the fact that your mattress is dirty, but rather that the firmness of the foam might be fading which could affect your back and the quality of your sleep. This, along with a spring clean, could drastically improve your health and subconsciously your mental health too.

  • A dirty carpet

While carpeting might make your bedroom feel warmer in the winter months and the fluffiness under your feet makes you feel warm inside, the number of dust bunnies that breed in a carpet are plentiful. From germs and bacteria from your shoes to fleas on your pets and more, there are so many germs that can be transferred from your carpet to your bedroom furniture. If possible, try to always invest in laminated flooring or tiles with a smaller rug as your carpet option. This is much easier to keep clean and healthy.