Is your Bedroom Making you Sick?
If you feel more tired when you wake up, suffer from headaches, nasal congestion or sore throats then your bedroom could be making you sick.
Here are some factors in your bedroom that could make you sick.
Pillows can quickly build up excessive amounts of health issues such as bacteria, mould spores and dust mites which can lead to allergy symptoms like sore throats, headaches and congestion. Pillows should be replaced once a year if they are not washable. You can also place an anti-allergy cover to protect your pillow and the pillowcase should be changed every few days.
If you suffer from headaches, a stiff neck and sore shoulders it could still be your pillow. Pillows lose support and shape over time which leaves your head out of alignment with your spine. If you fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back or if your foam pillow has a permanent indention then you need to replace your pillow.
Candles are great for decorating and scented candles that you burn can add a romantic touch with a nice aroma. However, scented paraffin candles can release harmful chemicals like benzene and toluene as they burn and the scent is an irritant to those with chemical sensitivities. Try beeswax or soy candles to reduce the risk and stay away from candles that have a metal centre wick. Also keep a window open whilst you are burning candles.
A vacuum cleaner is the easiest way to tackle dust bunnies in the bedroom, but if your vacuum does not have a HEPA filter then you could be sucking up pollen, dust, dirt and grime to only spray in back into the air of your bedroom.
You will want your bedroom to sparkle but not if that means headaches, respiratory problems and eye irritation. Commercial cleaning products deliver this to those that are sensitive to fragrances. Use natural cleaning products rather that are free from harmful chemicals.
You spend about a 1/3 of your life on a mattress where skin flakes, bodily fluids, dust mites, dirt and bacteria will build up. A mattress needs regular cleaning. You can also get a mattress protector that is impermeable to dust mites, fluids and small particles.
A mattress will also lose support over the years as they develop sags, wear and flattening due to the body weight. If you suffer from an aching back then you may need a new mattress. A mattress should be replaced every 5 to 10 years.