When it comes to washing things like our bedsheets, we have all the good intentions. But somehow, the Stranger Things box set, seems to get in the way, and before you know it, changing the bed has slipped right to the bottom of the to-do list. Oops. But could our cleanliness (or lack of) be having a knock on effect of our health? According to some studies it could because not keeping on top of our bed sheet laundry means we’re creating a breeding ground for harmful microbes that can totally make us ill. Philip Tierno, from New York University, told Business Insider that we need to be washing our sheets every week if we want to avoid some seriously icky effects on our health. According to the microbiologist, microscopic life can build up over time within our bed clothes and, eventually, make people sick. In fact, just two weeks of, er, build-up is enough to leave you with a scratchy throat, especially if you suffer with allergies. In other gross news of the day, your unwashed bedding could also be making you sneeze and sniffle more as the microbes are near your face, meaning you’re likely to breathe them in. Bleugh! And your bed sheets aren’t the only household item we should be washing more often than we do. We spoke to cleaning experts Helpling.co.uk , the UK’s leading online platform for booking a cleaner, to reveal some everyday items you need to be washing right now. Like, now, now! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK . Read more from Yahoo Style UK: The 7 sleep mistakes you don’t know you’re making How to chop an onion without crying Have we been storing tomatoes all wrong?
Can't sleep? Science says it could be down to our age as we find it harder to know when we're sleepy as we get older.
Should we be focussing on the quality not quantity of sleep we’re getting? Well, that might just be doable as according to one sleep expert it is actually possible to train your body to need less sleep. Professor Jim Horne, sleep neuroscientist at Loughborough University, claims that most of us can actually make do with just six hours shut eye a night.
According to The Body Clock Guide to Better Health only about 1 in 10 of us is a true morning person, which means that for 90% of us the struggle to get out of bed is very *real*! Thankfully, even if you’re not a naturally early riser, you can still fake entry to the pre-breakfast party because while around 50% of our brain’s body clock is dictated by our age and our genetics, the other half can be trained.
Sleep, eye bogies, or if you live in the US eye boogers. According to Tej Johal, optometrist at Maverick and Wolf the icky stuff is actually made up of a bunch of different materials, including mucus and oils, that gather overnight. “Eye discharge is a combination of mucus and oils which gather in your eyes,” he explains.
Time to plug in the hairdryer because going to bed with wet hair will have you waking up with the snots. When you lay your wet hair onto your pillow, friction from tossing and turning in your sleep can temporarily damage your hair. It will then be harder to style when you’re in a rush to leave the house the following morning,” explains Phil Smith, Celebrity stylist and creator of BE GORGEOUS.
As we prepare to rewind our clocks by an hour and rejoice in the hope that this might mean a whole extra hour in bed, we’ve got a bit of news that might just pop your snooze bubble. Thus a 60 minute shift is a massive adjustment to take on board, and can throw our whole sleep pattern out of sync with our body clock,” explains ‘Dave Gibson, Warren Evans’ Sleep Expert. Other sleep experts agree the extra hour can be disruptive.