• Your bedsheets and 11 other things you should be washing more often (especially if you don't want to get ill!)
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Your bedsheets and 11 other things you should be washing more often (especially if you don't want to get ill!)

    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?

  • Could lie-ins at the weekend make you smarter and slimmer?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Could lie-ins at the weekend make you smarter and slimmer?

    Time to hit up the snooze?

  • The 7 sleep mistakes you don't know you're making
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    The 7 sleep mistakes you don't know you're making

    Are these sleep beliefs sabotaging your sleep?

  • Here's why a bad night's sleep makes you hungry
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Here's why a bad night's sleep makes you hungry

    Forget puffy eyes and poor productivity, lack of sleep can play havoc with your hunger levels!

  • The surprising reason it gets harder to sleep as you get older
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    The surprising reason it gets harder to sleep as you get older

    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.

  • Can you actually train your body to need less sleep?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Can you actually train your body to need less sleep?

    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.

  • Trick yourself into being a morning person (even when you’re really not!)
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Trick yourself into being a morning person (even when you’re really not!)

    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.

  • Why do we wake up with gloopy sleep goo in our eyes?
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Why do we wake up with gloopy sleep goo in our eyes?

    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.

  • Here's why you really shouldn't sleep in your bra
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Here's why you really shouldn't sleep in your bra

    Picture the scene. It’s Friday night and after going for ‘just the one’ after work, you eventually tumble through the door in the early hours and you’re so, so tired worse for wear. Too tired to take off your make up, or brush your teeth, and as for removing your clothes, well forget about it.

  • 11 things that totally changed our sex lives in 2016
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    11 things that totally changed our sex lives in 2016

    Forget Brexit and the US Presidential election, the real politics has been going on between the sheets. From innovations in sex toys to men finally taking charge of the contraception, women getting vaginal massages to next generation condoms, this year may have been pretty pants when it comes to life in general, but as far as sex is concerned it's been a bit of a winner.

  • Why you should never go to bed with wet hair (it's not because you'll catch a cold)
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    Marie Claire Dorking

    Why you should never go to bed with wet hair (it's not because you'll catch a cold)

    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.

  • Don’t lose sleep about your extra hour’s sleep
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    Don’t lose sleep about your extra hour’s sleep

    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.