I’m a sleep expert and here’s how using clean sheets and pillow cases can lead to better rest

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A SLEEP expert has revealed the secret to ensuring the perfect siesta – and it starts with a clean sheet.

Brits often adopt various routines and rituals when it comes to washing their bedcovers – but which works best?

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How clean your bed sheets are can significantly impact the quality of your sleepCredit: Getty

It is important to clean your bedding to get rid of germs, dead skin cells, body oils and bacteria that can build up.

On average, an adult sheds 1.5 grams of dry skin each day, and a large amount of it is found within the bedsheets.

Unfortunately, those skin flakes attract dust mites, which can lead to allergy or asthma symptoms like coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

But as well as cleaning up your act for your forty winks, washing your sheets can also boost your overall well-being and mood.

That’s why bedding expert Malik Karman from Eachnight Mattresses is on a mission to explain why its so important to keep up with changing your bedding.

As a general rule of thumb, your bedding and pillowcases should be washed once a week.

Malik explained a spin in the washing machine will get rid of nasty oils and allergens that collect in the fabric, ensuring the surface “stays clean and comfortable.”

He recommends washing your actual pillow every four to six months to help it maintain its comfort and support.

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You don’t need to wash it too often as long as they’re kept covered in a clean pillowcase.

But Malik reminded Brits to double-check if their pillows are washable by checking the care tag.

He told the NottinghamshireLive: “A rule of thumb is that a pillow that can be fluffed up is machine washable, such as feather pillows and shredded foam pillows.

“However, it’s important to double-check.”

But as pillows soak up our sweat and skin oils like a sponge, sleeping on a dirty cover can actually affect our health.

The sleep fanatic explained: “The effects of a pillow left unwashed can be minor, such as a sleeper noticing they have more facial acne or their pillow has a funky smell.

“However, people with allergies may notice an increase in symptoms that significantly impact their quality of life.”

A Bedroom Poll Report by National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed that 71 percent of people had reported having a better night’s sleep on sheets with a clean scent. 

Your mattress protectors can be washed every couple of months, while every day throws can go in once every season.