Clean sheets are the secret to happiness in life…

Fresh clean sheets

Despite the fact 3.8% of people in the UK say they only wash their bed linen once a year (seriously!) and 21% once a month, jumping onto clean sheets has been voted No. 1 of the top 50 luxuries we Brits value the most.

The little luxury survey..

A survey asked 2000 people to name their favourite little luxury in life and freshly made sheets topped the list. The findings change between men and women, young and old but one thing is clear. It isn’t the expensive luxuries that bring the most happiness, but the simplest things in life that are the best. Even the best gadgets that money can’t buy, don’t beat a good old book or a luxurious dip in the bath.

Top 50 life’s little luxuries

  1. Freshly laundered bed linen
  2. Time to read a good book
  3. Getting a takeaway
  4. Having a long soak in the bath
  5. A fresh haircut
  6. A cosy night in
  7. A short break in a hotel or B&B
  8. Watching the sunset/sunrise
  9. A lunch date with a friend
  10. When someone makes you a nice cup of tea/coffee
  11. Receiving a bouquet flowers
  12. Five minutes to yourself
  13. Luxury quilted toilet paper
  14. Catching your favourite film on TV
  15. A glass of champagne
  16. Getting your car valeted
  17. Buying fresh artisan bread
  18. Using a premium perfume/cologne/fragrance
  19. Having a manicure
  20. Going to the theatre
  21. Receiving breakfast in bed
  22. Enjoying a fine wine / whiskey
  23. Buying tickets to a concert
  24. Buying yourself flowers
  25. Leaving work half-an-hour early
  26. Receiving a hand-written letter
  27. Keeping an empty seat beside you on public transport
  28. Getting tickets to a sporting event
  29. A picnic
  30. Buying new makeup
  31. Paying for someone to clean your home
  32. Hitting the snooze button
  33. Applying a face mask
  34. Ordering the most extravagant dessert on the menu
  35. When the clocks go back
  36. Hearing your favourite song on the radio
  37. Having a blow-dry
  38. Finding a plug socket on public transport
  39. A lazy bike ride
  40. Ordering the most expensive main course on the menu
  41. Skipping the ads on YouTube videos
  42. Splashing out on expensive toiletries
  43. Spending time away from your phone
  44. Buying a new candle
  45. Reading a magazine
  46. Getting a ride in a sports car
  47. An extra shot in your coffee
  48. Upgrading to premium seats at the cinema
  49. Being invited to corporate hospitality
  50. Getting 4G coverage unexpectedly

Why do we all love that clean sheet feeling?

In other surveys asking about your favourite feel-good moments, fresh sheets top the list once again. So what is it about a clean sheet that makes it so special?

In some ways it is human nature. We all feel more comfortable or have a pleasant feeling when we are clean. In fact a whopping 75% of people say they get a better night sleep with clean sheets as they feel more comfortable. It is not that surprising, as we are programmed to associate cleanliness to a safe, healthy environment. Just knowing we are sleeping on clean sheets, can be a powerful motivator.

However there are other factors. It could also be the scent of our favourite washing powder, reinforcing our experience and creating a trigger for that feel good factor each time we jump onto clean sheets.

What is your little luxury in life? Do you love the feeling of clean sheets and does it give you a better night’s sleep? Tell us what makes it so special for you…

10 questions (you wish you had never asked) about dust mites!

Dust mites are invisible without a microscope. So tiny you wouldn’t even know they are there. But they are. Hundreds, thousands even million of them in your bed and other furniture. But are they actually bad for your health? Is it worth trying to get of them? Here are 10 of the most common questions asked about the little blighters.

1. What are dust mites?

House dust mites are tiny animals. Not to be confused with bed bugs, they are not insects but are actually related to spiders. They are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

2. Where do they live?

They are all around us, although beds are a prime habitat with between 100,000 to 10 million living inside every one. They can only survive in humid environments, so our sweaty beds are their perfect hiding place!

3. What do they eat?

They feed on dead skin that humans shed every day. Over a year this adds up to about 3kg per person!!

4. Are they dangerous?

BBC News has previously referred to dust mites as ‘one of the UK’s top man killers!’. The truth is, they do not bite or cause direct harm but they can still cause problems. Their droppings contain a protein which when breathed in or touched may cause allergic symptoms such as eczema, sneezing, itchy and a running nose.

5. Are only humans affected by dust mites?

Nooooo. Our 4 legged friends can be affected too! Up to 80% of allergic cats and dogs are also sensitive to them. Symptoms include itching, ear inflammation, rashes and skin lesions.

10 questions about dust mites
The teeny tiny dead skin eating dust mite that lives in your bed!

6. Can they live on humans?

They can leave red marks especially if you suffer from a skin condition. However the good news is dust mites cannot live on humans and are not known to transmit disease.

7. Are they visible to the human eye?

They are super small – around 0.33mm. They cannot be seen and the bites cannot be felt (unlike bed bugs but that’s another story!).

8. Do they only live in dirty houses?

Sadly not. Dust mites love a clean house just as much as a less clean house. They sneak into soft furnishings and love a good bed.

9. Will a dust mite proof mattress protector save me from dust mites?

Sometimes this will be recommended if you suffer from allergies. However, they won’t massively remove your symptoms as all your bedding needs to be dust mite proofed too.

10. How can I tell if I am allergic to dust mites?

If you are allergic it is likely you will experience the common symptoms like sneezing, running nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, nasal congestion or cough. However to officially validate your allergy you have an expert take skin prick tests or RAST tests on a blood sample.

So if you have not thought too much about dust mites before, there is probably now one more question you want to know. How do I get rid of them?! Even though home cleaning practices can’t eliminate them totally from your mattress, The Fresh Sleep Company can. We specialise in providing an eco-friendly, dry process that destroys and remove all organic debris including dust mites, bacteria, viruses, mould and fungi. For more information, take a look at how it works here . Alternatively give us a call on 01905 676100 and we can answer all your questions.