When it comes to bedding, it is not always the color scheme or the fashionable style that we choose from. We always go for the freshest, hygienic, and eco-friendly sheets that they offer. As time goes by, even bed sheets need to take a bath at some point, and you ask yourself: How often should I wash these sheets?
According to lifestyle experts, bedding sheets need to be washed once every week. Why? Because every time we go to sleep (7-8 hours every day). Your bedsheets tend to pick up a lot of grime from your body (E.g.: Dead skin fragments, dirt, stains, and moisture).
Some people tend to stretch out bedding sheets for more than a week. Depending on how clean their sheets tend to look, some would push bedding sheets usage for more than 4 weeks. But in reality, it’s necessary to clean your sheets once every week in order to prevent the accumulation of grime from growing.
What happens if I don’t wash my sheets?
Well, if you don’t wash your sheets, the bacteria from the sheets themselves accumulate and it can cause you to get:
Furthermore, it’s not just your bedding from your bedsheets that will need cleaning, it is also your couch that needs a cleanse every time you, friends, or family sit on it.
How to wash your bedding?
When it’s time to wash your bedsheets. There are many steps into ensuring that your sheets are comfy, clean, and fresh like it’s brand new:
Choose your cleaning product and read all of the instructions on the back.
Depending on the bedding you choose and the material. Bedding must be washed through hot water (Cotton = hot, polyester = hot)
In the machine, wash the sheets with gentle detergent
Bedding is all about colors. You always have to separate your bedding sheets by color (Light, rainbow and Dark colors). Sort out the colors and wash your sheets separately.
After you finish washing your sheets, dry them off (If you want to go eco-friendly, dry your bedding outside or if you need them REALLY quick, use a dryer)
If you plan to go all natural, your bedding will take about 3 to 6 hours (Or less if it’s a sunny day)
If you need them FAST and FURIOUS, you can use a dryer machine with a temperature of your choosing. ( ‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold “ Hot N Cold by Katy Perry”)
Bene and that’s a wrap! Caring for your bedding can go a long when it comes to helping you sleep. Here at GiNO, having good sleep hygiene is important to us. Keeping your sheets clean is an investment in your sleep health and a good night’s sleep.
No bed is complete without the most important essential: A Pillow. The soft, comforting, breathable, and cozy texture keeps your head protected and relaxed as if you’re sleeping on cloud 9. But when it comes to the time to replace a pillow, we all have that sense of not wanting to let go of something we cherished the most and having to start something new.
Experts say that we should be replacing our pillows every 1 to 2 years. Why?Because replacing pillows helps with: promoting hygiene, reducing allergies, and best of all, pain, pain, go away.
Why should I replace it if I like my own pillow just fine?
Some would say: “But I like how my pillow is. Why should I even change it?”, well, let me tell you this:
Your head & shoulders are crying for help from all the pain.
The pillow just isn’t hygiene anymore
They’re not as supportive as they use to be.
But what really makes someone want to replace their pillow for another one is simple: Dirt. From dust mites to mold, these health hazards can cause itchy skin, runny nose, acne, eye irritation, and making sleep almost impossible.
What can I replace my old pillow with?
You have a variety of pillows to choose from. For instance, everyone knows how Cotton is the oldest and most common material in a pillow. Being affordable for your desired price range.
Feather, the oldest and most commonly used material in pillow manufacturing: Durable and breathable.
Latex foam is soft, breathable, and best of all, helps your body relax. Natural Latex is both biodegradable and eco-friendly, making it durable and safe for the environment.
Memory foam is becoming a popular one in today’s markets. Our patented memory foam, Memoform; is designed to react to the weight of the neck and shoulders, offering a pleasant feeling of lightness while you rest. The GINO Pillow comes with a removable cover made from our signature performance fabric with silver fiber. The pillow cover is also machine washable, helping to keep bacteria away. Thanks to the Airyform technology, the channels present throughout the pillow core allow for optimal breathability and dispersion of moisture and heat, ensuring your pillow stays cool all night long. The 3D fabric used on the backside of the pillow further increases its extreme breathability for a pleasant and lasting feeling of freshness. GiNO pillows are also made by using only breathable and hypoallergenic materials that are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified and 100% Made in Italy.
Here at GiNO, our pillows have all of the qualities you’re looking for. Eco-friendly, hygienic, durable, natural anti-bacterial, and breathable. Replacing a pillow doesn’t mean a piece of you is going to go away, think of it as a fresh start with a feeling of freshness and best of all a 3-year warranty meaning that our pillows have a longer duration for your comfort.
What do you mean by comfort level?
The amount of comfort level is based on how you want your pillow to be. How often do you feel like adjusting your pillow to make it more comfortable to your liking? There are 3 types of comfort levels:
Before you start purchasing another pillow, think about the kind of comfort you want and how does it benefit your body. Do you want a pillow that is durable and firm or a pillow that is as plush as a cloud? Sometimes, it’s hard to let go of our most treasured memories, but as time goes by, we learn to let go of things and make a new start.
Ciao! Today we will be discussing our favorite thing to do, SLEEP! Here at GiNO, we think that sleep is just as important as our quality sleep products. The reason we are able to function each day is highly dependent on the amount of sleep we get. It is essential to get the right amount of sleep and make sure you are getting sleep in general, in order to take care of your body and mind.
The two topics we will be focusing on are how much sleep should you get, and why is sleep important!
Bene let’s begin!
How much sleep is the right amount?
For some of us, we would be considered the sleepy dwarf from snow white! However, oversleeping or sleeping frequently during the day is not as healthy or good for you as you may think. Getting little to no sleep frequently is also not a habit you should get into. So, if sleeping too much and too little is not the right amount, then what is?
Well, the right amount of sleep is seven to nine hours! As you grow older your sleep needs to change in order for your body to properly rest and prepare you for the next day. For example, a newborn needs 14 to 17 hours of sleep, but a teen or adult could range from a healthy seven to nine hours. Even though the sound of getting eight hours of sleep seems simple, our busy and unexpected lives could potentially get in the way of that. However, creating a consistent sleep schedule and nighttime routine will help you achieve these hours each day!
Ways to make sure you reach eight hours:
Get into bed at a reasonable time each day, that leaves you enough room to rest for the eight hours without feeling restless
Create a nighttime routine that can help your body adjust to your sleeping schedule. The routine can include reading a book before bed, listening to music, meditation, or a hot cup of soothing nighttime tea!
Create a sleep journal to track how much sleep you have been getting. This can be a powerful tool to use because you will then be able to see what areas you need to work on, and what you have to adjust within your daily sleeping schedule. You will also then be able to see what days leave you with less sleep compared to others, so you can potentially change that for yourself.
Making sure you are maintaining your sleep hygiene. If you want to learn more about this be sure to check out our previous blog where we go over the do’s and don’ts in order to have the perfect sleep hygiene which leads to a good night’s rest.
Without the eight hours of sleep, you could potentially feel sleep-deprived, this is a topic we will get into more during this blog!
Why is sleep important
Besides the fact that sleep is comforting and allows us to shut our eyes and take a break to just simply ~ do nothing ~, there are so many essential reasons why sleep is vital for our everyday lives!
Sleep is a way your body can recharge. Just like our phones, for example, they can’t run properly unless they are changed frequently. For us, our body needs and DESERVES to rest, after all, it is why we are functioning every day.
Before a big event, game, or exam, you are probably used to making sure you get a good night’s sleep. This is because your body is more productive and focused when you had the time to rest the full required hours.
In fact, your body is less likely to gain weight if you get the proper amount of sleep. You would be gaining more Zzzz’z than weight, and your body tends to improve good bacteria which helps with your digestion! Amazing right? While sleep physically helps your body stay healthy, it also helps mentally. With enough sleep, you can wake up feeling like sunshine; but with lack of sleep, your mood might be off and it could be hard to process your emotions in the way you normally would.
Speaking of lack of sleep, let’s get into the signs of being sleep deprived:
If you are getting less than eight hours of sleep each night frequently, you might be sleep-deprived, and the idea of feeling “widely awake” might be something you can’t remember anymore.
Here is a list that can help you diagnose if you are sleep deprived, and not to worry, we will also go over ways to fix this issue 😊 As always, GiNO’s got your back from comfy mattresses to healthy sleeping tips!
Let’s get started:
You get tired and drowsy after heavy meals, or when you are doing physical activities, such as driving.
You frequently if not always hit the snooze button. (We have all been there, but if it is a constant habit, it means you did not get the proper sleep in order to function well when it is time to wake up!)
You feel the need to take naps during the day (if you nap more during the day, your body will not be able to rest properly at night!)
You feel weak and tired during the day
You end up falling asleep while reading a book or watching TV at night
You wake up with a mood instead of feeling refreshed
Now before any freakouts, let’s move on to the list of what you can do, in order to prevent sleep deprivation.
Get you eight hours of sleep
Exercise for at least 20-30 minutes each day to get your body moving
Avoid heavy meals and caffeinated drinks close to bedtime
Get enough sunlight exposure when possible
If you have been trying to prevent this or improve your sleep but have not seen results, talking to your doctor would be a great way to get down to the problem
The most important thing is to make sure you are taking care of yourself and giving your body everything it needs to keep shining! Sleep is vital, and I hope you all get the chance to have the needed amount of rest each day! As always GiNO is here to answer any questions you may have.
Ciao! Welcome to our snooze o‘clock section, besides the mattress world, there is also a whole world of sleep! Our first topic to touch on is sleep hygiene.
You might be wondering, “what is sleep hygiene? and I am here to answer this for you.
Sleep hygiene is the practices and habits you obtain in order to get a good night’s sleep, these habits can also prevent certain sleep issues and discomfort as well.
Okay so now you are probably wondering if you have good or bad sleep hygiene! Listed below are signs that you need to improve on your sleeping habits:
Having background noises while sleeping
You tend to nap throughout the day
You do not have a consistent bedtime or sleeping schedule
You tend to drink a cup of coffee before bedtime
You have a lot of build of anxiety that troubles you to fall asleep
If any of these sounds like a familiar habit to you, not to worry! I will now the good practices you can take part of to ensure you a restful satisfying sleep:
Avoid daytime naps
Establish a nighttime routine
Make sure to sleep in an environment that is clean, healthy, and makes you feel comfortable
Perform stress relieving activities before bedtime such as; yoga, meditation, and journaling
Avoid eating heavy large meals and drinking coffee prior to your sleep time
Try to stay away from your phone, laptop, or any electronic devices before bed
Make sure to have a consistent sleep schedule
Associate you bed mainly for sleeping, try to avoid doing work or eating on it
That was a handful of good habits! There are many more tips and suggestions to improve your sleep hygiene, however, I will go more into depth on the ones previously listed.
Bene let’s begin!
Avoid Frequent Day Time Naps
Ah, the bittersweet daytime naps. It is a tempting feeling to just “rest your eyes” for a “few minutes” but what we all get tricked on is those short little resting minutes end up turning into a full three-hour nap! Oh mio dio, now the whole night you are up and the next day you will want to rest your eyes again because of the lack of sleep you got. See the endless nap trap pattern?
Napping can help you feel less tired during the day, but it will affect the amount of sleep you get during the night. A great alternative to napping is going on a walk instead! Even though it might sound like too much work, it is refreshing and can wake you up.
The key to feeling less tired is keeping your body moving, exercising and meditating are healthy ways to take care of your body and stay clear of the tempting yet dangerous daytime naps.
Establish a nighttime routine and keep your sleep schedule consistent:
It is important to also have a steady daily nighttime routine, just as you might have for during the day.
Usually, nighttime routines can include calming activities that are able to relax your body and prevent any stress and anxiety that could interrupt your sleep. Some of these activities include but are not limited to; journaling, meditating, reading, listening to soothing music, or even taking a hot bath!
We are accustomed to habits and routines, so make sure to allow your body to have consistency when it comes to the thing we need and love the most: SLEEP.
Avoid eating heavy meals or drinking coffee prior to bedtime:
That late-night pizza craving or that hot cup of coffee does sound molto delizioso, but it is not so great when it comes to maintaining a healthy sleeping hygiene.
Heavy meals before bedtime can lead to an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach! You could possibly get indigestion, acid reflex, a heavy feeling in your stomach, and pain.
However, you can still have a light snack such as some fruit, nuts, and occasionally some homemade popcorn won’t hurt!
Caffeine and Alcohol are stimulants, this means they will surely keep you restless at night if taken close to your bedtime. Now I am all for a tall glass of wine, but you have to make sure you are intaking these beverages at a reasonable time that won’t affect your precious sleep.
Try to stay away from your phone or any electronic devices before bed:
Yes, I do mean say goodbye to before bedtime Instagram scrolling! But only for a good reason of course.
The bright lights from the electronic devices can actually trick your brain into thinking it is daytime! So when you are staring at the screens right before bed, it will be difficult to get your body back into the resting mood.
Try to associate your bed with sleeping only:
Our beds are usually the most comforting place to be in the whole house, however, it is important to make sure you are not always plopping yourself on the bed for things such as work, or even eating!
When you associate too many other habits with the bed, your body and mind will be less likely to immediately want to sleep. Your bedroom and bed should be a calming sanctuary where you can take a step away from the busy life and take a breather! If you are working on your bed, you have now correlated rest and relation to stress and deadlines.
Keeping your bed clean and a place for a good night’s sleep can help boost your sleep hygiene tremendously! Maybe even purchasing a comfy new mattress can do the trick as well 😊
That’s a wrap!
Bene! You are all educated on the ins and outs of good sleep hygiene, and you might have realized there are some things to work on, for your sleep routine! Here at Gino getting the most comfortable and restful sleep is important to us, and I hope this helped and inspired you to keep your hygiene in check! If there are any questions, feel free to ask Mr.GiNO.