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Bedroom Air Quality

The quality of air you breathe in your bedroom can have a tremendous impact on your health and well-being. After all, with the exception of an office environment, your bedroom is the place where you spend the majority of your time. Here is how you can improve the quality of air in your sleeping area:

  • Open windows periodically to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the area.
  • Always air out rooms after painting or construction – open windows to allow fumes and dust to escape.
  • Air out all new mattresses for several hours prior to usage – remove the protective plastic covering, and wait until the mattress is fully aired out before covering it with any sheets or linens.
  • Use an air filter if you are allergic to pollen, dust, or animals. If you're extremely allergic, launder all washable sheets, pillow cases, and mattress covers at least once each week, and be sure to vacuum and dust your bedroom regularly.

To learn how to clean and care for your mattress, visit the Better Sleep Council's Web site.

[Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Better Sleep Council]

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