Home / The Bedroom Environment / Fresh Sheets for Better Sleep

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation

In a recent Bedroom Poll by the National Sleep Foundation, more than three fourths of people said they are more excited to go to bed when the sheets have a fresh scent, and roughly three quarters of people say they get a more comfortable night’s sleep on sheets with fresh scent.

Try to wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week, and keep a good quality spare set to use while the others are being cleaned. Find a laundry detergent with a smell that is pleasing to you, or no smell at all if you prefer. You may also want to do some upkeep on your mattress and pillows to freshen the smell and feel of your bed: wash your mattress cover in hot water and try cleaning the surface of your mattress with an upholstery cleaner or sprinkle baking soda to draw out moisture and vacuum it the next day. Most pillows can be washed as well. Keeping your sleep surfaces clean, with a pleasing scent, may make the bedroom more inviting and help your body relax and sleep peacefully.

Supporting Research

National Sleep Foundation Bedroom Poll

  • Was this article helpful?
  • YesNo

More about The Bedroom Environment

  • Sleep Health


  • The Bedroom Environment

    How to Design the Ideal Bedroom for Sleep

  • The Bedroom Environment

    Mold in The Bedroom

  • The Bedroom Environment


  • The Bedroom Environment

    Sleep Surfaces