Beds are not only for sleeping – we spend time cuddling there or watching TV while lying in them. We spend more than 50 hours a week in bed only by sleeping, and even more if we spend most of our free time watching TV while lying in bed.
Although everyone loves the smell of fresh sheets in the bed, we can safely say that we don’t pay much attention to them. Washing and changing the sheets can be a tiring job, so none of us are doing it regularly. However, according to newest studies, not washing and changing your sheets every two weeks can put your health in grave danger.
Dr. Lisa Ackerley says that our bodies carry various bacteria and microorganisms which we transfer to our bed when we go to sleep every night which is quite normal. Not all of these germs are harmful, but they might accumulate and grow on our sheets in amounts that can represent a problem. Our bed can eventually become an incubator for many health risks like the ones you can see in the list below.
1. Staphylococcus aureus
This dangerous bacterium can grow in our beds and cause urinary tract, lung and skin infections.
2. Candida albicans
This fungus loves unwashed bed sheets and can cause a variety of genital and skin infections.
If you’re suffering from acne, you need to change your pillowcases every couple of days to reduce your exposure to bacteria.
4. Colds and the flu
If you’re often suffering from colds and the flu, you’re probably not washing your bed sheets often. Change them every few days to prevent the infection from spreading.
5. Dust mites
Dust mites might not be responsible for any diseases, but they can be quite a problem if you’re allergic to them. Here’s a video showing them in action:
To keep your health in check, you need to change your pajamas twice a week and take a shower before going to bed – if you can’t, at least wash your face and hands thoroughly. Never eat in bed, and if you allow your pet to climb on your bed, at least put a blanket on it. Wash your bed sheets every two or three weeks and keep your bedroom clean at all times. Follow these tips and you will definitely sleep better and improve your overall health.
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