We don’t use our beds just to sleep on them – we eat, read, snuggle with our loved ones, watch TV and play with our pets in our beds. People who sleep an average of 7 hours overnight sleep for more than 50 hours a week, and almost everyone should invest more time in sleeping, considering how many other things we do in bed instead of getting some rest.
Although everyone wants the smell and feel of newly washed sheets, no one changes or washes them regularly. Sleeping on the same sheets for more than two weeks is a health hazard and should be stopped immediately – that’s the advice of Dr. Lisa Ackerly, a hygienist.
Our body is home to many viruses and bacteria which are usually harmless. However, when we sleep, some of them move through the sheets and mix with saliva, skin cells and other body fluids which may cause a big problem. In the end, an unclean bed can transform into an incubator of harmful bacteria such as the following:
This bacterium loves dirty sheets and may be responsible for lung, urinary tract and skin infections.
This fungus develops in the darkness between dirty sheets and can cause genital, throat and blood infections.
People suffering from acne should change their pillow case every couple of days to reduce contact with the bacteria that has caused the problem in the first place.
Flu and colds
It’s very important to keep the sheets clean when you’re suffering from flu or colds. Change the sheets and pillowcases every two days to avoid the infections from spreading.
These bugs can reproduce in the sheets at an astounding rate. They aren’t that harmful, but can be a big problem for people suffering from allergies. Watch the video below to see how they reproduce in dirty sheets:
Here are some tips on how to prevent these health risks:
- Changes your pajamas or nightgown every 2-3 days.
- Take a shower before going to bed, or at least wash your face and hands.
- Put a blanket on the bed first if you’re planning to play with your pet.
- Avoid eating in bed – if you notice any crumbs on it, change the sheets immediately.
- Keep your pajamas clean and wash them every 2 weeks.
- Keep your bedroom clean. Clean it with a vacuum every week and keep the furniture clean as well.
By following these tips, you will have more energy and sleep better than before. The tips require some effort from your side, but they will pay out in the end.