Not washing your bedding enough can be very unsanitary, but studies have now linked dirty bedding to a number of diseases.
According to a 2020 Hammond Furniture survey, one in three people in the UK only wash their bedding once a year.
Sleep experts at Bed Kingdom say that the body secretes fluids and oils every night while we sleep, along with thousands of dead skin cells.
This attracts dust mites that secrete fecal matter associated with allergies, asthma, rhinitis, and eczema. This is why many health factors require washing bed sheets more frequently, such as asthma or illness.
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An expert from Bed Kingdom said: “It is recommended to change bed sheets daily for patients, as the corpses of dust mites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.
The expert continued: “Symptoms may include coughing, sneezing, rashes, itchy eyes, and runny nose. Dust mites are also a very common trigger for asthmatics. It is therefore beneficial for your comfort and health if bedding is washed frequently.”
Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Alok Viya explained that there are more bacterial organisms in our bodies than in our cells. She said, “When you let dead skin cells rest in your sheets, these bacteria can thrive. If they get back on your skin, it can lead to folliculitis.”
To avoid letting your bed sheets become a vehicle, the experts at Bed Kingdom recommend making time to wash your bedding at least once a week. A spokesperson for the company said: “Laundering bedding can be seen as a hassle and chore for many of us.
“As with any chore, it can be easy to procrastinate and leave it until the last minute, but the potential effects on your health are a good reason to take the time. Sticking to a schedule for stripping the bed in the morning is good for keeping your laundry well done as you’ll be rewarded with clean sheets in the morning.” Next time you get into bed.”
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