Serious medical conditions linked to not washing bed sheets enough

Not washing our bedding often can be unsanitary and research has now shown a link between unclean bedding and a number of diseases. One in three people in the UK only wash their bedding once a year, according to a 2020 survey by Hammond Bedding.

According to the sleep experts at Bed Kingdom, the body secretes fluids and oils every night while we sleep, along with thousands of dead skin cells, the Liverpool Echo reports. This attracts dust mites that secrete fecal matter associated with allergies, asthma, rhinitis, and eczema.

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This is why many health factors require washing bed sheets more frequently, such as asthma or illness. An expert from Bed Kingdom told The Express: “It is recommended to change bed sheets daily for patients. Dust mite corpses 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.”

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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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