Thursday 8 December 2016

Your bed could be making you sick… Here’s why

Published 07/07/2016 | 16:03

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It turns out that our beds might not be as heavenly as we thought.

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For many of us, our bed is a place we go to for comfort, solace and relaxation.

It might not seem so relaxing after this.

Lurking among our pillows and blankets is bacteria, allergens and fungi.

Bed bugs are no myth – warm, cosy beds are the perfect breeding ground for dust mites.

“Dust mites droppings are highly allergenic,” Dr William Berger told CNN.

Each mite produces around 20 droppings a day.

Multiply that by the amount of days or weeks you haven’t washed your bedsheets – it’s sure not to be pleasant.

Research at Purdue University showed that beds have mould, bacteria and fungi literally between the sheets.

Furthermore, our beds can build up to 26 gallons of sweat a year, some studies say.

Considering we spend a third of our lives in bed, all of these factors combined may relate to why you’re not feeling so great.

Washing your bedding over 130 degrees Celsius and getting rid of pillows more than 6 months old is recommended to tackle the mites – and ensure a restful night’s sleep after reading this.

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