Think your bed is cleaner than other species? Then think again!
Scientists say that, when it comes to sleeping, humans actually doze in dirtier beds than chimpanzees – yuck, time to give the bedroom a good scrub and stop sleeping in our own filth!
The findings showed that human beings sheets and mattresses harboured far more bacteria from their bodies than the animals’ beds did from their nests. And that doesn’t come as much of a surprise to us given that we lose up to half a pint (284ml) or more of fluid each night and we shed around 1.3oz (10gm) of skin per week – that’s over 1lb (520g) in a year – much of into our beds.
Which is why when looking at bedroom hygiene, it’s worth bearing in mind that your mattress should be replaced around the seven year mark for optimum sleep quality – by then you’ve got a a bath full of body moisture and half a stone of dead skin scales in your mattress!
Chimps appear to keep tidier and ‘cleaner’ sleeping arrangements than us probably because they make a fresh ‘bed’ each night. We insist on using the same bedding over and over. It’s really important that bedding should be washed regularly to decrease the spread of bacteria and pillows swapped every two to three years and washed every three months. Did you know for instance that an old, unwashed pillow could contain as much as 10% of its weight in skin scale mould, dead and living dust mites and their allergen laden droppings?
Maybe it’s time to rethink how clean your sleeping environment is and consider swapping your mattress – especially if it’s over seven years old!