id you guys know that the average American waits about 25 days before changing their bed sheets? If you’re single evidently you wait about 37 days and apparently single men wait about 10 days more than women. WHAT?
This sounds insane! But why is this a big deal?
Well whether you’d like to admit it or not you lose fluids every night when you sleep. Through sweat, oil from your skin, saliva, tears, and if you have a cold a runny nose.✓
These get into your sheets and pillowcases.
You might wake up feeling dry BUT you weren’t dry all night and your sheets are accumulating all these fluids, making it the perfect breeding ground for dust mites and bacteria alike.✓
How often should you Wash your Sheets and Why?
Dust mites are teeny tiny bugs that you’re naked eye cannot see. These bugs don’t sound that bad… I mean we have microscopic bacteria ON our skin as our first line of defense against pathogens anyway… BUT these dust mites can actually affect your health, especially if you suffer from allergies, eczema, and asthma.✓
These dust mites feed on the dead skin flakes you shed.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), people shed about 1.5grams of skin daily, and this can apparently feed up to 1 million dust mites! Ugh! Gross and Freaky!
Now, much like cockroaches are a source of allergic reaction in people, these dust mites themselves can also cause allergies, but it’s not just these tiny critters. Their feces too! Yuck!
ONCE A WEEK
Would it surprise you then.. to know that it is recommended that you wash your sheets ONCE A WEEK in hot water to kill off these little bugs and the bacteria that might be festering?⭐️
So why bother with washing your sheets or changing them weekly? Are there any actual health concerns here? The answer is YES there are!
If you have allergies then you know the recommendations to avoid having pets in the house if you can, or remove any carpets from the room, or make sure you wash and change your sheets and vacuum the mattress? If not…well then these are a few things you should think about doing to help with your allergies.
Dry and itchy skin after contact with allergens or irritants is not only irritating and annoying but can actually put you at risk of skin infections. Why? Well, the scratching can break your skin allowing other bacteria, viruses, and fungi in.
Like allergies and eczema, dust mites can induce asthma attacks whether it’s during the day or at night. It is recommended that those with asthma reduce their exposure to triggers to help manage their condition. No pets, no carpets, vacuuming, cleaning your sheets, cleaning your vents. These are all recommended.. and now you know why!
By far maybe the least known health effect of not changing your sheets. There’s something referred to as acne mechanica. It refers to acne caused by pressure or friction on the skin from clothing or anything else..hmm like pillowcases? Maybe
Under your skin, you have glands that produce oil – sebum.
These glands are connected to your pores which open to the surface of your skin by follicles. These same follicles are where hairs grow. The oil from the glands helps bring old skin cells to the surface. Sometimes the hair, dead skin and oil clump together and get trapped under the skin.
Bacteria can also get trapped and produces inflammation leading to acne.
Now, if you’re sleeping on bacteria infested. oily pillowcases and you apply pressure and friction on your face or even back and chest from the sheets.. you might just get acne.
Clearly, there is more to changing your sheets than you thought. So what if you’re not asthmatic, not allergic and have no acne or eczema… why should you still change your sheets?
Healthwise, no Reason I Guess. Allergies Asthma Acne Eczema
Maybe no reason other than to stay clean.✓
Why wash the clothes you wear even when you stay at home? Why wash your underwear every day? Why wash your socks? Why wash anything? ODOR? Well, bacteria and sweat are never a good combination and chances are, your bed will start to stink. So maybe there’s that.⭐️
But the above questions… you might just answer with: We’ll I wore them. Right… well, you laid in your sheets and on your pillows all night for SEVEN days…✓
I think if you wash your clothes daily… why not wash your sheets weekly?
You tell me.✓