Most people don’t think about what they might be sharing their bed with at night and I am not talking about significant other or your pet. For most you are not alone when you go to sleep at night there is thousands if not millions of different types of fungi, bacteria and diseases that can be living inside of your bed. Here is a list of a few things that might be living with you when you go to bed.
Fungi can grow in your pillow and mattress, due to it being the perfect breeding ground for fungi culture. Beds have the perfect mixture of temperature and moisture, on average we excrete about 100 Liters of sweat per year while we sleep at night. A typical pillow contains many species of fungi, particularly A. fumigatus, researchers found that feather and synthetic pillows 1.5 to 20 years old can contain between 4 and 17 different species of fungus. Fungus in your pillow can cause diseases due to the pillow being close to our airways, we can develop respiratory diseases especially asthma and sinusitis infections. So it is important to make sure to always clean up after spills and to wash your pillow every once and while.
Fungi isn’t the only thing living within your mattress, bacteria also likes the comfort of your bed. Within a week your bed can start growing 3 to 5 million colony forming units of bacteria and after about a month nearly 12 million colony forming units can be found within your pillow case and sheets. Your mattress being a little better protected can produce the same number of bacteria after 1 year. We offer a mattress topper that is copper infused. Copper is anti bacterial and can kill or stop these colony forming units before they start. you can view our copper infused mattress topper here.
Gravity in this case doesn’t help much when it comes to getting dust on your bed thus attracting dust mites to live within your bedding and mattress. Think about how much dust you collect on objects that make it easier to see like your TV or bookshelf. Well that same amount of dust can be falling on your bed. Your bed offers food and protection for the dust mites to live and propagate with the averageperson shedding about 1.5 grams of dead skin a day, which is enough to feed a million dust mites.
If someone is sick then there is a high chance that your bed can contact the flu virus. The flu doesn’t survive that well outside of the body and may only be able to live for a maximum of 24 to 48 hours with most viruses dying off within a few hours. But if you share a bed with your significant other or kids it is best to change the sheets after your recover from the virus to help not to spread the virus. Our Copper infused mattress topper includes copper particles within the memory foam which act as a anti-viral element. Copper has a 99.9999% kill rate on the flu virus per hour.
Mold can grow on damp mattresses. Just think about the 100 liters a year we sweat out at night or that accidental spillage of water that wasn’t properly cleaned up can lead to a mold outbreak. For the most part mold on your mattress can be prevented by having a mattress cover that can properly let the mattress breath as well as protect it from moisture damage. A few precautions can lead to a healthier and cleaner bed.
Well this might not be for everyone but a lot of pet owners allow their pets to sleep in the bed with them. Dogs and cats can attract worms, fleas, and all sorts of different animal disease that can live and thrive within your bed. So, letting pet snuggle up beside you whole trying to get some ZZZ’s might not be the best idea if you want to keep your bed nice and clean.
So how often should you wash your bed?
Well it is recommended to wash your sheets and pillow cases about once a week, your duvet cover should be washed too but the duvet itself doesn’t have to be washed as often so every 6 months should be good. You can also wash some of your bedding like a mattress topper or the mattress itself. The mattress for the most part can’t be washed in a conventional way but you can take a look at this guide on how to clean a memory foam mattress topper to get an idea on how to clean your bed.