On average, in the read spend (or should spend) at least a third of the day, as experts advise sleep 8 hours a day in a day. With the current life expectancy, on average 20 to 25 years are spent sleeping. For this reason it is very important that the bed is clean and therefore able to control the mites and microorganisms that could settle on our sheets.
Some mites that can also appear from the hand of silverfish, those scissors-like insects that are found in homes due to humidity.
Typically, people who don’t wash their sheets often sleep systematically with more allergens than necessaryand this can mean an increased risk of developing asthma or dust allergies.
Advantages of washing the sheets
For those who already suffer seasonal allergies – in spring or summer – it is essential to change and wash the sheets periodically, as it helps to reduce the negative effects of the immune system anomaly.
For these cases it is recommended wash the sheets even more than once a week. And it has many benefits, as it has been researched and proven to prevent disease (as well as reduce the effects of allergies).
For example, a Cambridge study on daycare stated this washing bedding every day can reduce the frequency of gastroenteritis. There are also other studies that claim that cleaning the mat prevents respiratory infections.
Therefore, the growth of mites and other microorganisms varies in every season of the year depending on this we will have to increase the number of washes, or not. For example, in the summer we will have to wash the sheets more often as it is the time when we sweat the most.
Also, in case we get sick or someone in our house has an allergy to mites, it is recommended to wash the sheets very frequently and with hot water, about 60 degrees.
Avoid contact with dirty hands or clothes
To minimize the dirt that can accumulate between the sheets and maintain hygiene, you need to avoid small details that can dirty them, such as touching them with dirty hands or dirty clothes. Therefore, we must avoid sitting or placing things in bed when it is undone, as all the dirt will stick to the sheets.
The worst enemy: humidity
It is important to keep in mind that the passage of microorganisms – such as bacteria and fungi – from one surface to another it is bigger when wet. Hence, we must avoid the bad habits of sleeping with wet hair after a shower or leaving sweaty clothes on the bed, as they will leave more microorganisms soaked on the surface.
If the clothes are dry, the transmission of microorganisms is hardly detectable, but it all depends on the contact time and friction.
In addition, it is advisable to take a shower before going to sleep to remove dirt from the body that can stain the sheets, but above all we will have to dry the hair well so as not to wet the sheets.