Do you know what you’re sleeping with?
HEALTH is the most important of our needs and is a priority for each and everyone of us.
The average person loses up to 1 pint of sweat every night whilst sleeping. Furthermore, we shed approximately 40,000 dead skin cells every minute which equals nearly 20 million dead skin cells every night. If the mattress is not properly protected, these natural impurities are absorbed into the mattress.
Dust mites are microscopic spiders that feed on our dead skin cells and in an unprotected mattress there can be a community of up to 10 million. Dust mites require heat, moisture and constant source of food to flourish. Dust mite allergy is the second most common cause of allergy in the UK, caused by a protein in their fecal matter and can trigger asthma and eczema attacks as well as rhinitis or just an unrestful night’s sleep. Dust mites will drop between 1 and 2 pellets an hour.
Other things that can be found in bedding are animal hair, dander, fungal mold, fungal spores, bodily secretions, bacteria, dust, lint, fibers, particulates, insect parts, pollen, soil, sand and cosmetics.
Philip M. Tierno Jr., director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University’s Langone Medical Center advises to change sheets and pillowcases once a week, wash bedding in water 55 to 70 degrees and dry them on high. Thirdly, he recommends to protect your mattress – Without an impervious cover, your mattress is a “zoological and botanical garden”.
Using a quality mattress protector will help to keep your mattress healthy and hygienic and promote a better night’s sleep!